Nara — In pictures

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While staying in Kyoto, we took a day trip to the town of Nara, a former capital city of Japan. We were strongly encouraged by several friends to include Nara on our Japan itinerary and we are very glad we did. The town is full of temples and has a very chill vibe. We visited several beautiful temples and had a great time wandering the streets of old-town Nara. This is also where we saw the yomogo mochi machine that was featured in in the latest round of What is it??.

Here are some photo highlights from our visit:

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The five-story pagoda of Kofuku-ji is seen in the background of an object that we actually can’t identify.

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One of the many deer that wander the temple grounds in Nara. They seem to be fearless of humans and wandered right up to us.

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This main hall of the Todai-ji temple complex is the world’s largest wooden building. This place was one of the most impressive sights of our entire trip.

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A huge Buddha — and Japan’s largest bronze statue — sits within the building pictured above.

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Lanterns along the large wooden terrace of Nigatsu-do.

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More lanterns lining a wall of Kasuga Taisha.

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These moss-covered stone lanterns lined the paths leading up to and away from the Kasuga Taisha temple. The paths were very quiet and beautiful.

http://www.flickr.com/apps/video/stewart.swf?v=63881
Video showing 360-view of lantern-lined path.

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