Day 3: A Gnarly Day in Nara

Not even a rainy day could dampen our spirits today! Our full day began with a rapid train ride out to Nara, one of Japan’s old capital cities where we visited one of the largest wooden temple structures in the world, Todai-ji. On the stone walkway and green boulevards that approached the temple were the wild deer of Nara, who waited expectantly for students to feed them biscuits – and we were happy to oblige. From Nara we took the local train back towards Kyoto with a brief stop in between at the famous tori gates of the Fushimi Inari shrine. Back in Kyoto we explored the massive underground mall of the train station before gathering again after dinner to celebrate not one, not two, but three birthdays! Our triplet trio was toasted with strawberry cake and songs. Tonight we finish with a journal reflection and some time to pack in preparation for tomorrow’s journey to Osaka and Universal Studios!

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