Our third day of our Kyoto trip was spent in Nara, about 1hr and 20mins away from our ryokan.
Nara is famous for its main temples, about 8 in total I think, and the many deer that roam the streets.
Since we were only spending a day here, we visited the top 3 sights recommended to us by the lady working at the tourist information centre at Nara Station. Each attraction is about 20mins away from the previous one, so there was a lot of walking!
First stop of the day was at Kofukuji Temple, which has a five story pagoda. They are currently restoring one of the buildings there, so the only thing to see was the pagoda. There were plenty of deer here though, just lazing around.
Our next stop was Todaiji Temple, which is most famous for its Great Big Buddha statue. On our way there, we cut through a park where the National Museum is located and we saw this vending machine where you can donate money for the deer (I think you’re supporting the community or something like that) by buying a can which looks like a drinks can, but you don’t actually get a drink.
Going back to Todaiji Temple, we didn’t actually go in because you have to pay (we are stingy students) and a lot of these places tell you not to take photos, so it wasn’t worth it in our eyes.
The final stop was Kasuga shrine – the furthest attraction away from Nara station. Since it is quite far away, there weren’t as many people so it was pretty peaceful.
Again, you can’t take photos/have to pay money to get into the temple. You can probably guess that we didn’t pay, but we still enjoyed looking around and taking in the atmosphere!!
I’ll be honest, but all the temples and shrines started to look the same. Even the deer started to lose their charm, but we found this deer that was totally different from the rest!
Before we left, I wanted to try one of the local sweets of Nara (or Kyoto) which was Tofu flavour ice cream!! It was pretty good actually 🙂 It tastes like tofu, but slightly sweeter. Alex tried a bit but didn’t like the taste. I would quite happily have it again!
We left Nara in the afternoon as we had to make it back to the ryokan for our sukiyaki dinner! This was actually the high-light of the day for me!!! It was our first time having sukiyaki so it was a real treat. They prepared so much meat and loads of vegetables but we finished practically everything.
The embarrassing thing was that my brother and I were the first ones to start eating, and we were almost the last ones to leave. No-one else, not even the family of four people that were sitting next to us, ate as much we did….hehehehe
That was it for our third day in Kyoto! I’ll be writing what we did on our final day soon! There were no photos of me from this trip, so here’s a photo of me in Nara with the deer from my trip to Japan two years ago!
Thank you for reading!