Nara Washington Hotel Plaza
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About 50 minutes (from JR Osaka station, via Tennoji) later, we pulled into the JR Nara station. On the west side of town, we immediately walked through this charming, but touristy town towards the famous Nara Park, home to 1300+ Sika deer and several spectacular shrines and temples. Please click through all the pictures and read captions for further details.
... town’ here in Nara then there was in Nikko)and ending in a huge temple complex which spreads out for miles through the surrounding hills. Our hostel was at the top end of town and as we’d walked up it was quite exciting to see lots of cafes and shops.
Since we’d been in Japan we’d been feeling a little out of sync with the way things seem to work here; during our travels we become quite fond of places like ...
... and having them nuzzle out of one's hand is elating and a very fun diversion.
The pack of deer continues all the way up to the gate of the temple and even in its main enclosed yard, however, they wisely did not go inside the shrine designed for human worship.
It is this shrine where the largest Buddha in Japan lives. Towering from above, with ceiling windows casting only enough daylight ...
... forest. now and then there were small shrines/cemeteries and occasional Japanese people chanting or lighting candles. it was so hot and the walk was quite steep, but i felt so enlightened and excited by this experience, i was just powering through on the excitement After that massive highlight i was clearly biased towards the treasures of Nara. Giant Buddha, largest wooden temple, another temple, deer roaming around the parks - nice, but not ...
We spent the night in the city at a pretty decent hotel. It should all get reimbursed by jetstar at some point so that is fine. We woke up fairly early and had breakfast at the hotel. The view was spectacular. You could see the entire city from the hotel breakfast room.
In the morning Megan and I decided to skip Osaka and do a day trip to Nara.
We arrived by train to Nara and decided ...