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Me vs. the Rain. Taking place in Nara for one day only.

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Kofukuji Temple.
Nara  

Well it did rain, and it wasn’t just light rain, it was pouring down like crazy.  My plan for today was to visit Nara.  I borrowed the hostel umbrella and arrived in Nara after 9 am using the JR line from Kyoto station.  Apparently there are 2 stations in Nara.  One operated by JR, and the other by Kintetsu railways.  The JR pass is not valid on the Kintetsu line.  The JR Nara station is further from the Nara temple grounds and shrines.  Well it was already a miserable day to begin with.  Normally I love the rain, but carrying an umbrella on one hand and holding my camera on the other just doesn’t go well together when I’m traveling and sightseeing at the same time.
 

One of the first sites I visited is Kofukuji Temple, but I only paid to see the Treasure House.  Well sadly pictures weren’t allowed in the building.  But it did contain some amazing collection of artwork and Buddha statues, and the building was small enough that I only spent 30 minutes before I left.  I continued on east mainly staying close to the other travelers and tourists, and met some of the tamed residential deer that roam Nara Park.  I heard stories that they will eat about anything so I put my passport and JR pass in a really safe place in my backpack.  In one of the spot was someone selling feed for the deers.  It was a lot of fun watching the little kids laughing and giggling as they gave those crackers to those deers.
Todaiji.
 

Nara was Japan’s first capital, and this year they were celebrating Nara’s 1300th anniversary.  I continued on to Todaiji temple and saw so many people with their umbrellas open as they walked to the building.  It was such a picture worthy site to behold.  Todaiji is huge, it’s supposedly the biggest wooden building in the world, and inside is Daibutsu a giant Buddha statue.  I was looking at the people from the distance, and they looked so small compared to the Todaiji building.  This was the highlight of my daytrip to Nara, and I was really glad to have seen it.  Other sites I visited in Nara included Nigatsudo and Sangatsudo located near each other.  I walked south from there to Kasuga Taisha shrine, but a section of it was close due to what looked like a post wedding picture taking event.
Daibutsu.
  I tried to take a glimpse of the bride and groom, but they were inside the building that I could barely see it.  From that point I didn’t know what else to see in Nara.  The bad weather really put a damper to the day, and add to the fact my feet were hurting.  I walked along a forested area, and tried to find my way back to the JR station.  I passed along a pond with small boats, but nobody was there.  I’m sure if it was a sunny day, that place would be packed with people going on a picnic, and taking a rowing boat ride on the pond.  

On my way back to the station, I ate my late afternoon lunch, afterwards visited the arcade shopping area and souvenir shops.  I came back to the hostel around 4 or 5 pm, hung my jacket to dry and just sat on the bed to relax.
A shrine in the off beaten path in Nara Park.
  One of my roommates also came back and was soaking wet.  It was my last night in Kyoto so it was a bit of a disappointment that I had to go back to the hostel early.  After about 1 hour of resting, I got dressed up and decided to have dinner at Kyoto station.  This time I visited the 10th floor restaurants, which is more a fast food dining experience. Most of the shops on the floor sold ramen, where you have to order and pay your food in a vending machine outside the restaurant, afterwards it prints out a ticket for you to show to the waitress.  Due to the bad weather, there were more people eating there tonight, and a long line was formed in some of the restaurants as people waited for a seat.  I had another hot bowl of ramen; I can’t seem to get enough of it.  Afterwards I ordered an 850 yen green tea ice cream with a cake on top, and an assortment of sweet jelly and beans in the bottom, it was really good. 

ted332 says:
nice pics! :)
Posted on: Jul 20, 2010
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Kofukuji Temple.
Kofukuji Temple.
Todaiji.
Todaiji.
Daibutsu.
Daibutsu.
A shrine in the off beaten path in…
A shrine in the off beaten path i…
Rain rain go away.
Rain rain go away.
So many umbrellas.
So many umbrellas.
Another statue inside Todaiji.
Another statue inside Todaiji.
Hello deer.
Hello deer.
Small quaint restaurant in Nara pa…
Small quaint restaurant in Nara p…
Kasuga Taisha shrine
Kasuga Taisha shrine
Kasuga Taisha shrine
Kasuga Taisha shrine
Nara
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