After another day of temple-watching in Kyoto we made a day trip to Nara last Monday. More tempels, but a few special ones: Todai-ji , the largest wooden building in the world, and the Kasuga Taisha shrine, surrounded by paths with hundreds of stone lanterns. Beautiful! The sleepy mountain town of Takayama was the next stop on our trip. This town is known for its streets with old Japanese buildings, and it is very cute indeed. We slept in style, in a family-run inn called a minshuku. Dinner and breakfast were very interesting, with many different little dishes of indefinable food. Lots of fun!
Yesterday, we took the Shinkansen to Tokyo, where we will stay for the next five days. We survived a local train during rush hour (6 PM) and now we are in Shinjuku, a very busy commercial district on the western side of town. A short reconnaissance walk yesterday evening confirmed that we made the right choice to come here!