Friday, January 30, 2009

Uji Bridge

Ujibashi Bridge, along with Karahashi Bridge in Seta and Yamazaki Bridge, is one of the three oldest bridges in Japan. It is said to have first been erected in 646 by Doto, a priest of Gango Temple in Nara. This graceful bridge blends in with the beautiful mountains around the Uji River.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Historic Uji

Uji is a historic town located between Nara and Kyoto. Uji is famous for its history including the Tales of Genji and possibly the oldest Green Tea Shop in the world.

Unique Mailbox

Uji Station

Map of Uji

Historic Uji

Thursday, January 22, 2009

JR Station

Ticket Vending Machine

Map of Train Station to find out the fare

Inside of JR Train

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Hotel Nikko Nara

Hotel Nikko Nara is a JAL hotel. JAL hotels are usually first class and this hotel is no exception. The hotel staff is friendly and will help you in anyway they can.

The lobby of Hotel Nikko Nara

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Symbol of Nara

Cities in Japan have their own, unique mascots, this is Nara's. It combines a Buddhist Monk with deer antlers. Nara is famous for its Temples, Shrines and park where deer reside. The deer are considered sacred and roam freely. They attract the attention of visitors and are considered tame. This symbol was created to help celebrate Nara's 13th century anniversary, arriving in 2010.

Nara - A journey to the ancient city

Monday, January 19, 2009

Friday, January 16, 2009

Bus ride from Itami Airport to JR Nara Station

Riding in a Japanese Taxi is like taking a drive with your favorite Uncle. The Taxi Drivers engage you in a conversation. Every Taxi Driver I've met has been quite friendly and interesting. They want to know who you are and where you're from. They always ask questions and will answer any question you may have with knowledge and experience.

Limousine bus stop