Nara- Todai-ji and Deer

Nara is known for the wandering semi-tame deer and Todai-ji temple.  As you can see from this hilarious, but truthful sign, the deer are kept tame only by the shika-senbei available for sale to feed them.  They still do crazy things when tourist season winds down, but are fat and lazy during the busy periods.

Todai-ji is the home of the largest bronze daibutsu (buddha) in the largest wooden building in the world.  Below are some pictures of the area surrounding the temple and the views inside.  My pictures, unfortunately don’t do this landmark justice.  The thing is truly massive, on a scale not easily captured by photography.  If you end up in the Kansai area, its worth a train ride to Nara to check it out.