Day 2: Finally after two days of traveling, we were ready to start seeing some of the things we came so far to see! We hopped another train to Nara.
While on the train, we sat by some Japanese school children on a trip with their grandparents during Spring Break. They had never met "gaijin" (foreigners) before and were very excited to practice their English with us. They asked us if we were also going to Horiyuji. This sounded familiar so we said yes. They helped us catch another train and then a bus to the temple at Horyuji.
|Starting to catch the beginning of the sakura (Japanese Cherry Blossoms)|
While it was neat to see, we didn't have enough time to pay admission to get in past the gates and our real destination was actually Nara.
|They were so cute I can't blame them for "tricking us" into following them to the wrong place.|
So after a few pictures, we made our way back on the bus, the second train, and to Nara.
|Fountains for washing hands and mouths were outside most of the temples.|
|Nara has this funny little mascot with antlers named Sento-kun...|
Inside sits the Great Buddha. He is impressive in size, a reported 16 m tall, and the largest Buddha figure in Japan.
|How Japanese: a crane and cherry blossoms!|
We walked back through the different gardens and temple sites to the train station.
We finally made it back to Kyoto and had a late dinner (finally...we had hardly eaten all day!) of okonomiyaki--Japanese pancakes (with vegetables and meat and other things you might like mixed in). Yummy!