Nara - another eight World Heritage Sites!
Trip Start Jan 01, 2008
87Trip End Dec 29, 2008
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Eventually we make it and arrive at our "Minshuku" - a small guesthouse. This one is called Yougendo and is run by a guy called Chris (from Bradford!!) and his Japanese wife Shu (who studied English in Brighton (sensible) and Wolverhampton (why?). Orginally an old private house, they had lovingly restored it over 18 months and is a real tastes of what it must have been like to live in the old Japan. Lots of nice touches all around the palce, including a nice bar which has been unusual on our travels. It is situated in Oji, a small town about 15 mins from Nara city by the JR Line. It is nice to stay somewhere a bit local and and added advantage is that we are close to a super market so we can staock up on Sashimi, Yakitori and Sake for our dinner in the Yougendo kitchen.
The next day we spend in Nara, partly looking around the shops, but mainly to visit teh Nara-koen area, Which, apart from its many UNESCO World Heritage Sites, is also famed for its tame deer. These guys are like Bambi on speed. No fences anywhere as they have the fredom of the city and really have no fear of humans, indeed quite teh opposite. Asyou will see from teh photos, they are not above a bit of "mugging" the odd tourists for food! They may look sweet but they do stink!