This is the Old Daijoin Temple Garden, a 12th century garden which is just a short walk from Nara Hotel
While the garden is lovely and tranquil, our favorite part about visiting the Old Daijoin Temple Garden was the Heritage Center. The center had a calligraphy exhibition on view which was lovely. The people working at the center were delightful and very excited that we showed interested in their work. In the center’s tea room there was a group of women dressed in pretty kimonos who were serving dessert and tea. The women were ecstatic once we finally worked up the nerve to venture into their domain. They rushed to make sure we were comfortable and then spent a half hour or so chatting with us. It would be fair to say that we were just as interested in them as they were in us. The women were eager to let us in on the best things Nara had to offer, specifically the locally grown foods. They even rustled up some Clementine oranges and a persimmon for us to take back to our hotel. These ladies were the model of hospitality and if I had not already fallen in love with Japan this experience sealed the deal. If you pass by the Daijoin Temple Garden stop in, you may just stumble into a charming new world.
The Zen of the gardens is felt by even the smallest of hippos.
I am leaving Tokyo and I am on my way to Nara, the city of deer, I hope they like me!
The shinkansen or bullet train is an ideal way to travel in Japan. The ride is very comfortable, punctual, and there always seems to be a train when you need one.
Relax, nom on a snack, and enjoy the views as you travel across the country without a care in the world. Behold, Mount Fuji in the distance!
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For great people watching in Tokyo, I head to Harajuku
I like to find an out-of-the-way place where I can watch the crowds without getting trampled, don’t mind my assistant.
Once I am safely tucked away, let’s wait and see who will come along.
Oh oh look there, a group of Waldos!
Here we see Sailor Moon handing out some moon candies
This Harajuku girl is sporting the cutest of all bunny bags
And last but not least, these rad girls nom on some pastries while strolling (do the kids still say rad?)
This is Tiny Hippo reporting to you from Harajuku, Tokyo. For more of my Tokyo adventures click here, see you next time!
Break up the trudge of sightseeing with some relaxing moments
Watch people pedal around in giant swan boats on Shinobazu pond, very relaxing
Contemplate the koi fish at Sensō-ji temple, they will be interested in you too
Indulge in tea and cake in Harajuku, nom nom nom
Best of all, finish the day with a ride on the allusive cat subway car
Seriously, the whole car is full of cute photos of cats, you can’t help but be happy!
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I went to Mori Art Museum and had lots of fun.
On the Tokyo City View Sky Deck even the tiniest of hippos can feel like king of the world.
In the cafe, you could make your own masterpieces.
I colored in a pen drawing inspired by the Pixiv exhibition at the museum.
The trip concluded with dessert, the cutest parfait ever!
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