After our day in Wakayama, we left Wakayama Station at around 5 and arrived inNara by train at around 6 or 7
By the time we got to the hotel that night, it was near 8 so we ate at a restaurant near our hotel!
Our hotel was hotel cube (( website )) which was about 10 minutes from Nara station
it was really cheap and pretty ok considering we reserved really late there is also a cat cafe on the first floor!! (but we will get to that a little later haha)
The place we ate at was called "Kameya" it was about 10 minutes from our hotel
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then off to sleep!
and that ends our first day!
Our second day was in Nara! The land of deer!
After checking out and leaving our bags at the hotel, we went to explore around the hotel area since it was right next to Nara Park
The first thing we spotted was a cotton candy stand!!!
and I LOVE cotton candy!
so we bought one bag, and the kind worker gave us a small one for extra service ^_^ so nice!
Next to the cotton candy stand was the jinrickisha which are the carts that are pulled by a person!
did you know?? in english, the word rickshaw came from the japanese word rikisha!
Kelsey told me that when we were in Nara ^_^!
The jinrickisha are by no means cheap, but it is someone who actually has to pull your weight and carry and control the cart so I understand, besides we definitely wanted to try it! It was our first time!
For the one we rode in Nara, we asked the driver to take us to where the most friendly deer are (different areas have different types of deer apparently)
and for about a 20 minute ride, we paid 3,000yen each, so 6,000yen total for 2 people
while on the ride, the driver talked to us, and taught us about Nara and the deer in the park (in Japanese though, so if you are studying Japanese, it's a chance to study!)
it was a very interesting experience!
something I didn't know about the deer was that, hey just lived in the park or they were the park's property, but that's not true at all! when it starts to get dark they all gather and go to this pond to bath, then go back into the mountains! When morning comes, they descend from the mountains for some shika senbei, deer crackers that you can buy anywhere in Nara park. what a nice life!
The area that we were dropped off at has cute souvenir shops everywhere, also that was the "friendly deer area"! If that really was where the "friendly" deer were, I'd hate to see where the aggressive deer are! We walked around, fed the deer, got bit once, fed the deer a few more times, ran away from the deer, walked with the deer, sat with the deer, took pictures of the deer, etc!
We walked around a bit more in Nara park, looking for food, but everything was incredibly crowded. so we ate some ice cream, Nara is somewhat known for ice cream apparently!
the driver told us that the people of Nara pray for a hot summer so the ice cream will sell more, and taste better! This is the Kenpyo-Sai (Ice Dedication Festival) on May 1 !
After getting a bit tired of all the walking, we headed back to the hotel to get our luggage, but first CAT CAFE! Even thought there are many animal cafes in Tokyo, we went to the one at the hotel, since it was right there haha!
After that we headed to Nara Station to eat, and catch a train to Osaka!
random: did you know? There is Kansai-dialect and Kanto-dialect, meaning, depending on the area you are, you will hear and see different words because the dialects are different!
For example, in Kanto a parking lot is called chuushajou (駐車場) but in Kansai they are called motor pool (モータープール) both are right! But it just depends where you happen to be at the time ^_^
This far the trip seems pretty ok right?? not tekitoo? I will tell you, this is where the tekitoo begins!
So in the first post I said we made almost no plans right? Well that's pretty true! Our first night in Osaka, we had no hotel booked! We just planned to go to a manga kissa (manga cafe)!!!
We stayed in Osaka for 2 nights, but I didn't like the first manga kissa we went to, so I won't recommend it, the second one was great though! It'll be in the next blog post!
Nara was an incredibly peaceful and calm place, it really helped me relax. Even though it was not my first time to Nara, the calm and peaceful aspect of it will never get old for me. Seeing the cute deer was a plus to, even if they did bite me! It was another place with nice people and friendly smiles. Can't wait to come again!
Thanks for reading