Nara is an important place of japanese history and that is why you will also see a lot of school-classes there and for me it was interesting to see their school-uniforms,because school-uniforms are totally unknown in Austria or Germany.
We also tried to talk to some of them, but even though they tried to speak some english, it was absolutely impossible to understand anything. Our local guide told us that the language-lessons in japanese schools are completely different from what is done in Europe, in Japan they rather learn just some phrases by heart and when-ever they cannot use these phrases in a conversation, they are not able or trained to create any other sentances than the one they had learned by heart.
Our tourguide had spent several years in Germany and was perfectly speaking german. We had a group of 4 german-speaking tourguides who followed our ship through Japan, because it was impossible to find good german-speaking guides in our other ports of call.
The most visited site in Nara...
The most visited site in Nara is the Todai-ji temple complex.
Its best-known relic is its Daibutsu, a colossal statue that, with 15 meters in height, is the world's largest gilded bronze Buddha. It is housed in an all-wood building, the Daibutsu-den, 48 meters in height, the largest wooden building in the world.
Visit the Daibutsu (Big Buddha)
When you are in Nara, one of the most popular places to visit is Todaiji. This temple is the largest wooden temple in the whole world and houses Japan's largest Buddha statue. The sheer size of the statue is so overwhelming and it gives you a crick in the neck just by looking at it. So don't look at it for too long, hehe.
One of Japan's Famous Deer Parks
Nara Park and Miyajima are probably Japan's most famous places to see, pet, and feed deer! The park itself is rather ordinary and unspectacular (not counting all of the historical sites that surround it!), yet because of all the deer, many visitors consider it a "must-see" place in Japan.
The deer roam around the park freely; there are no pens or gates to keep them in or out, so they sometimes cause problems for drivers when they walk out onto the road, but for visitors it is fun to see deer so tame! It is fun to purchase some deer senbei (often called "deer cookies") for 100 yen to feed the deer. Overall, the park is cheap fun and its right in the middle of all the attractions, so its certainly worth at least a walk-through!
The Nature of Nara
"Great Architecture, Green Spaces, Tackiness Galore"
Nara is a lovely place to visit for a day or two. A manageable city, with the green spaces of Nara Park, the beautiful architecture of Todai-ji, the excitement of near escapes from the ever hungry killer deer, and (dare I say?) the tackiness of an English seaside resort.
Nara has it all!
Beautiful Todai-ji is the crowning glory of Nara. This is supposedly the largest wooden structure in the world, and it houses the largest bronze statue in Japan: The Great Buddah. You will no doubt appreciate the stunning architecture and the escape it provides from the rabid deer of Nara park, sadly however there is no escape from the megaphone wielding Japanese tour leaders.
The novelty of Nara's deer quickly wears off. These beasts want blood! In order to protect themselves, the peole of Nara have come up with a great scheme - get tourists to buy biscuits for the deer, so that the deer eat the tourists rather than them!
Don't believe the locals displays of sympathy when you show them the stump where your middle finger used to be!