Nara - We chose to leave Kyoto, but de tour on a very short trip before heading back to Osaka. It's a town famous for its snowy deer (雪花鹿).
Upon reaching the train station, we had difficulty getting a locker to store our luggage. It's not easy to tug along a 26" trolly bag. I couldn't remember whether we got the XL locker, or 2 medium lockers. Lesson for detour trip, always bring smaller luggage, but the downside is you won't be able to shop more. :)
Glad the weather was good that day. Little sunshine especially when we walked towards the garden full of deers, and a few shrines visit. The walk was pleasant.
|Deer, full of love to the elderly|
|Deer crossing - caution|
|Deer's biscuit food|
|Shrine wishing plates|
We settled for a must-eat-dessert of Nara - Caramel pudding. It has been highly recommended in Trip Advisors. I was expecting a nice cafe selling this. Unfortunately, the given route was not accurate. We found a generous by-passer aunty who brought us to the right place, but it ended up that has been converted to its factory. Their store has been moved to the train station. This kind hearted aunty brought us to the station instead. She insisted to bring us, even though we told her we know the way. Japanese are just ever friendly, and most important she can speak English.
I bought a set of bento sushi from the stall next door. Those filled ourselves for our tiny lunch.
|Lovely sushi bento|
|Queuing for cheese cake|
GU & Uniqlo are the must-go place for apparel shopping. We spotted a few in Kyoto, and purposely waited for Friday and weekend for the regular sale. My other favorite place for shopping is grocery place, i.e. Isetan, etc.. why? See pics below.
|GU & Uniqlo|
|Mid sized and mini Yamazaki|
|Keep trying my favorite choya.. this is sparkling|
We were on walking-lunch and dinner most of the time. Final day is worth a proper sit down dinner. We couldn't find a decent and affordable type, ended by settled with Gyukaku for BBQ beef.. I remember my 1st try was in Singapore, someone treated me this good dinner... but I couldn't get the special "pop-ing" BBQ dessert. According to some reading, Gyukaku is like normal chained store in Japan, can be found everywhere.
|The real beef - flowery nice|
|Hotel's facial soap|
|Mini kitkat bites|
Nice walk around, but we caught into some problem at the airport, cos we couldn't find luggage locker (again), which is huge enough for our larger luggage. That spent about close to 1 hour, that was even with the help of an elderly airport attendant, he was so kind enough (while he does not know how to speak English at all), brought us up and down to hunt for luggage space. Tips: Have smaller bags or travel at some wee hour to get space for luggage, everything is automated and the manual luggage caretaker may cost you a bomb!
|Again with Ferris wheel|
|Check out the special edition price|
|Right before take off|
The end of report.