Japan Diaries: Day 16 and 17

Day 16: January 3, 2015

Meeting the Deer of Nara City

Good morning Japan! We woke up to the aroma of Mr. Toshi's home-cooked yakisoba. After the hearty meal, Mr. Toshi told us that we would go to Nara Prefecture and that we must prepare immediately. (Lucky for us we got used to surprising plans like this already.)

Nara City, here we come!

The welcome to Nara Prefecture sign!

After just a few minutes of packing up our stuff, we were ready to go. The trip was smooth and fast as expected. We only had a few stops for toilet and coffee breaks before reaching our destination. However, we forgot to note that today was the last day of the Japanese religious activity of visiting temples after the New Year. Hence when we got to Nara Prefecture we had a hard time looking for parking space. It took us almost half an hour before we found a place to park our car.

One of the deer at Nara Park

My wife posing with one of the deer

Our first destination was Nara Park. It is popularly known because of the hundreds of Sika deer roaming freely in the park's vicinity (they are not afraid to approach humans). We enjoyed taking pictures with these docile animals and also got the chance to feed them with some Shika senbei crackers or deer crackers. 

The gigantic gate leading to Todaiji

The ginormous Todaiji

The giant image of Buddha inside Todaiji

We then headed off to the nearby Todaiji. It was truly an awesome sight to behold. The temple is one of the designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the country. It is also the largest wooden structure to date and not to mention it houses the largest bronze statue of Buddha in the country. Also inside the temple is a pillar with a small hole at the base that was said to be as big as the hole of the giant Buddha's nose. There is a belief that anyone who crawls and goes through the hole will be lucky in life. He will also be blessed with enlightenment once he is gone from this world. So did I successfully crawl through you might ask? Of course, I did and I got a picture to prove that. (Hehe I'm still fit after all.)

Go, Ella!

Hahaha, I got some evidence of my fitness. LOL

Time flies so fast when you're enjoying it because when we left the temple, the sun was already setting. We did a little souvenir shopping before going home.

Mr. Toshi bought Ella a deer toy souvenir before going home!

Dinner at Yoshinoya before ending the day

Overall, our trip to Nara Prefecture is another memorable experience that is worth writing about. Given a chance, I would revisit the prefecture and check out the other UNESCO Heritage Sites that I missed visiting.

Day 17 January 4, 2015

Good morning Japan! Despite having beautiful weather today, we spent the whole day preparing for our flight tomorrow which is our 3-day adventure in Chiba and Tokyo Prefecture.

So what's in Chiba Prefecture you might ask? That's where you'd find Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea. Confusing right? (It wouldn't sound appealing if it's called Chiba Disneyland anyways.)

My excitement made me Google this map

I was so excited about the trip that I had a hard time sleeping that night. (It's going to be my first time to see Mickey Mouse in person that's why.) Well, I got to sleep anyways, and believe me, I did so by counting Mickeys.


  1. I've always wanted to go to Japan. Looks like you're having a great time!

    1. Yes it is such a wonderful place. You should visit it. =)

  2. I lived in Japan for 2 years (a long time ago). This makes me want to go back so bad!

    1. Really? Wow. What's your favorite place in Japan?

  3. I have always wanted to visit and seem from your images that you had fun

  4. I enjoyed reading this. Makes me want to take a vacation. Lovely pictures too.

  5. Looks like you are having fun in japan 🤩 love your japan diaries 👌🏻

  6. The temple looks so beautiful so glad that you made it in time to visit.Hope you get a photo with Micky Mouse too to remember your trip.

  7. I would LOVE to visit Japan and definitely go to Tokyo Disney!

  8. Looks like a very fun few days! Beautiful, too!

  9. Not so sure about crawling through the nose, but other than that, looks like you all had fun...lol!

    1. Hahaha. It was fun and fulfilling crawling through the hole in the pillar. =)

  10. The Giant Buddha image at the Todai-Ji temple looks amazing. The photo of you crawling through the pillar is hilarious. I hope it does bring you luck and good fortune!

    1. I do hope that crawling in it brings good fortune too. =)

  11. Your trip to Japan seemed like a wonderful experience. It must be nice to travel and see such amazing places.

    1. It was one of the best things that happened in my life. Hope to experience that again soon. =)

  12. I adore the exploration of places through the eyes of others. Japan is a destination on my list to visit and this gives me a great perspective of what I'm in for! Thanks for posting!

    1. Thanks for visiting my blog AC ART of Food. Hope you get to visit Japan soon.


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