Most people usually just take a day trip to Nara, but I recommend staying overnight in this charming little city. Yes, Nara’s attractions are all within walking distance and it’s definitely more than possible to cover them all in a day, but if you’ve got more than a day to spare, then why not? This way, you don’t have to rush getting from one attraction to another and you can take your sweet time strolling around Nara Park, take the view in and feed the deers while you’re at it.
Speaking of the Nara deers–where do I even begin? Just a few minutes after exiting Nara station, we were already greeted by a number of them. So here’s a tip for future Nara tourists, make sure you don’t have food or drinks and even paper in your hands or in your open bag. These deers are always eager to eat, even if it takes a little butt-poking or sleeve-pulling. Not that they’re violent or anything (at least in my experience). My sister and I bought crackers to feed the deers the next day and they were pretty gentle. I guess we got the well-behaved ones.
As you can see in the photos below, Nara, like most of Japan’s more famous cities, is a beauty to behold during sakura season. The blush-colored trees match the greens and browns perfectly. Compared to Kyoto and Osaka, we saw the most sakura blooms here. (Probably because we got to Kyoto too late already) So without further ado, here’s my Nara photo diary. I even included the restaurant we ate at that served the yummiest udon (It’s located somewhere along Higashimuki Shopping Street where all the shops and restaurants are.) plus that moment I tasted my first ever sakura soft cream. Enjoy!