When staying at a ryokan or other lodging facility, may have a choice of breakfast options. Often times there will be a traditional Japanese breakfast and western style alternative. The western style breakfast is similar to what you may find in the United States or Europe. You should expect some combination of eggs, fruits, and meats. Other options may include pancakes, waffles, or toast. Juice, tea, and coffee are common breakfast beverages as well.
The western style breakfast pictured contains fried eggs, fruits, ham, bread, juice, and coffee. A selection of butter, jam, and honey was provided for the bread. Expect the breakfast items to change depending on the season or even daily at a ryokan. If your lodging does not serve breakfast, you can find western style options at local cafes and restaurants.
Ryokans offer many opportunities to enjoy Japanese culture and cuisine. Some ryokans offer their guest the option of ordering a traditional morning breakfast served in their room. While it is not an inexpensive option (around $25 per day), a traditional breakfast is certainly worth trying. If you are not interested in a traditional breakfast, most ryokans offer a western style option with items you would normally expect. Keep in mind that breakfast items can vary by day and season. You may not know what you are ordering until it actually arrives.
One of the unique aspects of a traditional breakfast is how everything is served. Each item is a small portion put into separate dishes. The breakfast usually includes fish, rice, vegetables, and tea. Expect a mixture of hot and cold seasonal items. The entire breakfast can vary in size depending on your ryokan and what they have available. The next time you stay at a ryokan, remember to order a traditional breakfast for an adventurous and delightful experience.
Below is a list of the items pictured:
The city of Nara, Japan is located east of Osaka, Japan and south of Kyoto, Japan. It can be reached by about a 50 minute train ride from Osaka or an hour train ride from Kyoto. Nara is well known for the Todai-ji Buddhist temple. While the temple and its statute of Buddha are well worth seeing, many tourists also enjoy visiting the Nara deer.
What are Nara Deer?
The deer found in Nara are known as sika deer. The deer are wild and are a protected species in Japan. You can find sika deer in other locations across Japan such as Miyajima Island. The deer in Nara are fairly tame and used to people visiting the area.
Where can I see Nara Deer?
The Nara Deer can easily be found at Nara Park. The easiest way to reach Nara Park by train is to get off at Kintetsu-Nara Station and head directly east. You will pass by Nara Park while heading towards Todai-ji temple.
Can You Touch or Feed Nara Deer?
There are special crackers available for sale around Nara Park to feed the deer. You are not supposed to feed them anything else. Use caution if you want to pet them as they are wild animals.
Nara Park in Nara, Japan