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As I said earlier Nara is small compared to other places we've been but I've had a really relaxing time, good for and enjoyed the company and hospitality of strangers over the last two days.
Next stop is the spa town Hakone where we are travelling for five hours so any early
start. Maybe shouldn't have had that last Moscow ...
... you like you're their best friend for life. It kind of reminds me of Norman.
There is also a "deer detention centre" where all the bad-ass deer are sent for some rehab if they attack one too many people. They look like they're in a gang. Just look at them.
Other interesting sights included Todai-ji temple, with one of the world's largest ...
... around with the panorama feature on my phone and got a few shots which hopefully show the scale of the place. It was getting to lunchtime and we had no idea what was nearby to eat but we have a theory that Japanese don't like to walk too far and for something this touristy, there must be eating places close. We struck a good one and just up the road there was a small courtyard with a few eating places. We picked a noodle soup place, well most places have noodle soup but this ...
... were beautiful and the pagoda was intricate; the carvings on the wood were detailed and it was incredible to see how well it has been maintained for so long. The temple had beautiful and ornate decorations on the statues with gold leaf covering a lot of the surfaces, and some of the paintings even looked to be original. Pictures were forbidden but we got to enjoy it before heading to Nara.
We got back on the train and went to ...
... the golden statues and jewelled Buddhas of Thailand and the incense coils of Hong Kong, instead we have found the temples of Japan to be very simple in contrast. The incense here is not as pungent, the decoration is muted and the material of choice is dark wood, the colours red, brown, black and cream.
We spent the next few hours walking sideways across the brow of the hill, taking in all the small nooks and crannies which we found. As we came to the opposite face ...