Travel Blogs from Nara
... and he seemed a little too interested in touching the deer. Oh well.
Todai-ji is a grand temple, and rightfully so, to have to house such a great Buddha! The approach is wide and the temple looming, with its worn paint and faded colors from too many pilgrims wanting to touch sacred pillars and beams. Inside, the great Buddha obviously takes precedence, welcoming you into his home, but he is found surrounded by a band of ...
... late by this point so we went back to the
hostel. I discovered that I had been
bitten a few times on my legs at some stage – the bites are fecking
massive! I must have had an allergic
reaction to something because they’re massive red splotches and hot to the
touch. Antihistamines and bite relief
lotions were quickly taken – hopefully the swelling will go down
overnight. Tomorrow we head for ...
... tourists) watched. It was pouring again, so we put up our umbrellas and headed toward the beautiful Five-Story Pagoda near the Central Golden Hall (under construction). This is the second tallest pagoda in Japan! Around the corner we saw our first 'Nara deer' and deer feeding station. The Nara deer are considered messengers of the gods, and run free throughout the park. They are a type of sika deer, and both the adult and young deer ...
The walk started at Gojo-zaka bus stop about 30 mins from the hotel but we had walked to the starting points (extra brownie points). After a quick coffee break we proceeded uphill through Chawan-zaka (teapot lane) and visited the Kiyomizu-dera temple built in 798 A.D. and the Tainai-meguri which are the grounds of the temple over-looking the city. Despite it being so overcast the view was beautiful and the grounds of the temple were magnificent. The ...
... left my bag in the locker.
First took the bus to Nijo Castle. This was a long zig zagged type building with sliding doors and wall artwork. Interior had royal courts re-enactments with manniquins, like in the movies, but no photography was allowed. Kyoto is like Gyeongju in Korea. It was the original capital and is littered with many historical sites. The further out you get from the town centre the more grander and ...