Last Stop: Nara

Nara was the original permanent capital of Japan so there are many preserved historical sites. You can breeze through the major attractions in a day by walking but I decided to cover more ground by renting a bike.

One of the more famous attractions is a Buddhist temple complex called Todai-ji. Part of Todai-ji is Daibutsuden, the largest wooden building in the world. This where they keep the Daibutsu, the largest Buddha statue in Japan and one of the largest in the world.

If you are wondering what that elderly woman is doing inside a wooden column, she is squeezing through a very small hole. According to legend, those who are able to do this are sure to reach enlightenment. So in other words, only children and small elderly women will be enlightened.

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