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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Day 3: Osaka - Himeji - Nara - Kyoto

This day was the most hectic day of our whole trip. The plan was to take the train to Himeji which was about an hour ride to the west of Osaka, then followed by another 2-hour ride to Nara. From Nara, it was another 1-hour ride to Kyoto where we stayed overnight. This is also the only day when we need to use JR pass.

Check out my Hello Kitty mask. :)


The bus stop sign of Himeji Castle shuttle bus.

That's our bus.

The castle moat.

Himeji Castle

We walked around the castle and took pictures of it from different angles.

From here we took a 2-hour ride train to Nara.

Took each other pictures. I love their clothings, very fashionable!

Why the fish is upside down?

Love this town especially the deer park. They roam freely around the park and the temple ground.

Nara Deer Park

Surrounded by deer

Nice place for a picnic if not for the deer shit everywhere, hahaha...

Trying to read map. :)

What would you like to have?

Kasuga Taisha Shrine
It is famous for the line up of hundreds stone lanterns from the deer park to the shrine.

Stone lanterns

More lanterns

The shrine

A girl in kimono.

Kofukuji Temple

Five storey pagoda

Sarusawa-ike Pond

In the evening we walked along the Sanjodori street where all the souvenir shops and restaurants located. The souvenir shops were selling everything related to deer. So cute!

Sanjodori street

Christmas decoration

Very cute and not cheap!

Sushi alike candies

Bento box candies.

This shop was having a little demonstration on how to make the mochi. Very entertaining... :)

The end product. Yummy!

We had dinner at a small cafe called Pinocchio. Very nice ambience with jazz music in the background.

Omu rice


Pinocchio said thank you.

And from here, we took our last train of the day to Kyoto.

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