Japan 2017 Day 1 – Nara

Seeing the sakura has always been on my bucket list and in fact, I have been wanting to go for my past few birthdays but I procrastinated. Finally making it come true this birthday and finally bringing Kumakuma back to his hometown after 5 years! 😀

Excited Kumakuma saying, “Let’s go~!”

Evening flight after half day of off~

Oh in the end I thought I booked Scoot for my first leg from Singapore to Manila but actually it was Tigerair 😭 They have merged and even though you booked through the Scoot website, it might be the cramped Tigerair plane that you’ll be getting, so look carefully at the flight number when you book!

Watching the prettiest sunset from above the clouds!!!

I was feeling worried all the time because after the MAS saga, I am really paranoid that something would happen again and I would miss my next flight or something 😣 But the transit was smooth except that I was asked to open up my luggage at the Manila airport’s check point because of my heat packs.

Apparently the people there have not seen it before and thought the powdery stuff inside are drugs! But the male staff was later more intrigued by my disposable panties that he asked several questions about it. “Wear and throw?” Like duh. So embarrassing 😓

Flight to Osaka was simply uncomfortable and I really don’t know why Jetstar decided to disable the function of adjusting your chair! How do you expect people to sleep upright for 4.5 hours?! 真是要了我的腰! Tried all positions to sleep and luckily I managed to catch a couple hours of sleep for both flights, though I got off with an aching back 😒

Finally arrived at the land of sushi cum land of Pokemon~!
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Greeting from Pikachu at 6am Japan time 😁

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Sakura theme everywhere!

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And Pokemons too!

Collected my JR pass and got my very first train ticket! Off to Nara~!
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It’s my first time in Nara and I was damn excited! Excited to feed the deer! 😁 I think my first day is the happiest day of my trip! Fed the deer, saw sakura, took lots of nice photos, ate nice food, good weather; lots of excitement and happiness!

My first accommodation was in Kyoto, and Nara is like between Osaka and Kyoto. But thank goodness Japan has got lockers at almost every of their train stations, so I could conveniently deposit my luggage and backpack at 700 yen while I explore Nara!

Looking shagged after 8.5 hours flight + 3 hours transit in between~ But full of excitement!!! Oh my shawl makes me look like I have an injured neck because I didn’t know how to wear it 😂 Luckily I took a look at how Nad wore it (she lent it to me) and wore it the same way as the fashionista~ Hehe!
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Was on the way to the first temple – Kōfuku-ji when I already met so many deer! So cute OMG~ Makes me miss my meh mehs in Cing Jing!
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Managed to take a couple of photos with them before they started aiming for my hot chocolate 😱
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Hello! Let’s take a wefie! 😁

You can buy senbei to feed them and I was looking forward to that! I mean that is kinda what I am in Nara for 😝 I was looking for the 100 yen senbei that I read online but I think all the stalls have increased price to 150 yen now~
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Hello hello, what you sniffing ah?
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Saw even more deer wandering around Nara Park but I decided to visit Kōfuku-ji first!
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Japanese kids are really cute! I see so many at JAS but I am never sick of them~ Look at the little girl doing the peace sign with 3 fingers 😂 So kawaii one!
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With the pagoda!

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Another kawaii kid!

Most of the temples in Nara/Kyoto require a fee, but since I was only there for photos, I did not go in~
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Purifying yourself at the temizuya! Actually you should purify yourself before entering the temple/shrine but I only did it after 😂
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Chanced upon a cute tea house!
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Went back to carry out my deer mission! 😀
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It was fun feeding the deer but I was also scared after reading that they may attack you 😱 Furthermore all of them would keep coming after you if they see senbei in your hand! So if you’re feeding one, the others might start coming too.
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Happily feeding! 😁

The senbei were gone really fast because the deer were all so greedy~ One piece after another, munch munch munch.
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I look as though I am smacking its head but I was trying to sayang instead. But they like to smell my hand instead of letting me pat their heads 😐
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Tricking the deer with the senbei wrapper 😅
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Caught the deer doing a buck rub! So cute!
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Just cannot get enough of them! 😍
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Bo hue wefie~

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Newly-grown antlers 😝

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Finally a successful wefie!

I like deer/any animals that just sit there 乖乖 and let me pat, and I found a lazy doe that allows me to! 😛 Love these photos!!!
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I thought I was done with the deer but guess what I spotted? Fawns!!!
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So pretty and cute!!!! 😍😍😍
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But I only like the light brown ones 😐 The dark brown ones look dirty…
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Chanced upon this pretty garden! Spot the deer sunbathing by the pond 😅
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Chanced upon this Himuro Shrine where I saw my first sakura! Got attracted by them so much that I forgot to take photos of the shrine itself 😅
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Not blooming yet but still pretty in pink~
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White ones too!
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Saw a few couples taking wedding photos with the sakura~ But haven’t bloomed yet leh… I will be so sad if I’m the bride. So crowded some more! Still think Cing Jing will be prettier…hmmmm
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Okay lah…managed to take 2 photos in the shrine~
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But more sakura again! Love these pretty photos with the sakura! ❤ Love the colours of my Canon camera too! Make all my photos so nice~~~
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Skipped some temples cause I’m also not very religious luh. Just put them in the itinerary to kill time~ Main motive was the deer which I already accomplished what I want 😊 Off for shopping at Higashimuki shopping street!
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Found the famous mochi – Nakatanidou! There is no English name at the stall so I had to verify with the people if I was at the right place 😅
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So interesting to watch them pounding the mochi! I saw it a couple of times in JAS too but I still always get intrigued by it!

Got my freshly-made mochi! Still warm in hand!
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It’s soooooo soft and nice that I am actually craving for it now!!! 😋 It’s red bean filling inside and it’s damn nice! Must try if you are in Nara!
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Walked aimlessly in search for a lunch place, cause I did not have 4G nor WiFi~ I like how I don’t have to navigate, just walk only! Lost also never mind! No responsibilities at all ((:

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Chanced upon these cuties on the way 😃

I thought they are water bottles but they are actually fire extinguishers! Aiyo~ Why everything in Japan so kawaii one!!!
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First proper meal in Japan!
Yum yum~

Overall I really love Nara and I would be back! Goodbye my lovely deer for now and hello Kyoto!!! Kyoto is a 45-minute train ride away from Nara, and I am excited to finally visit this highly-raved place too!

Didn’t take long to find my first guest house cause it’s not too far from Kyoto station 😀
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My humble accommodation for the next 3 nights that comes with a mini kitchen~ It’s a small place because most of Japan’s accommodation are small and expensive (and full by the time I booked), but I love the sofa bed that I can extend out and nua in front of the TV after a long day!
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Nua-ed a bit before I was out again with my camera to explore Kyoto station! I read online that the roof of Kyoto station has got pretty good view of the city, so I decided to check it out (:
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Spotted Kyoto Tower!
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And chanced upon an interesting light display on the stairs!
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It doesn’t seem like but it’s actually freaking cold up there with the wind blowing! Brrrrrrrr~
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So pretty!
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View at the rooftop ain’t as great as I thought because it’s not open view~ Maybe it’s nice to look at and for couples to partor when it’s not so cold, but not so good for photography…hmmmm.
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Nevertheless, it’s been a long but fulfilling day and I had explored enough! So good night, Kyoto~! ❤
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