Me vs. the Rain. Taking place in Nara for one day only.
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May 23rd, 2010 – by: saltycoco
Well it did rain, and it wasnâ€™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 doesnâ€™t go well together when Iâ€™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 werenâ€™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.
Nara was Japanâ€™s first capital, and this year they were celebrating Naraâ€™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, itâ€™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.
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.
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