Nara Royal Hotel
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We were hungry, very hungry so headed back into town. I'd seen a place that specialised
in tuna sashimi which I fancied, Jill had seen a burger joint. We comprised and had both, I had the tuna which was spot on and then we went to the burger bar for Jill to have chilli cheeseburger, infinitely better than McDonalds.
It was starting to cool down and spit on with rain so we popped into a sake bar to see if it would ...
... a door code. The mens' didn't - apparently no one worries about strange women wondering in on the naked men!
No-one bats an eyelid at the nudity of course, it's just part of the culture, and I was suprised at how quickly I didn't care. The only thing I would say is I definitely noticed how skinny all the Japanese ladies were. Not in an unhealthy way, just in a 'I should probably rethink my junkfood habits' sort of way!
... humongous statue, and a photogenic one. A recasting of the original, which was damaged in an earthquake, it is technically called the Vairocana. But the magnificent wooden structure that holds it, until the 1990’s the single largest building made of wood in the entire world, is really lovely and really, really impressive. There are a series of buildings, gardens, and other shrines, including Shinto shrines, in this once Imperial Temple complex, and ...
The following day we woke to the sound of rain beating against the wooden doors of our hostel room and peeked outside to see a grey sky and flooded garden. We decided to get ready with the hope that it would stop raining soon and we'd get out as soon as possible. However Mother Nature had different plans and it continued to pour with rain all morning. In lieu of getting outside, we hung around the hostel for the morning and caught up with uploading our photos and emailing ...
... again for the last leg of the journey to our new base in Nara.
Soren's Mum was waiting for us in our accomodation, Rune was very excited to have Nanna in Japan. We went out and explored the nearby streets in search of a feed. The area where we are staying is delightful. There are temples, shrines, many small busy streets full of places to eat, with quaint walkways going off to the side with more places to eat. Its a pretty part of town where we are staying.