This morning I tried to get up early to explore Nara. First I started with Naramachi close to our Guesthouse which is lovely when not many people are around in the morning. But Gion in Tokyo is still more impressive.
Next I walked all the way to the big Todaiji temple. It was a really sunny and already hot day. I don’t get Japanese or Asian people in general who wear tons of clothes while I’m burning without a jacket. It’s spring, come on!
Just before entering the temple I met another lady from Germany and the 3 german people of our guesthouse again. The world is too small for us Germans, we are everywhere!
As for the Kinkakuji Temple in Kyoto it was nice to see it, but not really catching. That temple is huge. If you stand in front of it, you realize what people could do back then. I mean, that Buddha is 16 meters tall. 16 meters!! How, seriously, how?
Around that area you got many deers. They looks kinda cute, but I don’t trust them. Anyway, I didn’t annoy them and they didn’t annoy me. Good deal in my opinion. In their park were many beautiful Sakura trees. Most of the flowers are falling down because the season ends, but it’s still beautiful to watch them.
To be honest, I hate sports, but I always need to walk on high places to see the view. Since the day before I really wanted to go on top of the Wakakusa mountain. You have to pay 150 Yen and can get up then. To finish my delicious Green Tea ice cream I waited before the entrance and talked a bit to the staff. He had a friend from Germany who he met years ago at Nara station.
The way up is exhausting. The sun was shining. It was hot. Right foot, Left foot, right foot, left foot. But in the end the view is breath-taking. The view wasn’t totally clear today, but I don’t regret going up. Up there you had some nice wind, Sakura and Nara around you. Not to forget: crows. They are everywhere in Japan. I tried out how close I could come before they leave. It’s not that bad :D
After that nice trip I walked back to the guesthouse, said goodbye to the owner Katsu and made it back to Tokyo. On my way I really hoped I could finally see Mt Fuji. Guess what. It was too cloudy or whatever. I could see it a bit, but not good enough. I have to come again and again until I can finally see Mt. Fuji! :D
Back in Tokyo I got my stuff to tonight’s amazing Guesthouse and met Daniela at Shibuya station. When I went from Asakusa to our meeting point I just noticed how big this city is! I needed 39 minutes by underground. Around 20 km, within a city. Crazy! We had dinner at a nice and cheap Izakaya. The dessert was the best I ate for months! It was so nice to meet her again!
Weather: sunny and pretty warm, but windy in the evening
Distance: from Nara to Tokyo
Positive: The Todaiji temple was really impressive
so beautiful. I’d like to do all this someday