Trip Start Dec 15, 2009
92Trip End Aug 27, 2010
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As we strolled through the park we didn’t have to look very hard as the deer were more or less everywhere, although their density was distinctly higher near to the cookie stands….
As lunch time came and went and Alex’s belly began to growl (nothing new here) we filled the cavern with some delicious and seriously filling baked sweet potato before finding ourselves at another temple. This one had hundreds of stone lanterns on the approach which were quite spectacular. Inside the temple (as with most of the Japanese temples that we have visited) it was possible to buy your "fortune", even in English and presented in the mouth of a little wooden deer. Lauren was so taken with these that she was allowed to choose one, but the fortune revelation must wait until her birthday…..
Our final stop on our Nara tour was Daibutsu temple, home to the world’s largest Buddha statue… maybe he’d had a few too many of the baked potatoes? We thought we’d see that in the reclining Buddha in Thailand, but had to check this one out too. We’re still not sure how “largest Buddha” is classified, but this one was certainly pretty big and portly
Having fed the last of the deer cookies to the rather overweight deer (at the end of the day most were pretty blasť about taking the offerings), we made our way to the train station and were back in Kyoto in time for dinner.
Having enjoyed our time in Kyoto, it was time to bid a fond farewell, though not until we had done a little more shopping and taken our trinkets to the post office. Again, the postal service was more efficient and less expensive than its North American cousins!
With that, we took our final Japanese train (another slow one) from Kyoto to Kobe where we spent our final night. Although Kobe probably has lots to offer, we really didn’t see too much of it. Having checked in to our hotel, and heading back down to the centre to find some dinner, we stocked up at the grocery store for our next adventure.
Early on Tuesday morning we’ll be making our way to the Kobe port terminal. Yes, that’s right, I did say port, not airport. We will be leaving Japan on a slow boat to China. The Kobe to Shanghai ferry takes 49 hours….we have (hopefully) booked a private cabin, but have learned to not get our hopes up too early on this kind of thing. See you in China in a few days time!