Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Japan Photo Diary: Nara

Following on from my Osaka Photo Diary (read that post here) we used our JR pass to travel further south to a city called Nara. If you're looking to travel around Japan, I'd totally recommend the JR pass. It includes travel on local and shinkansen trains, a few ferry trips and other routes, which is all on their website here.

Nara is known for its green and traquility, with eight temples, shrines and historic remains and it was capital of Japan from 710 to 794 during the Nara period.

Japan Photo Diary: Nara Photos Temples Best Places To Go What To Visit

The pretty cool thing about Nara is that they have thousands of wild deer just roaming around. You could feed them deer crackers too!

Japan Photo Diary: Nara Photos Temples Best Places To Go What To Visit

We visited a few Japanese gardens which were just beautiful, totally different to back in the UK, but still stunning.

Japan Photo Diary: Nara Photos Temples Best Places To Go What To Visit

Right by the station is this massive pond and a pagoda and Kofuku-ji temple. Most pagodas are 5 story tall, so that people who couldn't reach the temple to pray could still see it from far away.


Japan Photo Diary: Nara Photos Temples Best Places To Go What To Visit

 Nara also had a lot of lanterns! As we headed up the hill from the pond and pagoda, you're lined by lanterns with japanese writing on them.


One of the lion statues guarding a temple.

Quite a few temples had these outside them, I'm still not sure what they're for! Perhaps writing down your wishes or family name.

Japan Photo Diary: Nara Photos Temples Best Places To Go What To Visit

Japan Photo Diary: Nara Photos Temples Best Places To Go What To Visit

Todai-ji Temple was the main attraction of our visit to Nara. It's a massively beautiful temple which holds the worlds largest bronze statue of Buddha which is over 49ft in height and weighs 500 tonnes! 

Japan Photo Diary: Nara Photos Temples Best Places To Go What To Visit  

Nara was one of my favourite places to visit, mainly because it was so green and quiet compared to the hustle and bustle of Osaka and Tokyo!

Catch up with my Osaka Photo Diary here.

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Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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