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Not shy at all...

Slept in a little (woke up a little after 8) and took a 10AM train to Nara.  Around a 50 minute train ride from Namba station on the Kintetsu Nara line (which let’s you off closer to Nara Park than JR).  Train was mostly empty until the last station before Nara.  At the station I got some maps and info from the very helpful people at the info desk, including advice on how best to get to Horyuji later that afternoon, then headed into the park.

 

Now I had heard about there being deer roaming around the park, but figured they’d be hard to spot and that with my luck, I’d go all day without seeing one.  No chance of that!  These deer are 100% domesticated by all the deer cookies and flock around the tourist areas for the goodies.  And they are everywhere!

 

Walked through Nara park through the Kofuku-ji Temple area, through the national museum and then up to Todai-ji Temple.

Todaiji Temple - Largest wooden building in the world!
  Everyone had told me that Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto was the best there was, but I have to say, Todai-ji is IMPRESSIVE!  This building is huge, and supposedly it’s only 2/3 the original size!  And the Daibutsu statue inside is even bigger than the one in Kamakura!  This temple truly impressed me.  It was fun watching the kids crawling through the hole in the pillar; legend is if you can fit through the hole, you will reach enlightenment.  Guess I need to wait for the next lifetime…

 

From Todai-ji I walked up the hill to Nigatsu-do (nice views) and Hokke-do (nice statues…no pictures allowed) then down to Kasuga Taisha shrine, which was, unfortunately, closed for the main part due to a wedding.  Walking through the part is very nice though, and well worth it in and of itself.

 

From here, walked down to the JR Nara station to catch the train to my next stop, Horyuji Temple.

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Not shy at all...
Not shy at all...
Todaiji Temple - Largest wooden bu…
Todaiji Temple - Largest wooden b…
Osaka skyline from the train
Osaka skyline from the train
Kintetsu Nara Train Station
Kintetsu Nara Train Station
Kintetsu Nara Train Station
Kintetsu Nara Train Station
Guess I will see some deer...
Guess I will see some deer...
Kofukuji Temple
Kofukuji Temple
Theyre everywhere
They're everywhere
Kofukuji Temple Five Story Pagoda
Kofukuji Temple Five Story Pagoda
Kofukuji Temple with Five Story Pa…
Kofukuji Temple with Five Story P…
Kofukuji Temple Five Story Pagoda
Kofukuji Temple Five Story Pagoda
Kofukuji Temple
Kofukuji Temple
They know where the food comes fro…
They know where the food comes fr…
Lounging around
Lounging around
Ím walkin here!
Í'm walkin' here!
Nandaimon Gate of Todaiji Temple
Nandaimon Gate of Todaiji Temple
Gate guardian at Todaiji
Gate guardian at Todaiji
Gate guardian at Todaiji
Gate guardian at Todaiji
Todaiji Temple
Todaiji Temple
Todaiji Temple
Todaiji Temple
Me at Todaiji Temple
Me at Todaiji Temple
Todaiji Temple
Todaiji Temple
Todaiji Temple gate
Todaiji Temple gate
The Great Buddah - Variocana Budda…
The Great Buddah - Variocana Budd…
Buddah with Lotus
Buddah with Lotus
Buddahs Bodyguard
Buddah's Bodyguard
Todaiji Temple when it was 33% big…
Todaiji Temple when it was 33% bi…
Back of the Buddah
Back of the Buddah
Reproductions of the first two hea…
Reproductions of the first two he…
The Buddahs throne
The Buddah's throne
Decoration on the throne
Decoration on the throne
Im enlightened!
I'm enlightened!
Nigatsu-Do
Nigatsu-Do
Wakaksuyama Hill
Wakaksuyama Hill
Kasuga Taisha Shrine
Kasuga Taisha Shrine
Light the way...
Light the way...
Nara
photo by: yasuyo