Our last stop for our Nara tour was Kofokuji Temple. To be completely honest, at this point of our tour, we were so tired we just wanted to go home and have a hot foot soak. It was drizzling non-stop the whole day, we almost lost our only umbrella, and we had a mini argument. It was chaotic, to say the least. We just wanted to rest. But you’re only in Japan once (or you only get to be a first-time tourist in Japan once) and we wanted to really see everything. We just winged it. We put one foot in front of the other and found ourselves at Kofokuji Temple.
After seeing Nigatsu-do Hall, we planned on seeing Kasuga-Taisha next. Along the way, we got to see Mount Wakakusayama. It is a grass-covered mountain located behind Nara Park. We decided not to climb up the mountain but rather just enjoy it from afar.
One of the places I was most excited to visit was Nara. To be honest, the only thing I knew about it was its famous deer. It wasn’t until we were walking towards Todai-ji Temple that I knew I underestimated it. Imagine a big park with UNESCO World Heritage Sites left and right all within walking distance of each other!
Nara is the capital city of Nara Prefecture located in the Kansai region of Japan. There are a total of eight temples, shrines, and ruins in Nara that are collectively known as the Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara. Out of the eight, we picked three temples to visit along with a visit to Isuien Garden.