This is one of my memorable trip to the lovely town named Nara in the early of October. It was the beginning of the Autumn, the weather was a bit cold (12°C). I travelled by Shinkansen from Yokohama Station in the morning to Kyoto Main Station then connected with the local rail train to Nara.
At first, I stepped out from the train I saw all welcome deer sign and mascot. Yes, it is the mascot here. The another charming in this city is deer, you can see deer in all places here walking along by people. I went to an information centre and asked a few questions about the bus but I decided to walk eventually. Unbelievable I really did walk almost the entire city all day long that because walking could make you see the story surround and you won’t miss a chance to have great photos shots.
The rain just stopped when I reached then the sky was a bit grey, I walked out the station heading to the North path, those tree leaves started changing colour from green to yellow or orange. This is what they call the colour of season change in Japan.
Later the sunshine changed to a bright blue sky with warmer weather, I observed a lot of ancient temples and big boards hung with Ema (small wooden plaques in which Shinto and Buddist worshippers write prayers or wishes.) and yes! deer everywhere in Nara park.
I spotted some souvenir shops alongside the walkway are all decorated with woodwork. There are stalls selling deer feed, once I bought a deer came directly to me for a feed and if I was slow, he starts eating my jacket 😀
The highlight is Todai-Ji Temple, it is one of Japan’s most famous and historically significant temples and a landmark of Nara. There was a bit crowded with tourists, I will need to purchase a ticket to go inside the temple. After waiting for 15 minutes then I could pass through. There is Japan’s largest bronze statue inside the great Buddha Hall (Daibutsuden). Todiji Temple is also a UNESCO World Heritage site nowadays.
Nara is the capital of Japan’s Nara Prefecture in south-central Honshu. The city has significant temples and artworks dating to the 80th century when it was Japan’s capital. Deer roam in Nara Park, site of Tōdai-ji temple. Daibutsu, Tōdai-ji’s 15m-high bronze Buddha, is displayed in a large wooden hall. On the park’s east side is the Shinto shrine Kasuga Taisha, which dates to 768 A.D. and more than 3,000 lanterns.
I spent around 3 hours in Nara and need to catch a train to go back to Kyoto Station because a tourist using JR Pass will only take a specific round of Shinkansen and mine was at 4 PM. On the way back home I met an old Japanese woman sat beside my seat, we tried to communicate by using a translator through a smartphone, she was very kind and nice. She said that she travelled from Hiroshima alone and her stop was before mine. We said goodbye and she gave me a lovely Japanese sweet. It was really impressive, such a beautiful country with nice and welcome people.
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