Neil and Laura's 2005 Adventure travel blog

Temple at the Tamukeyama Shrine

Todai-ji seen through the acers

Todai-ji temple - largest wooden building in the world (allegedly)

Blossoms in the grounds of Toda-ji

Temple calligrapher inscribing a book for us

With David putting away the noodles for lunch

Some of the thousands of stone lanterns at Kasuga Taisha Shrine

More lanterns at Kasuga Taisha

A former Japanese capital to the east of Osaka, Nara's main attractions are all situated in a large deer park to the west of the modern city. Most impressive is the massive Todai-ji temple, claimed to be the largest free standing wooden building in the world, which houses a 53 foot tall Buddha.

The surrounding parks and gardens are also very pretty especially with the cherry blossom still out.

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