Taeko made us a nice breakfast and then her daughter picked Taeko and us up with her two girls, and drove us to Nara. Our first stop was at Horyuji Temple. The complex has the oldest wooden structure in the world, apparently. Fortunately, it wasn’t so very over-run with tourists.
Then we walked over to the Chuguji Temple. It was founded as a nunnery in the 7th Century. It’s not terribly big, but of course, no photos inside. There was some sort of service going on anyway. There were turtles in the little moat surrounding it:
We walked back and had some lunch in a restaurant on the way to the car:
The next stop was the Nara Park – it is full of deer roaming wild. They’re quite insistent and if they smell food (or paper!) on you, they’ll try to get it. Yuki had fun feeding them some ‘deer cake’ and then running away. Ume (who’s 3) didn’t seem to like the deer at all!
At one end of the park is Todai-ji Temple. This was incredibly busy with tourists. It has Japan’s largest bronze Buddha statue. Which you are actually allowed to photograph. I was amazed, really! It was pretty impressive, as were the other statues surrounding it.
It was getting late, so we quickly headed back through the park to Tamukeyama Hachiman-gu Shrine. It was quite a hike and I was surprised that Yuki kept up with all the walking we did. Anyway, this temple reminded me very much of the one at Miyajima – all orange and green and white. It has a lot of lanterns, too!
We walked back through the park and then drove home for a short freshen up and meet two more of the grandchildren and then to dinner at a local all-you-can-eat buffet place. It was pretty fun! And the food was great 🙂
After that the whole tribe of us was off to the Bathhouse for some R&R before bedtime.