Mim's 2017 Japan Trip Day 3

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Wed 2017/04/12 14:45 JST
Mim
Life time student of all things Japan, music, culture, anime and associated vices
Sydney, Australia · Nendtaku - 360 unique full size and counting

All first trips to Japan should include a Kyoto and Nara component. This is one of those standard one day Sunrise package coach tours.

Itinerary for this day included Nijo Castle, Kinkaku-ji Temple, Kyoto Imperial Palace, Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, Nara Park & Todai-ji Temple (Great Buddha), Kasuga Taisha Shrine, Nara Nagomikan (Largest souvenir shop Nara)

There was also a nice western style buffet lunch included.

Being a Pokémon Go player it was a good day to buy incubators for some serious egg hatching. Something to consider for avid fans given the meandering coach ride.

Day 1 - http://www.figure.fm/en/post/58238/Mim+s+2017+Japan+Trip+Day+1.html
Day 2 - http://www.figure.fm/en/post/58242/Mim+s+2017+Japan+Trip+Day+2.html
Day 3 - http://www.figure.fm/en/post/58243/Mim+s+2017+Japan+Trip+Day+3.html
Day 4 - http://www.figure.fm/en/post/58247/Mim+s+2017+Japan+Trip+Day+4.html
Day 5 - http://www.figure.fm/en/post/58248/Mim+s+2017+Japan+Trip+Day+5.html
Day 6 - http://www.figure.fm/en/post/58254/Mim+s+2017+Japan+Trip+Day+6.html
Day 7 - http://www.figure.fm/en/post/58274/Mim+s+2017+Japan+Trip+Day+7.html
Day 8 - http://www.figure.fm/en/post/58275/Mim+s+2017+Japan+Trip+Day+8.html
Day 9 - http://www.figure.fm/en/post/58279/Mim+s+2017+Japan+Trip+Day+9.html
Day 10 - http://www.figure.fm/en/post/58280/Mim+s+2017+Japan+Trip+Day+10.html
Day 11 - http://www.figure.fm/en/post/58283/Mim+s+2017+Japan+Trip+Day+11.html
Day 12 - http://www.figure.fm/en/post/58287/Mim+s+2017+Japan+Trip+Day+12.html
Day 13 - http://www.figure.fm/en/post/58295/Mim+s+2017+Japan+Trip+Day+13.html
Day 14 - http://www.figure.fm/en/post/58296/Mim+s+2017+Japan+Trip+Day+14.html
Loot - http://www.figure.fm/en/post/58209/Mim+s+Japan+2017+Trip+Loot+Mirai+visit.html

Pics via iPhone 6

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I miss these two already. Generally my fav breakfast in Japan being not only really cheap at less than 300y, but also filling and I'm not a big breakfast kinda person anyway. The way this little pack opens and separates leaving a crisp, dry, mildly salty and crunchy seaweed wafer caressed around the rice ball is a thing of beauty.

Interesting observation on the lemon tea. Japan does not appear to have the mango or peach teas that are so prolific in Australia. Trust me my Japanese readers the peach tea is pretty epic.

Shinkansen bullet train ticket in the back ground was for the return trip in the evening from Kyoto to Osaka.

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That awesome way people line up on platforms and wait for people to depart the train prior to shuffling on.

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This is a bus...

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First cherry blossom spotted!

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Not a native Japanese one though.

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National treasure Kinkaku-ji Temple.

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Hey there you sexy man.

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That's real 24 carrot gold by the way.

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I'm used to expensive figures and dolls, but woo boy.

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Its around this time one of our group checked and yes you can actually bring a real or replica sword back through customs into Australia. Here you go.. https://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Ente/Brin/Can-I-bring-it-back/Can-I-Bring-It-Back-Market-Goods-And-Shopping/Can-I-Bring-Katanas-and-Samurai-Swords-Back

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Now go forth and purchase!

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I was so freeking tempted by this marble blue one. Short, Long sword and the wooden stand all up came to 19,800y tax free.

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Our tour guide made an amusing observation. Turns out a bow tie on the back of the Kimono signifies no marital status. To put it crudely and in the immortal words of our guide, she's still on the market :)

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HQ in Osaka. Random awesomeness. Wonder if they do tours?

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Long time Japanese sports car fan (own a modified Subaru BRZ even) so found a group of RX7's an odd sight. May have been a small dealer specialising in them.

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Todai-ji Temple (Great Buddha) largest wooden structure in the world.

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I'm a smidge over 6 foot tall or about as big as the thumb.

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If you feed a cracker to the Deer here and raise it in the air above their eye line they will bow their heads. Cute.

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At first we thought those stone pillars were some sort of memorial, but our tour guide advised they were purely a decorative lantern feature. Happy for reader input on that one :)

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This was an actual tree root raised and grown into an archway.

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Some night shots of Osaka.

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And some dinner in a random funky establishment. That's a neat way to server a coke and orange juice.

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The oddest way to prepare sausage, but it was indeed neat.

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Mim
Life time student of all things Japan, music, culture, anime and associated vices
Sydney, Australia · Nendtaku - 360 unique full size and counting