Super Hotel JR Naraekimae
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... were exchanging Facebook details.
Nara is quite small and we probably could have came on a day trip from Kyoto but the quiet was nice. We sat in the hotel, Jill doing her assignment and me chuckling away to myself listening to Talk Sport and looking at offroad bike videos on the web.
After a quick change we head out to a yakitori restaurant, there are two to pick from both
opposite each other so we'll decide which one we like the ...
... the freebies, we headed out to explore the Nara town area.
We popped in a gift shop to see what trinkets they had on sale and had a conversation with a lovely (and slightly scary) old lady which really tested our Japanese language skills.
Next, we visited Naramacchi Koshi-no-ie, a traditional Japanese house opened up to the public for free.
... because deer are everywhere. They are cute, of course, but also a bit aggressive, and they beg everyone for food, and they are not actually small animals. These deer also make a really weird noise, kind of a cross between a baby crying and a parrot. I have never before heard deer make any sounds, so this was a novelty.
I really enjoyed a shtick associated with the Great Nara Buddha. There is a wooden column with a hole in it that stands near ...
... was established in Kyoto (and obviuosly now Tokyo)
Despite its brief period as capital, Nara was greatly influenced by China, a process that laid the foundations of Japanese culture and civilisation. Many fine buildings have survived in Nara, due to it being spared bouts of destruction that was wreaked upon Kyoto.
Many of the important sights are located in Nara-Koen Park. A half hour walk from our accomodation, despite being full of tourists, this was a different ...
... heated level beneath the table – what a great idea for keeping your toes warm in winter.
Luckily the rain started to clear by lunchtime so we brandished our umbrellas and went into town for some food. Apart from stuffing ourselves on sushi and okonomiyaki, the other main dish which we ate during our time in Japan was ramen noodles. We eat quite a lot of ramen back at home although the ramen here had some slight differences which we couldn’t get used ...