Nara and Ikaruga
In the morning, we visited Kasuga shrine 春日神社, Todaiji temple 東大寺and met lots of deers. At Todaiji, there is a pillar with a hole in its base that is the same size as the Daibutsu’s nostril. It is said that those who can squeeze through this opening will be granted enlightenment in their next life. I tried and did it!
After that, we visited Heijyo palace remains 平城京跡.
In the 8th century, Nara was a capital of Japan. Now these area is the huge ruins. There is lots of green in the ruins, so I felt good.
Especially I was impressed at East palace garden 東院庭園, which is the restored ancient garden. It is regarded as the beginning of Japanese garden.
And then we visited Toshodaiji 唐招提寺, ate Tonkotsu Ramen at muteppo shabaton 無鉄砲しゃばとん. Finally we visited Horyuji 法隆寺, which was found in the 7th century and it is the oldest wooden structures in the worlds.
For dinner, I ate chicken and minced-meat curry at Tarikaro タリカロ in Nara-machi area ならまち. The restaurant staff told me that it was not hot but it is enough hot but tasty.
Total distance was about 44km.
Only Strava log is in “Keep-Reading” below.