Parks

Deer at Nara Park during Fall

Fall at Nara Deer Park

One of the most amazing places to enjoy fall is at the Nara Deer Park in Nara in Kansai. The lavish park contains many momiji trees that begin to turn red and impart vivid red colors to the area. The roaming deer adds to the already beautiful canvas created by nature.

It is said a criminal eventually goes back to their place of crime My crime is that I fell in love with the heritage city of Nara Nara was the first capital of Japan and has a rich history that has kept me captivated since I first set my foot here in the fall of 2015 Nara Park is the central attraction of the ancient city and also one of the most amazing places to enjoy the fall season in the Kansai region The lavish park contains hundreds of Momiji trees that turn into red, brown, and yellow imparting a vivid range of colors to the area The roaming deer adds a touch
Ukimi-do Hall

Photowalk to Ukimido Pavilion

While on my evening walk today, I dropped in at Ukimido Pavilion. Ukimido is a hexagonal gazebo over the Sagiike Pond in an aloof area of Nara Park. During summer evenings the floating pavilion is illuminated and it feels very relaxing sitting in the center of the pond surrounded by enchanting lights.

Ukimido is a hexagonal gazebo over the Sagiike Pond in Nara Park The park is generally crowded with tourists all through the day, but they usually stay away from this area The airy structure in the middle of the pond, surrounded by herds of deer, is one place where I can find peace at any time of the day I have been to Ukimido in Nara several times before but never during the evenings A few days before I came across a flier at the Nara Tourist Information Center that had a cover photo of the pavilion at night It looked so immersive that I couldn’t miss photographing this lovely gazebo

A stroll to Jozenji-dori

Jozenji-dori is the soul of Sendai, the city of trees. Zelkova trees line the boulevard on both sides for about 700 meters, running east to west through the heart of the city. We were double lucky to be there at the time of the Tanabata festival when the entire road leading to Jozenji-dori was filled with colorful Tanabata decorations.

Jozenji-dori is the soul of Sendai, the city of trees Zelkova trees line the boulevard on both sides for about 700 meters, running east to west through the heart of the city We were double lucky to be there at the time of the Tanabata festival when the entire road leading to Jozenji-dori was filled with colorful Tanabata decorations Our day starts from the quiet town of Tendo Tendo Station We took the train to Yamagata and from there caught the Shinkansen to Sendai Catching the train from Tendo Sendai Station was adorned with Tanabata decorations
Kenrokuen Garden

The illuminated Kenrokuen Garden

Today I visit the lovely Kenroku-en garden in Kanazawa. In the dark winter evenings the garden is illuminated and the glowing trees, enveloped in the strings of Yuki-tsuri look ever so enchanting.

This weekend Mani & I head off to the gasshō-zukuri villages of Gokayama On the way we planned to stop at the lovely Kenroku-en garden, located in Kanazawa, Ishikawa The Kenroku-en garden is regarded as one of Japans three most beautiful gardens, along with Kairaku-en in the city of Mito and Koraku-en in the city of Okayama Ride to Kanazawa After two solo trips to Shirahama and Nachi, I was bubbling with confidence I was ready with the train information as we reached Osaka from Nara Mani had taught me well We took the Thunderbird train from Kyoto This route does not run any Shinkansen trains The Thunderbird limited express trains
Nara Park

A Walk through Nara Deer Park

We take a walk down Nara’s incredible Deer Park. The park is home to hundreds of freely roaming deers. Walk among the sweet younglings in the green meadows. And don’t forget to pack some Shika Senbei, They love em!

The sun was shining and it was a lovely day for a walk in the Nara Deer Park Nara Park is a huge park in central Nara Established in 1880, it is the location of many of Nara’s attractions including Todai-ji, Kasuga Taisha, Kofuku-ji, but the star attraction is the herds of Deer roaming freely all over the park We left our home after a quick breakfast at Nara University Cafeteria Nara is best experienced by walking The closest temple on the map is Kōfuku-ji, around 10 minutes walk from Kintetsu Nara Station A narrow alley beside the Station connects the road to Kofuku-ji The road to the temple is lined with souvenir shops and eateries on both sides

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