Nara: BIG temple and deer
Trip Start Dec 15, 2009
21Trip End Jan 29, 2010
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We had some trouble with the train to Nara, accidentally getting on a limited express train, when we had only purchased a ticket for a local train. But not to worry, the Japanese train inspector was able to rectify the problem immediately using his mobile ticket issuer. I wish Australia was that efficient - we surely would have been whacked with a $200 fine if in Sydney!
After arriving in Nara and checking into our guest-house, we went for a walk, and immediately encountered deer. They were cute and friendly, and we made the mistake of buying some food to feed them with
The next day, we went temple-seeing, including the very impressive Todai-ji. This temple includes a giant bronze buddha, and a hole which you can crawl through for guaranteed enlightenment! Since we're both slim, we both have guaranteed enlightenment! No such luck for any rotund westerners though :) I think we now truely have 'Temple fatigue'.
We also sampled the local speciality, ordering a Udon Okonomiyaki (which the Japanese like to call a 'Japanese Pizza' but which is more like an omelet), and Teppanyaki - grilled dishes - very nice indeed!