For our third day, we visited Nara and Kobe.
Nara is known for historical temples and Nara Park where deers roam freely whereas Kobe is known for their sumptuous Kobe Steak. Both places are far from each other but we managed to put them in just one day because you can visit their sites for few hours only.
First stop: NARA
HOW TO GO:
From Namba Station ride a train to Kintetsu Nara Line ( Towards Kintetsunara) then stop at Shinomiya Station. Walk for a 8- 10 minutes then you’ll reach Nara, Nara Prefecture. The travel time is around 1 hour.
TRIVIA: Did you know that Nara is the first capital of Japan?
TIP: There is an information center in the station where you can get map (you should get one since Nara is quite big). They’re really nice and they assisted us on what directions to take for us to visit majority of the temples for a half day tour only.
You have an option to tour by riding a bus or by walking. We chose the latter because we thought we can.
Nara Park is a public park in the City of Nara. The size of the park is vast that it surrounds multiple temples and shrines such as the Todaiji Temple. One of the main attraction here are the deers that are everywhere which are also considered as national treasures. You can buy crackers from the vendo machines around if you want to feed them.
SITES WE VISITED:
Kofukuji Temple – (The five Storied Pagoda) – A buddist Temple and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
South Octagon Hall (Nan’endō)
Kasuga Taisha Temple – Nara’s most celebrated Shrine and established in dedication to a deity responsible for the protection of the city. (source: http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e4102.html)
There are more grandeur temples but we didn’t visited them anymore because we’re already tired of walking. We took bus and head off to the station. While in the bus we also saw Todaiji Temple.
For more travel guide in Nara check this site: http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2165.html.
Last Destination for the day was KOBE, Hyogo Prefecture.
HOW TO GO:
From Nara, ride train ( via Kintentsu Nara line/Hanshin Namba Line) towards Amagasaki Station. from Amagasaki, ride Hanshin Main Line towards Sanyohimeji then stop at Sannomiya Station. Walk then you’ll reach Kobe. It would take 1 hr and 30 mins of travel.
Kobe beef is world famous for its flavor, taste and quality. Honestly, it’s not cheap and you can have it anywhere in Japan, but since Kobe is reachable,why not have the experience from where it started?
Our chosen restaurant is Steak Land. Based from our research, Steak land provides topnotch Kobe steak at the cheapest price.
BEFORE WE EAT:
LAST ONE! 🙁
Everything slowed down during dinner and I savored every bite. Very worth it! No need for a food review, just try it! 🙂
Before we head home, we tour around Kobe and here are some shots:
The long walk and sumptuous steak made us really sleepy going back to our apartment. Good enough because we need to sleep for our itinerary the next day.
ICOCA Card Reload – ¥2000- ₱729.16
Kobe Beef – ¥4660-₱1698.95
Total: ¥6660 – ₱- 2428.11