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A pleasant escape from the crowds at Todai-ji is Nigatsu-do (one of todai-ji's sub temples). Entry is free and there are good views over the city towards the larger temple.
On March the 13th there is a large ceremony here, where priests shower sparks on to the crowds below. Think twice about attending the ceremony - it gets PACKED, and forget about bringing a nice picnic, you will have no place to sit and eat it. The publicity photographs are stunning as a result of long exposures, the reality is much less inspiring.
This temple is situated on top of a hill and it is well worth a visit to catch a bird's eye view of Nara on a clear day. In the picture, there are other travellers having a rest on the benches enjoying the view on a hot day after climbing up the hill. phew.. we made it.
Remember to bring some water along. Unfortunately, there are no vending machines for drinks up there in the temple.
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This is a temple at the top of the hill (wakasuka hill?). I think the area is wakasuka hill. It was a very tiring walk to the top of the temple on a long flight of stairs.
At the top, there are a few benches to sit in the temple for some rest and enjoy the view of Nara on a clear day. From there, one can have a bird's eye view of Nara.
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Dragon Spring in Nigatsu-do
I must confess to being a sucker for these springs, sculpted like dragons, which are a common feature around Japanese temples.
This is one of my favourites.
the hill houses
nice place, Japan is not only skyways and neon light.
Un lugar precioso, Japon no es solamente tierra de autopistas elevadas y luces de neon.
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