Kyoto, Osaka and Nara

Well I`m back home(I actually call Hiroshima home now) after a very quick tour of Kyoto, Osaka, Nara.
We caught the night bus to Kyoto on Sunday and arrived at 5.30am (well at least we managed to look around some of the main sites while they were empty even if we were exhausted by the afternoon). Kyoto is the cultural capital of Japan, filled with temples, shrines and the chance of running into the odd Geisha girl as well. I have to admit by the end of our trip we were pretty much on temple overload.

Nara(the first proper capital of Japan) is even older than Kyoto, it`s home to the worlds largest wooden building which looks pretty damn impressive even when it`s overcrowded with groups of school children.

Osaka is the second largest city in Japan but a lot less touristy than Kyoto and Nara. We only really had enough time there to visit the aquarium but it was pretty amazing. It`s home to the worlds largest aquarium tank containing a huge whale shark. In the evening we went out with some of the other GAP volunteers in Japan, we went to this really cool restaraunt designed like a gothic church although the pop music they were playing kind of ruined the atmosphere. Osaka isn`t exactly a beatiful city but has some really weird and cool architecture to look at.

So in all it was a pretty good few days off, despite staying in probably the worlds smallest room, I`m sure it was a cupboard(at least it was cheap).

Anyway I have to go and relax for a bit before the big 3 day festival starting tomorrow.

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