Japan – Day 2, Nara

I woke up this morning ready for my trip to Nara. The helpful concierge at the hotel had given me the train schedule and a map to Nara along with some of the highlights I was to be sure not to miss. I opened the curtains to my room and saw some dreary skies. Although it was quite grey out, I decided to go on. How many chances does one get to explore a new country? That and I am really not a museum person, which would have been the alternative.

The train to Nara was uneventful, and it was likewise grey there too. I think I made my best investment of the trip yet when I stopped at the local 7-11 and picked up an umbrella. Not more than 3 minutes walk out of the station did it start to drizzle. It stayed drizzly all day, so I had to balance the umbrella and my small camera. I opted not to use much of my Nikon D100 today due to the weather. Even with the weather I couldn’t be happier. Walking around all the different temples in this quaint town was something to experience. There I met several citizens, both human and deer. Apparently deer are somewhat revered in this town. The foliage was mostly still on the trees, which made for some fantastic scenes. One of the temples, Daibutsuden, has one of the largest seated Buddha statues I’ve ever seen. What was nice is that they allowed people to take pictures there. Most other temples and buildings restrict photography to the outside. I also ended up at the Kasuga Temple that has hundreds of stone lanterns that are covered in moss and look amazing. the fall colors also helped accentuate and add more magic to the surroundings.

Tomorrow will mostly be a travel day back into Tokyo. I am going to try to hit a couple of antique stores in Kyoto before jumping on the bullet train back into Tokyo and see what I can do in the afternoon.

Kasuga Shrine