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Asia » Japan » Nara » Nara November 10th 2019

If you’re visiting Kyoto you’re probably going to make a side trip to Nara, where you can view the one of the world’s largest bronze Buddha statues and interact with the adorable and sometimes pushy deer. The deer of Nara Park roam the area surrounding the Todai-ji and the National Museum and are hoping to be fed special deer crackers (made of wheat flour and rice bran), for which they are supposed to bow three times. Clement had much better luck at this than I did, and made many deer friends. We both tried to only feed well-behaved deer, and the young little deer that were at risk of having their crackers stolen. Occasionally deer would get aggressive and either nip at you or try to rush you in an attempt to get you to drop ... read more
Deer of Nara Park
Deer of Nara Park
Deer of Nara Park

Asia » Japan » Nara » Nara May 15th 2019

We went down to breakfast and were approached by a man who recognised us from Pesach in Ramot. We all introduced ourselves and after some chit-chat sat down and had our breakfast. We then made our way to the underground to go to the Imperial Palace where we had tickets for the Aoi Festival parade. The Aoi Matsuri is the most prominent of Kyoto’s three famous festivals. The parade involves over 500 people dressed in the aristocratic style of the Heian period who walk from the Imperial Palace to the Kamo shrines. Aoi means hollyhock which was the symbol of the Towagana shogun; all the parade participants wore sprigs of hollyhock, as did the animals and floats. The procession starts with the imperial messenger and his retinue. They are followed by men on horseback, giant bouquets ... read more
Maidens accompany Saio-Dai
enormous wooden Todai-ji temple
partial panorama of Todai-ji Great Eastern Temple complex

Asia » Japan » Nara » Nara January 28th 2019

Amidst snow flurries we rode to the station. As we travelled the countryside had delicate white lace edges from further flurries. Undeterred we continued to find maps and accommodation in Nara. By 2pm we set out and it was a bright sunny afternoon at 4 degrees Celsius. We wandered the parks near Todaiji Temple filled with sight seers, festival tents with food and many many deer wanting food which, being Japan, was being sold by special deer food sellers. I found my first plum blossom mid way up the hill. The sun filtered down on us as we enjoyed being outside, breathing fresh air and seeing 'much beautiful nature'. Many people were out and about finding their spot for the festival. I was delighted when we got to the top of Wakakusa Hill to hear taiko ... read more

Asia » Japan » Nara » Nara October 12th 2018

We went on a day trip to Nara today, taking the train first to the temple at Horyuji . Horyuji Temple (法隆寺, Hōryūji) was founded in 607 by Prince Shotoku, who is credited with the early promotion of Buddhism in Japan. Horyuji is one of the country's oldest temples and contains the world's oldest surviving wooden structures. We walked a little more than a mile to the temple, since the bus wouldn't leave for almost an hour. There were signs all the way in English, so it was easy to find. Unfortunately, the entrance fee was three times more than the average temple, and the main feature, the ancient gate built in 607, was closed for repairs. We still visited the site, viewing the Five Story Pagoda, also built 607. It was disassem... read more
Our toilet

Asia » Japan » Nara » Nara June 29th 2018

We got up early this morning and managed to get down early to have a nice breakfast again. It meant we could get to the station and get on our way to NARA Which was our destination for the day. We found the ticket station easily and found the right platform but still managed to catch the wrong train. Luckily it was a local train that stopped at a station that connected with the right train. A quick dash and we basically caught the same train that we should have so all good. Arrived at Nara and bought a local loop pass for the bus so we could get around easily. Arrived at the first stop and there were deer wandering around everywhere. It was quite amazing to see them all and how comfortable they were ... read more

Asia » Japan » Nara » Nara May 21st 2018

We decide that today we will take a day trip to Nara, which we read was the capital of Japan in the eighth century. It is about an hour by train south of Kyoto. We get off at Nara station and walk through the city towards the main attractions. We stop for breakfast. The restaurant has finished serving breakfast, so I order a pizza. I’m not sure that I’ve ever had a pizza for breakfast before. It is excellent and is certainly the best pizza I’ve had since we arrived in Japan. That said, it didn’t have much to beat. The only other pizza I’ve had here was a disgusting blob of melted cheese on a non-existent base. We keep walking. We‘re a bit surprised to see some deer standing on the footpath, and in a ... read more
Deer, Nara
Deer, Nara
Isuien Garden

Asia » Japan » Nara » Nara March 30th 2018

The bus is booked, the itinerary complete and the bags are almost packed. Watch out for our updates from this spring trip that will take us to Tokyo, Nara, Kyoto, Himeji, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Hita, Kunisaki Peninsula, Matsue, Amanohashidate, Kanazawa, Toyama and Tokyo again before we fly home. Who knows we may even come up with some Haiku poetry again- not to mention spectacular examples of origami that Hide-san will teach us!... read more

Asia » Japan » Nara » Nara March 1st 2018

We arrived at Nara station in the afternoon and decided to walk the 6 kilometres to our hotel to save the £10 that a taxi would have cost. We quickly regretted that decision. Our bags have recently put on weight - my bag weighted 7 kilos when I left Paris 5 months ago and is now almost 12 kilos! We were very tired so we stopped on the way and ate a snack from the convenience store in the middle of the street. We finally made it to our hotel, which was very nice and cost us the same price as the hostel in Osaka! There was a bathtub/jacuzzi so the first thing we did when we got there was to make use of it! We ordered food to our room in the evening. On the ... read more
Kingdom of the deers
Pedestrian and deer crossing
Todai-ji temple

Asia » Japan » Nara » Nara August 13th 2017

Unser Hotel ist direkt am Bahnhof, Züge nach Nara fahren alle halbe Stunde, dieser Ausflug war kein Kunststück. Zug fuhr vorbei an Kowata, da haben Ikuko und Tomio gewohnt und ich habe sie mehrfach dort besucht. Nächster Halt war Uji mit dem schönen Tempel - aber Nara bietet so viel, wir hatten keine Zeit. Auch in Nara gibt es für 500 Yen eine Tageskarte für die städtischen Busse, so dass wir uns lange Märsche ersparten. 1. Der Kohfukuji war der erste Tempel, der uns empfohlen worden war. Allerdings blieb uns seine Schöheit verborgen, er wird gerade renoviert. Immerhin gab es eine nette Pagode und ein achteckiges Gebäude. 2. Today ji = Dong da si = großer Ost Tempel. Der grösste Holzbau der Welt, 57 x 50 x 48 m. Dazu passend ein riesiger Buddha drinnen, 15 ... read more

Asia » Japan » Nara » Nara April 16th 2017

Japan Day 3 Sakurai to Koyasan. Stats, Ave speed 16kph, Ascent 1550m, Distance 73km - arrived at 4.15 Yesterday was easy on a relatively flat route. Today, by contrast, was fierce with over 1,500m of climbing but luckily in good weather again with a maximum of 27 degrees and sunny. Perfect for me. The day started by taking the 8am train to Sakourai and collecting our bikes there, having been transported by the van. Sauri, our young female guide, told us to get on the train on platform 1 and get off it at 8.29. Can you imagine that in the UK, predicting when a train will arrive to the minute? It was a very steady start passing quite a number of large sawmills and plenty of timber yards and timber merchants. The roads were relatively ... read more
Poodling along
Regional drain cover.

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