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... and see for ourselves.
So, we have traipsed around Nara looking for somewhere to get wifi connection and have found a bar, no one else here, piped jazz music and barman mixing us a scotch and dry. Quite a find!
... 2001, but it was as though it was almost only yesterday.
We have had a fun day with the company and much laughter!
We first walked to Nara Park with a temple or two on the way and even met someone doing free guiding in the area, he offered to guide us, but we asked him for the 15 min version and kept moving.
Nara Park has deer roaming every where and they are extremely friendly and sometimes persistent because they know people will feed them. One ...
... tumulus where it is considered to be the burial place of Emperor in Edo era. A was a stone chamber was discovered there with murals around the walls. We walked around the area after we had our picnic lunch (30 degrees). Our meeting time with our tour group was 1300. We all went to try plant dyeing and then had afternoon tea. Then onto an Onsen experience at Taishi-no-Yu. Basically this is going into an extremely hot pool wearing nothing. Obviously males and females separated. We all ...
... they set up our breakfast in our room. What was probably a real delicacy for Japanese was revolting to us. Luckily I had two jam sandwiches left so we quickly gobbled them down and decided to just sneak out and leave it. We went down to hand in the keys and went on our way to catch a bus to Okunoin Cemetery - the main reason for going to Koyasan. It didn't disappoint. It was incredible. It was a 2km walk through the forest in an enormous graveyard with over 200,000 grave stones, ...
... when there is so much choice. Some of the Japanese food is starting to get a bit monotonous and the lack of English gets a bit frustrating. We had our issue solved for us as out the front of a restaurant was a line up for people buying fresh hot gyoza from the fella cooking them. We thought about getting some then realised they have a restaurant upstairs. We went up and ordered some as we both really like gyoza. We also got a couple other dishes of stir fry type food and it was really ...