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2013/05/24 Visiting Japan Day 4: Nara: Todai-ji (temple with the great Buddha), Kofuku-ji temple, a 6h tour and walk through Nara
π 2013-05-24 00:00 in Japan, Japan2013, Trips
From Nara station where we slept, we went to our Ryokan for the upcoming evening/night: Hotel New Wakasa where we dropped our luggage and met Mino-San, our guide for the day whom I was able to book the previous night and was thankfully able to meet us the next morning to share her knowledge with us and give us a great 6H guided tour of Nara Park, the temples, and finishing in old town where Jennifer got to enjoy sake tasting :)

The week we were there, was also "schoolkid visit everything" week, so we saw many everywhere :)



Todai-ji, which houses the great Buddha
Todai-ji, which houses the great Buddha




it's supposed to be good luck to go through this hole in a pillar
it's supposed to be good luck to go through this hole in a pillar

yes, it is big
yes, it is big

We then continued our tour of the park and its sights, with Mino-San's lead:












Eventually came time for a nice lunch:



Speaking of lunch, Nara Park is known for deer which are used to being fed, and can be very hopeful and begging. If you have something that looks like a rice cracker in your hands, it might be eaten :)

This is why they have this emblem for Nara
This is why they have this emblem for Nara

first, they look cute and all
first, they look cute and all

oh, there are more :)
oh, there are more :)

this one knew where the rice crackers came from :)
this one knew where the rice crackers came from :)

hello, pet me and I'll eat your map :)
hello, pet me and I'll eat your map :)


some school kids started being overwhelmed by the attention a bit :)
some school kids started being overwhelmed by the attention a bit :)


And back to our visit to see more of Nara Park and we finished outside the park:











And after parting ways with our guide (thank you), we went to sake tasting, and learned about neko cafes, cafes where you can pay for some amount of time to interact with cats if you don't have your own (not a bad idea actually):



Later, we walked back to our Ryokan through a nice park, and deer feeding locations to use up the crackers we had bought:








nice and quiet after everyone has left :)
nice and quiet after everyone has left :)

From there, we headed to Hotel New Wakasa, our great ryokan for sunset from their terrace, dinner served in our room, onsen, and some good sleep, not excluding a nice breakfast served in our room the next morning too.








Yum!
Yum!


And sleepy time after dinner:


And a nice breakfast the next morning:


Bye bye Nara, we'll remember you :)



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