Initially I wasn’t too keen to visit Nara – all I heard about that was that there was a giant Buddha and a park full of deer. But I was pleasantly surprised by this small town, more than half of which is covered with parkland. Nara is a beautiful day out from Osaka or Kyoto, where you can spend a day picnicking in the park, exploring the temple and feeding the deer special deer biscuits which you can purchase from vendors in the park. And also be amazing by the giant Buddha (the largest bronze Buddha statue in the world). In the end, I was glad that we spent a day in Nara.
For JR Pass holders, there is one train from both Kyoto and Osaka, which run half hourly from Kyoto and every 15 minutes from Osaka. When you arrive at Nara JR Station, it’s a leisurely 1.5km walk through the town to the park.
Purchase good luck amulets from Todai-ji (the temple which houses the giant Buddha). A great souvenir to bring home from Japan. I bought a number for myself and my family.