The Todai-ji Temple in Nara wrapped up a day-long excursion from Yokohama that also included a visit to the temples of Kyoto.
The Todai-ji Temple is grand in size and its craftsmanship most impressive, created and carved of all wood it is one of the largest wooden structures worldwide. Photos do not truly demonstrate the scope and scale of this amazing structure. It is filled with numerous giant-sized buddhas and antiquities. The day we visited it was spilling over with adorable Japanese school kids in uniform and awe-struck tourist. Deer roam freely throughout the grounds and are not in the least bashful to greet you upon entering. Baited by treats sold by vendors, you'll quickly make a friend, or at best, capture a cute photo op. A small distance beyond the activity of the temple entrance are meandering foot paths lined with ancient trees and hundreds of moss-covered stone and bronze lanterns. Less populated with visitors, the walk through the park was like a sanctuary, quiet and tranquil in spirit. It was a lovely ending to a long and event-filled day.