I woke up at 6:00am and had a coffee at the kotatsu as everyone else showered and got ready. We left the airbnb around 8:30am to head to Nara. The train to Nara is free with a JR pass, so long as you take the Yamatoji line. We went to Osaka central before transferring to this line. The ride took 50 minutes.
We arrived at JR Nara Station around 10:00am. The station was very busy, much busier than five years ago.
We sat outside the station and had breakfast that we had purchased at the konbini. We then slowly walked towards the city centre, where all the shrines and deer reside.
Firstly we came upon Kofuku-ji Temple, and the layer pagoda.
We then walked into the first section of the park. Gaby bought deer cakes for 150 Yen and fed some deer. One deer lost his horn in a battle, that startled everyone!
Next we headed toward Daibutsu-den, the temple with the giant Buddha, but because of the crowds (and because we had visited it before), we opted to head towards Hokke-do Hall, Fudo-do Hall (for the magnolia trees) and Nigatsu-do Hall (with the balcony and beautiful sakura trees).
We then decided to find some lunch. We decided on CoCo Curry. I had veggie curry with extra spice!
We then headed back to Osaka (4:30pm) to have a break at the Airbnb before heading out to Sinsekai.