Students visited one of the largest temples in Japan, played with deer, and explored Nara City.
Nara is one of the most famous cities in Japan for its history, temples, and most of all, deer. The deer in Nara are considered sacred and because they have no predators, people can pet them, feed them, and take pictures with them. They can get rather greedy about taking food from people though.
The students visited the Todaiji Temple, home to a huge Buddha statue or Daibutsu. The temple is a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site as “Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara”, together with seven other sites including temples, shrines and places in the city of Nara. Sika deer, regarded as messengers of the gods in the Shinto religion, roam the area freely.
After the Todaiji temple, some students went to the Kohfukuji Museum of National Treasures. Some artifacts in the museum are over 800 years old. The rest of the students used their afternoon free time exploring and experiencing Nara’s many places.
Check out the slideshow below to see the Todaiji Temple and students interacting with the deer.