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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.

Asia » Japan » Nara April 16th 2017

Japan Day 4 Koyasan to Shikoku Island 65km What a night. Sleeping on a 40mm mattress and a rock hard bean bag did nothing for my old body. I don't remember ever sleeping but I assume I must have done for a few short intervals. I awoke at 2am and walked the length of the Temple to the toilet only to see on of the old monks doing the same dressed in a cloak and puttees, which looked like bandages around his legs and funny white soft shoes on his feet. I thought I was in the Burmese jungle during WWll. I surfaced with puffy eyes, a stiff neck and a bad back ready for breakfast of good quality but not over generous portions. Luckily a Frenchman next to me was not enamoured with Japanese food ... read more
The Lotus Position
Cemetery figure

Asia » Japan » Nara October 19th 2016

Tuesday afternoon, I went with Bon-chan to the U-En guest house. It is a place where all my flatmates are working. While we were having coffee, the girl at the information desk gave me a paper and asked me if I would be interested. On this paper, was a "job offer" for 1 day where I was supposed to go visit Sakurai area (1h from Osaka by train), and I should give my impressions about the place by filling a questionnaire and doing an interview after the tour. All costs would be payed by the company and they will give me 10 000 Yen (100 euro) for the day... After asking around what was the catch (because the offer was too good), looking at the place on my guide book (I actually planned to go there) ... read more
Panorama from Hasedera main hall terrace
Nuimen with sushi and sweet
Omiwa Jinja

Asia » Japan » Nara » Nara July 15th 2016

La petite ville de Nara se situe à environ une heure par le train au sud-est de Kyoto. Elle est particulièrement exceptionnelle pour son magnifique et grandiose temple Tōdai-ji, construit à l'origine en l'an 752 alors que Nara est la capitale du Japon qui est alors sous grande influence chinoise. Il est d'abord imposant par sa taille mais ce n'est qu'une fois à l'intérieur qu'on peut vraiment en mesurer l'ampleur. Un bouddha d'une taille extrêmement imposante (environ une cinquantaine de pieds) vous accueille dans toute sa sérénité et sa grande sagesse. Il représente la voie de la tolérance. À ses côtés, trônent, non moins sages, deux statues recouvertes d'or de dieux bouddhistes représentant la sagesse et la mémoire. Mais pour arriver à ce gigantesque temple, il faudra passer par la pagode à trois étages, puis par ... read more
Le non moins imposant Bouddha
il est beau derrière les lotus...
Trop mignon!

Asia » Japan » Nara » Nara May 18th 2016

Konecne mi dnes z batohu ubudne batozina. Zbavujem sa treniek a oblubeneho tricka so vsetkymi simpsons postavickami. Na recepcii uz je nova baba, rozlucka a smer nijo stanica. V kyoto stanici prestup na dalsi vlak. Vo vlaku kopa skolakov. Cesta ubehla rychlo, vystupujem na stanici JR uji (nara line dalo sa ist aj keihan line,vystupuje sa na inej stanici pred mostom ale rozhodol som sa pre prvu varianty). Pri stanici je hned turisticke centrum, fasujem tu mapu. Bohuzial je tu len jedna teta co dava informacie a ta je obsadena, tak vonku cumim do mapy, porovnavam s wikitravel a ide sa. V plane mam navstivit chram Mimurotoji Temple, podla wikitravel su tam pekne kvetiny. Velmi zaujimavo tu maju riesene parkovanie aut, auto dole, nad nim dalsie a dokonca este aj nad nim. Triple parkovanie, to som ... read more

Asia » Japan » Nara » Nara September 28th 2015

I slept so well last night, my bed was like a little cave with the curtain as it blocked loads of the light out. I even managed to fall asleep with the main room light on. Despite there being only one shower on the floor in the hostel there was no queue, so it didn't take too long to get ready. A cup of green tea and we were off. My friend had found this place online that was close to Umeda Station, where we would be getting the train. It was a beautiful morning and we had a good walk looking for the cafe. There were lots of people on their way to work and my friend commented that people from Osaka are always in a hurry compared to those in Tokyo, as they jaywalk ... read more
Kohinomori
Nara Park
Nara Park

Asia » Japan » Nara » Nara September 24th 2015

Indie maja świete krowy, Nara ma sarny. Co prawda miejscowe znaki informują o obecności jeleni ale pisał je chyba jakiś łoś. A wiec sa sarny, świątynie i święty spokój. O sarnach można napisać nawet wiecej niż to, że są. Początkowo chcieliśmy usunąć Nara z naszego napiętego planu podróży z powodu braku czasu i, jak sądziliśmy, powtarzalności tego, co możemy tu zobaczyć. Byłby to niewybaczalny błąd. Osakę opuszczaliśmy żegnani deszczem i z ulgą. Duże miasta męczą. Osaka jest pod tym względem szczególna, bo jest bardziej nastawiona na rozrywkę i atak na wszystkie zmysły turysty. Neony, zapachy, gwar wdzierają się do głowy tak intensywnie, że dwa spędzone dni to maksimum jakie moglibyśmy przeznaczyć na to miejsce za jednym podejsciem. Podróż tzw. JR Limited Express Train, czyli po prostu pociagiem pospiesznym, była nawet szybsza ni... read more
Deszcz
Sarny pasą sie nawet na ulicy.
Znaki ostrzegawcze.

Asia » Japan » Nara » Nara August 10th 2015

Umzug und Neuplanung der Reisepläne, weil wir jetzt in einem feinen Tatamizimmer schlafen und das Hostel in Kyoto auswärts läge, schlafen wir in Osaka und pendeln die nächsten 2-3 Tage nach Kyoto. Nach der Umbuchubg gehts ab zum Bahnhof nach Nara, wo wir zum typischen Tempelnationalpark, der Wiege der japanischen Kultur fahren. Bei 40Grad wird gewandert und geschwitzt, der Riesenbuddha angeschaut und entspannt herumgewitzelt. D probiert alte Herrschaftsgewänder an und der letzte der wahrscheinlich im dreistelligen Bereich liegenden Tempel wird bestaunt, diesmal mit fünfstöckiger Pagode. Nara ist eben süß und historisch. Dramatische Klavermusik überall! Aber wir sehen Nara nicht nur von seiner klassischen Seite, sondern auch die moderne, junge Seite, als wir in kleine Hinterhoflokale nach Ds Bauchegfühl stolpern, um Ramen und Udon zu essen. Was Authentischeres wird man als nich... read more
lichtermeer
Okonomiyaki gerollt - japanischer dürüm
lichter am see

Asia » Japan » Nara » Nara August 10th 2015

From Osaka, it was a quick ... read more
Shika-senbei for sale
Toka-e @ Fokuji
Katsu-don & Zaru-soba set

Asia » Japan » Nara » Nara May 19th 2015

The last thing I wanted to see in Osaka was the Umeda Sky Building in downtown right by Osaka Station. That made it very convenient for me to move from Osaka to Nara by train. Lucky for me, I was able to sleep in because the building didn't open until 10am. Around 10, I arrived at Osaka station where I was able to take an underground passage way to the Umeda Sky Building. The passage wasn't anything special, but it did have a little bit of flare in the form of a rainbow squiggly stripe down the middle. The Umeda building structure was the true treasure. It was a pretty intriguing architectural design. I followed some Korean and French tour groups into the building to figure out the way to get to the ticket counter. It ... read more
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