Get that deer away from me!
Trip Start Aug 25, 2006
17Trip End Sep 10, 2006
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On arrival in Nara, we started walking through town toward the temples, but had to make a quick stop in a store selling Japanese pickles for Kirsten. The first temple we visited was Kofukuji. While we didn't go inside, we admired the five-story pagoda. We also had to take a break for a vending-machine Coke, since the heat was getting to us. When we left Kofukuji, it became clear that, like Miyajima, Nara is home to hundreds of tame deer
After visiting Todaiji, we decided to visit the Kasuga Taisha Shrine - an uphill hike. Despite the heat, I was glad we had, and it turned out to be my favorite place in Nara. The uphill path to the shrine is lined with large, stone lanterns, donated by worshippers. The shrine itself is painted bright red, and hung with hundreds of bronze lanterns. Very photogenic and beautiful.
By this point, we were pretty hungry, so we headed back down to town and found a spot for a late lunch of cold udon and soba noodles. After lunch, we contemplated visiting another temple or two, but the heat made us decide to head back to Kyoto. We stopped in a few shops in Nara before leaving, and then spent a little time shopping at Kyoto Station. Then, it was finally time to say goodbye to Mayumi! Very sad, but we so appreciate everything she and her family have done for us during this trip.
Kirsten and I returned to the hotel, and had the concierge make a dinner reservation for us at a sushi restaurant