We were uhhming and ahhing whether to go to Nara in our very short stay in Kyoto, but after we made the decision, it turns out to be one of the best places we visited during our Japan trip. Located less than an hour from both Osaka and Kyoto, Nara was actually the first capital of Japan. The town is riddled with beautiful old palaces and shrines, all surrounded with breath-taking nature and possibly the best part of Nara… its deer. Hundreds of them roam the town, completely freely, in search of tourists who might treat them to some tasty deer crackers, sold at almost every corner. Since our time in Nara was pretty limited, we tried to cram in as much as possible, so we went on a 40 minute hike up a hill that overlooks the entire town and provides spectacular views of both its skyline and the impressive nature around it. Of course, at the very summit, we encountered some more deer, so we decided to share our last deer crackers with them as a prize. So glad I decided to go to Nara after all!