01 May 2009

Kristen in Nara

Nara Part 1

By the time we took the JR to Nara it was about 3:30 or so. Even though we had directions to our B&B we decided it was in our best interest to stop by the Tourist Info desk at the station to see what maps they had as we were not that satisfied with what we had already. The people there were incredibly friendly and gave Charlton a great map of the city and even marked our B&B on the map for us.

By this time it had started to get pretty warm and we had to haul our packs through town, not much fun. Thankfully our B&B was relatively close so it wasn’t too bad, although we were both sweaty (ugh!) The owner of our B&B was super nice and gave us cold green tea as soon as we got in the door. The Nakata B&B is absolutely gorgeous! I love that we are staying here, total upgrade from our place in Takayama. I made sure to double up our futon tonight as I learned I suffer from princess and the pea syndrome. After getting settled in and the owner giving us some tips on navigating the city we headed out at a much leisurely pace than we have been touring with. We strolled through town saw the 5 storied pagoda, then walked though Nara park and saw all the beautiful TAME deer, then went to the deer preservation house. It was too late to see many of the temples, and I thought the one that stayed open the longest would be closed by the time we got there so we decided we would just go for a nice walk through the rest of the park. But lucky for us, Nara is easily navigated on foot and we ended up in front of the Tadai-ji about 30 minutes before it closed. We decided to go for it and we were glad we did. The temple is awe inspiring and absolutely stunning. Going right before closed allowed for us to tour without the crowds as well. Think the pictures will be really pretty, hopefully Charlton will post them soon.

We then headed back to town and poked in and out of the shops. Then we grabbed some dinner from CoCo curry (yum!) before heading back to the pagoda that had now been illuminated as it was dark, was really pretty.

Then it was back to the B&B for us, where we chatted over green tea and cookies with the owner and some of the other travelers staying here. Got some ideas of where to hit tomorrow, and we are really looking forward to seeing the rest of what Nara has to offer before traveling to Osaka in the afternoon

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