Escapism In Osaka Pt. 1 – Nara Park

Finally playing catchup on my escapism travel blog after a 3 week long Asia tour that took me from Osaka Japan to Seoul Korea, over to both Beijing and Shanghai China. It’s been one hell of an adventure with some much to take in which includes people and sites, food sampling tours and of course, the parties. But let’s start at the beginning of it all, touching down in Osaka for the first All City Flava tour (which I’ll recap soon) and a long overdue visit to Nara Park commonly referred to as Deer Park where 1000 deer roam freely as do people.

Established in 1880 the vast area is renowned for its free-roaming deer and world famous temples. Feeding the deer is an attraction in itself and special crackers are on sale all around the park. Considered the messengers of the gods, Nara’s over 1000 deer have become a symbol of the city and have even been designated as a natural treasure. From time to to time you’ll notice deer bowing if you bow to them but some deer have learned to bow to visitors to ask to be fed.

Nara Park is also the location of many of Nara’s main attractions including Todaiji, Kasuga Taisha, Kofukuji and the Nara National Museum. It’s the perfect place to spend and entire day taking in the sites and enjoying the peaceful surroundings that are calm and relaxing.