Japan holiday back in 2008 we spent a couple of days in Kyoto, the historical and cultural capital of and home to Nintendo HQ! Japan
We stayed for two nights at a ryokan, a traditional Japanese style inn. We enjoyed our stay and glad we experienced a ryokan, but found it a bit pricey and the 10pm curfew was a little restrictive.
Here are some pictures taken during our stay in
This temple features a “nightingale floor”, a special timber technique which makes it impossible to walk on without it making squeaking sounds. As you walk on the floor boards they chirp like a bird, acting as an alarm system. Pretty cool! I felt like a stealth ninja trying to walk along the floors without making a sound. Of course I failed miserably!
of the Golden Pavilion Temple
A beautiful Zen Buddhist temple set in a stunning Japanese strolling garden.
Todai-ji Temple - Nara
The largest wooden structure in the world. The massive building houses one of
’s largest bronze statues of Buddha (Daibutsu). Japan
We took a trip to
Nara Park, a public park located in the city of . The park has over 1000 sika deer freely roaming around the park which feels pretty surreal. You can buy biscuits and feed the deer from your hand, the wife kept her cool but I was just a little nervous around them! Nara
Of course no trip to a city in
would be complete without checking out the arcades! Here are some pictures taken at a-cho Japan Arcade, which can be found in the main shopping mall, easily identified by the large teddy bear that points upstairs. After a full day sightseeing and a bite to eat, it was cool looking round the shopping mall and playing some games here.