Nara Deer, Kobe Beef

Nara Deer, Kobe Beef

Both Nara and Kobe are places convenient from either Kyoto and Osaka.  While Nara is famous for its deer, Kobe is famous for its beef.  Whereas I could spend a whole day in Nara, I would definitely spend less than half a day in Kobe… besides eating, there really isn’t anything else to do there!  Well, except for shopping probably.

 

Nara

There’s going to be a lot of walking in Nara as the park is pretty big.  I had a big luggage with me, since I just checked out of Osaka and planned to go to Nara first before heading to Kyoto for my accommodation at night.  It would be ridiculous for me to carry a huge luggage around.  Thankfully, there was a Nara City Tourist Information Center next to JR Nara Station where you can leave your luggages there from 9am to 7pm (Tel no. 0742 27-2223).

NaraThe streets (I believe above is Sanjodori St.) was so empty!  Felt like a ghost town when I first arrived.

Nara

Kakihona SushiKakinoha sushi – one of Nara’s specialties!

Kakihona SushiThese sushi actually taste really, really good.

Kakinoha SushiA great website explaining the existence of Kakinoha Sushi.  Click here.

NaraThis is nearby Kintetsu Nara Station.

Nara RestaurantTried this restaurant that was tucked in an alleyway.  Thought it was going to be good.

Nara RestaurantBut it turned out to be one of the worst meals I’ve had… in JAPAN.

Deer in NaraThere were lots and lots of deer in Nara.

Deer in Nara

Beware of Deer Attack

Deer in Nara

Deer in Nara

Deer in NaraYou can buy some food to feed the deer and all of them will come running after you… walking towards you*.

Deer in NaraChillin’.  What I do best.

Deer in NaraCute.

ShizukaA famous restaurant in Nara called Shizuka.  Most of the people queuing were actually from Hong Kong.

ShizukaKamameshi.  Again it’s those eating methods common in Japan where you’re supposed to eat it in a variety of different ways.  I had just ate the terrible meal but I forced myself to eat again since there were so many people waiting in line.

ShizukaIncredibly delicious?  Not really.  Felt it wasn’t tasteful and quite bland.  I found this blog post that talked more about this restaurant.

Nara

Nara

Nara

Nara

Todaiji TempleTodaiji Temple.

Todaiji Temple

Todaiji Temple

Todaiji Temple

Todaiji Temple

NaraIf I remember correctly, this was a gift from India to Japan.

Deer in Nara

Nara

Nara

Deer in NaraAll of them, chillin’.

Deer in Nara

Nara

Kasuga Taisha Shrine

Kasuga Taisha Shrine

Kasuga Taisha Shrine

Kasuga Taisha Shrine

Kohikan CoffeeCoffee in Kohikan.  They have many branches around Japan apparently.

Kohikan Coffee

Side tip: please remember that going to Nara, there may be trains that are express trains that can travel much faster to Nara as these express trains will skip couple of stations.

Kobe

Kobe is easily accessible by JR train and takes less than an hour to reach there from Osaka.  There is a lot of shopping to do, and other out of the way excursions if you decide to do those.  I myself just stayed around the Kobe area.  I will admit, there are some things I missed out in the Kobe city center, such as the Kobe museum and flower clock.  But really, there isn’t much to do or see here except shopping.  If you are tight on time, Kobe is a place you can miss out on.

Kobe

AxesAgain Japanese shops… can’t find these brands in Hong Kong.

KobeMore shopping.

Kobe Dining HallThe restaurant I went to.

Kobe Dining HallOishi!  Of course, it’s kobe beef!

Kobe HarborlandKobe Harborland – ferris wheel.

Kobe

Kobe Port TowerKobe Port Tower.  (website)

Coffee CafeA cool coffee cafe (Nishimura’s Coffee) in the mall.

Kobe

Kobe

Higashimon Street

Ikuta Road

Kobe AlleywayMany cool shops and foods in this alleyway.

Like Nara, there are also express trains which can take you to Kobe faster.  Also did you know, Kobe Bryant was named Kobe after his father thought Kobe beef was delicious.

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