I went to Nara to stay with my friend last week.
Nara is the oldest capital in Japan and famous for deers and many old temples such as Todaiji, Horyuji, and Kasuga Shrine.
You can visit many famous temples easily from JR Nara or Kintetsu Nara Station.
This time, I went to Nara Deer Park and Todaiji Temple.
On the way to get to the temple, I found the ”icecream shop” car in front of Nara National Museum and bought ”Miso icecream”. The taste was like a caramel indeed! We found the delicious icecream!
After that, I went to Todaiji, where I found many deers! But since many tourist have feeded them with ”Shika Senbei,” most them have been taking a nap...
Then, we also took a rest to have a tea in the cafe restaurant, which is famous for various kinds of smoothie near Mochiidono shopping area on Sanjo Street.
In the cafe, I had a Japanese-style smoothie, ”黒蜜と白玉団子のスムージー(Smoothie with Black syrup & Rice-flour dumplings). It was absolutely delicious and the tast was like the mix of banana, vanilla, and black syrup!
If you wish to go to Nara from Kyoto Hana Hostel, please go to Platform # 8 to 10 in JR Kyoto Station and take the train toward Nara.
If you wish to take the Kintetsu Railway in Kyoto Station to get to Nara, please take the train toward Nara or Yamato-Saidaiji.
In the case of the train toward Kashihara Jingu Mae, Tenri, and Yamato-Saidaiji, please change the line in Yamato-Saidaiji to Nara Line and you can get to Kintetsu Nara Station which is 2 stops from Yamato-Saidaiji!