We were tired from climbing Fushimi Inari, very very tired, good thing there were very few people in the train and the ride was long, we got to take a nap, and rest before hours of walking again.
|Sign going to Nara Park.|
|Some girls offering prayers to Lord Buddha?|
|Five Story Pagoda|
|Five Story Pagoda up close.|
We were in awe of the buildings especially the Five Story Pagoda pictured above. It is so much larger than what my picture suggests. I wish I could capture its beauty but I believe I did not do it justice.
After walking a bit further we finally saw what Nara Park was famous for...
|Portrait of a deer.|
|Deer resting in front of the Nara National Museum.|
|A very funny warning sign about deer behavior.|
|Feeding the deer.|
They are very cute and are not shy of humans. They WILL approach you if they think you have food and they will even hound you like dogs if they are hungry enough. Still, they are sacred.
My friend was actually carrying a plastic bag filled with trash from our lunch because we couldn't throw it away, there is NO trash bin in the entire park! Anyway, a deer smelled the plastic bag and proceeded to actually snatch the said bag from her hand. My friend was screaming and screaming in fear! But still, I thought it was cute.
Walking a bit further we rested in a field and then I saw something beyond the trees on the hills...
|A field in Nara Park with Mount Wakakusa in the back.|
I was very curious about what they were doing there and I thought that there must be a nice view up there. So my friend and I walked a bit closer and learned that it was indeed a part of the park and you can climb it. It was called Mount Wakakusa.
|Look at that pee.|
|A Part of Mount Wakakusa from the foot of the mountain.|
I walked towards the gate, bought the ticket, (yes you pay to climb) and was given a map of the mountain. There are three summits and that of the picture above isn't even the first.
|Mount Wakakusa first summit.|
|Mount Wakakusa Third Summit.|
Climbing up along the series of stairs towards the first summit I was already panting heavily and my nose was running for an unknown reason. When I reached the first summit I saw there was still so much to climb! Plus there weren't any stairs anymore!
I took a rest and then climbed to the second summit. the path was a bit narrow and steep and I was so tired that there were moments when I lost balance and risked falling down!
When I reached the second summit, I took a picture of the first summit below me and the third summit still above me (pictured above). Then I decided to climb up further towards the third summit...
|Last few steps toward the third summit.|
|Me lying down on the third summit.|
When I reached the third summit I was literally just so tired that I did not give a damn about anything else and just lied down on the first patch of grass that I saw.
My legs were killing me, my feet were in pain. I was breathing heavily and all I could do was lie down and rest and close my eyes and remove my glasses.
After resting there were still so much to explore...
|A sign post leading to somewhere...|
|This is what the signpost lead to.|
|A sign marking Mount Wakakusa's third summit.|
I only roamed around for a little more trying to get my energy back and then decided to go on back down...
|Path leading down from the third summit.|
|Another photo of the path down.|
|From the second summit, deer also heading back down after grazing through the grass.|
|From the first summit. View of Nara City.|
|The deer who went down with me from the summit.|
|Last photo of a cute deer.|
|Heading back to Osaka.|
|Train back to Osaka.|
When we got to Osaka we headed back to the hotel. We still had a few more hours to tour the next day and we really took advantage of it...
This post is dedicated to the Japanese girl who ran after me on high heels because I left my phone on a bench in Nara Park. She returned my phone after running down two sets of stairs plus three city blocks. Thank you.