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  • Day13

    Inari & Nara: Torii und Rehe

    April 22, 2019 in Japan ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Heute ist mal wieder ein „freier“ Tag:
    Unser Programm startet mit Fushimi-Inari-taisha, dem Schrein der 1.000 Tore, der zu den ältesten Kyōtōs gehört. Die orange-roten Tore werden von Gläubigen in den Hoffnung auf gute Geschäfte gespendet, dicht an dicht stehen sie in einer scheinbaren endlosen Reihe über den gesamten Hügel verteilt. Langsam wandert man durch einen orangenen Tunnel, den die Sonne wunderschön zum Leuchten bringt. Obwohl wir relativ früh am Tag da sind, tummeln sich hier wieder Menschenmassen, immer auf der Suche nach dem besten Selfie oder dem besten Instagram-Motiv. Außerdem scheint der Schrein auch noch ein Muss für alle Schulausflüge zu sein, wir sind umringt von Teenagern. Trotzdem ist der Schrein ein schönes Highlight.
    Danach fahren wir mit dem Bummelzug weiter nach Nara, der ersten Hauptstadt Japans. Vom Bahnhof geht es schnurgerade zum Nara-Park, ein riesiges Areal, dass neben - Überraschung -Schreinen, Tempel und Pagode auch hunderte zahme Rehe beherbergt. Man kann eigens zur Rehfütterung gedachte Kekse kaufen, was die Tiere natürlich genau wissen. Und sie wissen auch, wie sie die Touristen süß anflirten müssen, um möglichst viele Kekse abzuräumen. Sonst wird auch gerne etwas aufdringlicher nachgeholfen. Wir klappern bei steigenden Temperaturen den Kofuku-ji mit Japans zweithöchster Pagode, den Tōdai-ji, der im weltweit größten Holzbau einen riesigen Buddha beherbergt und den Kasuga-taisha mit seinen unzähligen Laternen ab. Nara ist definitiv eine Reise auch mit dem Bummelzug wert!
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  • Day74

    Nara et ses biches

    March 23, 2020 in Japan ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    À deux pas de Kyoto, on nous avait fortement conseillé de passer par Nara. Et en effet, petite ville mais grosse impression ! Outre la mignonitude absolue de ces étangs, temples et quartiers, Nara est habitée 365 jours par an par les cerfs et biches sika ! Ces animaux, considérés par des messagers des dieux ne peuvent pas être chassés et sont donc en totale liberté dans l'immense parc et la ville ! Improbable de laisser traverser un cerf, de lui donner à manger ou de le voir poser en pleine ville devant un temple... Outre ces fabuleux animaux, Nara a de sublimes temples ainsi que le plus grand Bouddha japonais ! 18m de haut, des yeux d'un mètre de large, 250 tonnes à la pesée... Le mastodonte est abrité dans le Todai-ji, un temple lui-même entouré d'étangs tous plus zen et mignons les uns que les autres. Le jardin Yoshiki-en, son flower garden et sa tea house nous ont aussi fait quelque chose.
    On a adoré passer quelques jours à se promener dans le parc et les petites rues tranquilles de Nara. Un séjour court et des plus agréables !
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  • Day66

    Tagesausflug nach Nara 2

    April 3, 2019 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    Zuerst besichtigte ich die Statue des Großen Buddha - Daibutsu. Es ist die größte buddhistische Bronzestatue und gehört zum Todai ji Tempel.
    Anschließend ging es zum Kasuga-Schrein, dem Schrein der Tausend Laternen. Der Weg zum Schrein ist gesäumt von tausenden steinernen Laternen und auch im Schrein befinden sich unzählige Laternen.Read more

  • Day7

    Nara - Tag 1

    April 29, 2019 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Unser Reiseziel heute war Nara. Wir wanderten durch die ganze Stadt, wo wir viele Schreine und Tempel bestaunen konnten. Doch unser Hauptziel galt den Rehen, die im Park auf uns warteten. Diese konnten wir mit Keksen füttern. Die meisten Rehe verbeugten sich, wenn sie einen Keks bekamen. Wiederum andere, bissen uns in die Jacken oder Hintern, wenn sie keine bekamen. Mittendrin im Park stand der Todai-ji Tempel. Dieser beherbergt eine aus Broze gegossene Buddah Statue, die 18m hoch ist.

    The destination today was Nara. We strolled through the city and we could marvel at many shrines and temples. But our main goal were the deer, which were waiting for us at the park. We fed the deer with cookies. Some of the deer bowed to us after they got sine cookies. On the other hand there were some mean deer which bit into our jackets or butt if they didn't got a cookie. In the middle if the park the Todai-ji temple was located. This temple possesses a Buddah statue that consists of bronze completely and is 18m tall.
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  • Day5

    Todai-ji (東大寺)

    September 21, 2018 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Wieder ein Buddhistischer Tempel. Zählt ebenfalls zum UNESCO Weltkulturerbe. Hier ist der größte goldene Buddha beheimatet. Er ist 15m hoch und 452t schwer.
    Leider wird die goldene Halle gerade saniert und ist bis auf weiteres geschlossen. Im Garten der Tempelanlage wohnen viele Rehe. Sie sind nicht Scheu. Für kann im Park erworben werden, den sie fressen aus der Hand.Read more

  • Day11


    March 26, 2018 in Japan ⋅ ☀️ 9 °C

    On our second day in Ōsaka we went to Nara, a smaller city in the east which is a former capital and thus holds a couple very important temples.
    On the way from our apartment to the train station we passed a small park with Sakuras of more and more buds started to open. Every day the cherry trees started to look more and more beautiful! On a soil ground a group of maybe 50 high school students performing a traditional dance to some relaxing sounds with one guy standing in front of them giving commands. While I was taking a video he said something and suddenly the moved faster und started shouting until one guy from the center came running towards me, jumping and landing in some pose! :D

    Nara is a smaller city with around 300000 inhabitants with the temples on the feet of the surrounding hills. We first went to the Kofukuji temple and as soon as we left the city centre with all the small shops and bling bling again deers started to appear everywhere around and just merging with the many tourists without even caring. And well if I would get fed with cookies everywhere I wouldn't mind either^^
    Even though I really don't like this huge crowds of peoples it's really worth seeing these temples. It not just like one beautiful church but all the gardens, small shrines and other buildings around are really amazing. That's why this temple was impressive even though we were a little unlucky because they were renovating the main building... Since almost all the temples are constructed only from wood and they have the huge overhanging roofs they have to be renovated quite oven which can take several years. And then they're covered with huge scaffolds and one cannot see anything of the building^^ The greatest thing at this temples was a five story pagoda which is with 50.1 m the second highest in whole Japan. Because they're holy and hold important relics and graves one cannot go inside and is just allowed to admire them from the outside.
    Going a little further between trees and accompanied of endless deers we came to another temple and we had pay an admission fee for the first time. This temple mainly consisted of a huge gate and then immediately came a huge building which we quickly entered. Inside we saw an absolutely huge Buddha statue made of solid bronze and about 16m tall! I've no idea how many tons this fat thing must weigh^^ And this monument is so enormous that they had to build the building around it and there was also a time when the temples was burned down and the poor Buddha had to sit in the rain :D There were also more big statues in the temple but this Buddha with it's palpable aura just outshone everything.
    After spending some time with the Buddha we went on to the temple of a thousand lanterns which lies on a small hill and whose winding paths are all surrounded by many many stone lantern :-)
    Again not seeing a single cloud we were all a little exhausted from sun and walking and rested in a small café on the way back to the train station where I had some cool jelly like sweets from anko beans.

    Back in Ōsaka it was already dark we went to the Umeda Sky Building - one the highest to skyscrapers in the city to enjoy the view on Ōsaka at night. The building alone is already quite impressive with it's two towers and round skydeck sitting on top of them. When I saw the two skewed metal constructions connecting the towers right underneath the deck and René told me that these were escalators I started to feel a little queasy... But we took the elevator up to highest possible floor anyway which just took a couple seconds. For another admission fee we went up to the observation deck without having to take these crazy escalators! Under the open sky and on a sparkling floor lit with UV-light we could enjoy an amazing view on the city of Ōsaka and its impressive skyline. Not having as high skyscrapers as in North America this view still never seizes to amaze me and we spent quite some time up there relaxing and enjoying :-) On the way back we then had to take one of the escalators to the other tower... But even though they looked scary it was totally normal to use them because they were surrounded by so much metal that one couldn't even see so much^^

    After so much walking and not having any lunch we were all very tired and hungry. Claudi wanted to show her parents Okonomiyaki and luckily we just had a nice restaurant across from our apartment. So went there ordered three different kinds of Okonomiyaki and one portion of Yakisoba (grilled Soba noodles) and some Japanese long-drinks with Yuzu (citrus fruit) and calpis of which the latter testes surprisingly similar to Smirnoff Ice.
    Then we just climbed the stairs to our apartment and fell to bed :D
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Tōdai-ji, Todai-ji