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... the architecture of Haiseiden Poet's Memorial Hall.
I left Iga with plenty of time to make it to the airport as I'm not one who enjoys rushing. Heading to the airport required catching different trains and somehow I ended up on this single carriage train heading out along the country side. The whole trip I wasn't too sure if I was on the right train but it arrived at the platform at the right time so I just waited the journey time ...
So it would seem, that I am, at present managing to learn one Japanese word a day :) words learnt so far are: Arigatō - Thank you Sumimasen - Excuse me Konnichiwa - Hello Osaki ni - Good night Sayonara - Goodbye First on the agenda this morning was the Kinkaku temple aka Golden pavilion. This time round (not quite the case of the Silver Pavilion) we spotted straight away what we had come to see!!! It was quite spectacular, made more so that it was ...
After breakfast we got the train to Nara – it takes about an
hour from Kyoto. Nara was the capital
city in about 700 and there are a few buildings in the city that have survived
from that time. The city is also famous
for its herds of tame deer who roam the massive park complex that most of the
temples and shrines reside in. The deer
Today, as I had planned, I went to Nara. The train I took was just a regular one, so the scenery didn't fly past as it did on the way to Kyoto. I actually got to see the landscape! The ride was only 35 minutes, even with a few stops. I got to Nara and just hopped in a cab and asked the driver to take me to Todaiji, one of the large temples that borders Nara Park. Nara Park is quite special in that there are hundreds of freely roaming deer that go wherever humans ...
... go to Koka, another hometown of ninjas. Instead of Koka, I chose to stop by Seki. Seki is a old post town of the Tokaido Highway and its old streets are well-preserved at the present. I got to Seki at around four thirty and it was getting darker. I picked up a map of the streets at the train station and headed for the old post town. I had heard that Seki post town was the best-preserved old streets of the fifty-three stages of the ...