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Jul 8, 2018 - Nara a day goes by

Today the rain was on & off in the morning, and then the clouds 'burned off', and the sun came blazing thru. I prefer the rain. We are in the monsoon season so rain, humidity & heat are the daily standard; guess I'll get used to it. Visited a small museum that focused on crafts that in the days of old were Nara's specialties; woodworking, pottery, washi paper, ink, calligraphy brushes, & hemp cloth. These crafts are still ongoing businesses here. Women, & men, in the traditional kimono are seen in Nara far more often than we have seen them...

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Jul 7, 2018 - Nara

Arrived at Hakodate airport and we're offered a departure on an earlier flight ?! We asked whether we would arrive to Osaka earlier, and told no, we'd have a longer layover at Tokyo's Haneda Airport. Figured there would be more options at Haneda so left the tranquility of Hokkaido for the urban bustle of Honshu. Typhoon / Cyclone had ravaged southern Japan the previous couple days, but fortunately (for us) the storm had now moved north through Honshu. Train from airport (on a man-made island outside of Osaka) to Osaka, and then another...

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Aug 24, 2017 - Todoiji Temple

On another swelting day we headed to Nara to see Todoiji Temple. Todoiji Temple was constructed in 752 as the head temple of all provincial Buddhist temples. The Temple was very impressive and very busy. The main area inside is home to one of Japan's largest Buddha's. Todoiji is surrounded by Nara park full of wild deer that you can feed and lots of other temples. We took a walk around the park and stumbled across Nigatsudo Hall which was a lot quieter than Todoiji but also very traditional in its decor. We sat on the bench taking in the...

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Apr 2, 2016 - Nara

Sat 2nd 13-21°C, clear/cloudy Went back to Osaka stn and boarded a train for Nara. Mel describes Nara as "Kyoto meets deer sanctuary ". The JR Nara stn is a long hike from the Todai-ji Temple complex, the Kintetsu station is much closer but you still have a long uphill hike. I need the exercise, I know. Deer are scattered in the park along the way, fat on deer cookies you can buy for ¥150. A very touristy town on the way up but there are some nice little souvenir shops and restaurants in alleys off the main road if you get off the beaten...

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Feb 19, 2016 - Nara

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Japan chapter Kansai has to say about Nara: “Japan’s first permanent capital, Nara is one of the country’s most rewarding destinations. With eight Unesco World Heritage Sites, it’s second only to Kyoto as a repository of Japan’s cultural legacy. The centrepiece is the Daibutsu (Great Buddha), which rivals Mt. Fuji and Kyoto’s Golden Pavilion (Kinkaku-ji) as Japan’s single most impressive sight. The Great Buddha is housed in Tōdai-ji, a soaring temple that presides over Nara-kōen, a...

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Feb 18, 2016 - Japanese Ryokan

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Japan chapter Traditional Japanese Accommodation has to say about Japanese Ryokan: “Simply put, ryokan are traditional Japanese inns. They are where Japanese travellers stayed before they had heard the word hoteru (hotel). These Japanese-style accommodations boast tatami-mat rooms and futons instead of beds, and most serve Japanese-style breakfast and dinner as well. This simple explanation, however, doesn’t do justice to ryokan. A high-end ryokan is the last word in relaxation....

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Oct 3, 2014 - Kyoto to Nara

10/3 Went to train station after checking out & storing bags.  Easy by subway but in midst of rush hour!! Got snacks at Family Mart across from Imperial Palace entry. Had to wait until 1 minute to 10 before we could enter..It was a very worthwhile tour, the guide spoke very clearly and covered a lot of history not just about the palace but Japanese customs in general as well as imperial family.  We hussled back to K's,  got our packs and to the train station by 1pm. Discussion ensued as to plan...take or leave packs in Kyoto...

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May 25, 2012 - Naoshima

Have been in Naoshima leaving this morning, back to Kyoto.......I should have email in the room at the next hotel and will catch up........lots to tell you, so much to tell you...........Naoshima much worse than I remembered and much better.......a couple art things that really really have blown my mind..............

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May 23, 2012 - Leaving Nara

6:30am leaving Nara today but will back track.....we had internet in the room but could not send the trip journal from there for some reason......I am now in the "tea lounge" near the lobby next the the piano that Albert Einstein played when he was here........when we got up on tuesday we went to the Silver pavilion, I had been there before with Tomo but I thought it would be a nice thing for Heather to see. They do the wracked sand garden. It is typical at the approach of the temple there are many shops lining the street, bad food and bad...

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Oct 15, 2011 - Nara, Yoshiki-en, Isui-en gardens, ink making

Today was another incredible experience. It’s clear that Douglas has more than “done his homework.” He has challenged himself over the years to meet more and more interesting people, visit unusual places, and provide a unique experience to those who take his tours. He loves speaking with locals and has an intense curiosity. He is a tall man and stands out in a crowd with his beard, shorts, and blue and white polo shirt. He knows no strangers. He chats up the youngsters and older people. He encourages the young Japanese kids to be good...

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Sep 5, 2011 - Nara

I decided to go on a day trip to Nara from Kyoto and I am glad that I did. Nara is such a nice place. They have a huge park several kilometres wide and long and contains many attractions such as deer (they are literally everywhere), a giant bronze Buddha, and a few shrines and temples. First, it was quite the sight to see deer everywhere as they are allowed to roam free. These are wild deer but because people tend to feed them "deer biscuits" they tend to stick around. You can get these biscuits all over the place, but if the deer smell it...

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Oct 17, 2010 - Nara celebrating 1300 years!

It's 9:30AM on Monday here in Kyoto. We have tried to Skype our sons but have been unable to connect. David may be playing hockey or already in bed. He and Cris just returned from El Salvador on Saturday. Lynda chatted (Skype text message) with granddaughter Kristan and Rick was working on a car but did get a quick conversation with him and Deb. As Lynda reported we went to Nara yesterday, the last city on her trip down memory lane. Nara is a 45-minute train ride from Kyoto making it an easy day trip. “It was the capital of Japan, called...

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