Nara And the Bowing Deer

On my tour of Japan for British people, I took them to Nara after Kyoto.

I have heard from Gifu prefecture officer, that the deer in Nara are very polite and bow to the people.

“Just kidding.” I said and couldn’t belive it.

But, I was wrong.

British people were enjoying to see polite deer too.

They were surprised to see such a lot of deers in Nara. Very different from Kyoto.

Toudai Temple 東大寺

Kasuga Shrine 春日大社

Koufuku Temple 興福寺

I asked if I could escape as their guide for a while, and I visited an Ink making company.

I went there from the station near Toudai Temple.


They show how to make Calligraphy ink and demonstrate.

Also we can see many kinds of calligrapy items.

I did not have enought time in Nara.
I hope to stay in Nara about two days next time.

British People First Visit to Kyoto

I made a schedule for some British people’s first visit to Kyoto for sightseeing.
They seached guide books, website and other material to find where to go. They asked me from January to make a list of places on Excel. But we did not visit all the places we had plan to.
We did not choose to go to the famous Japanese traditional restaurants and Sushi restaurant.
I hope the report will help your plan to visit Kyoto with foreign(Non Japanese) people.

Ryuuan Temple 龍安寺

Ryuuan Temple has stone garden.
It shold be silent… but there were many children as school trip.
If you want to have meditation time, must go there early morning.

Kinkaku Temple 金閣寺

You can walk to Kinkaku Temple from Ryuuan Temple. On the way there is a Sushi restaurant with a rotating counter. I really regret not going there.

If you want to take a photo without people, you should go in the morning.

There were a lot of people there. It was difficult to take a photo.

Take time to wait for your photo oppotunity.

Fushimi Shrine 伏見稲荷 Fox Shrine

Here is the popular spot in Kyoto known for the large number of gates.


We had a rest,

Then we started to walk.

We had good excicise there.

Kiyomizu Temple 清水寺

Kiyomizu Temple is a poplar spot but when we visited it was being repaired.

But we could enter inside

and enjoyed to see outside.

There are interesting spots and everyone looked like they enjoyed it

Yasaka Shrine 八坂神社

From town, it is easy to access the Yasaka Shrine.

We enjoyed taking a walk from Yasaka Shrine to Sannei-zaka it is a popular street.

I hope they enjoyed sight seeing in Kyoto.

Of course I checked the letters.

I was given advice to take them to Gyouza-no-Oushou it is a restaurant.

It was exaughsting to select a place for them to eat, ’cause they did not want to eat in a Japanese Restaurant.
Gyouza-no-Oushou is not a Japanese restaurant. It is Chinese resrautant a specialist for Gyouza.

They like Gyouza and other dishes It was a relief.
Many thanks to Gyouza-no-Oushou.

Mt. Fuji Shiraito Waterfalls

My sister in Law and her friends went to Japan for the first time. They asked to see Mt. Fuji, so I booked the inn in Fujinomiya.

We took the bullet train called Shinkansen.

It was the first time to take Shinkansen for them and I wanted them to have bento.

That night, I booked a Teppan-yaki restaurant to have Yakisoba.

Fujinomiya is famous for Yakisoga. They loved Yakisoba very much.

Next morning, we could see Mt. Fuji near Fujinomiya station.

Mr. Takahiro Yahagi gave us a lift to Mt. Fuji.

We were excited to see the top of Mt. Fuji.

We stood among the clouds.

We could see Sagami Bay.

Mr. Yahagi took us to see the waterfalls.

Shiraito Waterfalls

Otodome Waterfall

We could see Mt. Fuji from the weterfalls.

The Wasabi(Japanese Horseradish) is sold there. Near Mt. Fuji is famouse for growing Wasabi.

On the way from the waterwalls to Fujinomiya, there is a roundabout.

Here is the first roundabout in Japan!