Slept in a little (woke up a little after 8) and took a train to Nara.Around a 50 minute train ride from Namba station on the Kintetsu Nara line (which let’s you off closer to NaraPark 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-jiTemple area, through the national museum and then up to Todai-jiTemple.
Todaiji Temple - Largest wooden building in the world!
Everyone had told me that KiyomizuTemple 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, HoryujiTemple.
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