Kyoto and Nara, part 2
Nara Travel Blog› entry 8 of 10 › view all entries
July 3rd, 2008 – by: mewzak
As you exit the temple, you are walking on the grounds of Deer Park, where hundreds of deer roam freely. While some of the deer chose to rest nonchalantly in the shade, most of the deer decided to greet their visitors in hopes of getting treats.
On the outskirts of Nara Park is the Kasuga Shrine. This Shinto shrine is known for its many lanterns. There are over a thousand stone lanterns that line the path to the various shrines and tori-i on the property. The lanterns are lit during major Shinto ceremonies, and the neighboring forest is said to have a spiritual sense about it. What was really cool was that there was an old tree trunk that had a young tree growing in the middle of it. It reminds us that there truly is a circle of life, and everything old is new again!
When we returned to Kyoto after our trip to Nara, Chris and I decided to visit the Kyoto Tower. We went up at an ideal time - we were able to watch the beginning of sunset over the mountains. We took some pictutes, had our picture taken with the Kyoto Tower mascot, and headed into the mall at the train station to find food for dinner. Although I wanted to have a noodle dish or some other authentic cuisine, Chris wanted something more familiar, so we finally agreed to eat at an italian restaurant in the mall. When we finished eating, we walked around the mall for awhile and then decided to return to the hotel room early and relax for the remainder of the evening.
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