From Kansai airport, we took JR line to go to Oji (place where we stay). I'm going to make separate entry on places we sleep ok :)
We bought 7-day JR pass for our daily route but we can't use it on the first day as we going to take shinkansen on the 8th day. Shinkansen (bullet train) fare is very expensive so we are saving up the JR pass for it and going to activate it on the 2nd day. So we bought normal ticket and MrComot was very confident to use the ticket machine and we stare at those machines like, 10mins and then said "forget it!". Haha seriously we have no idea how to use the ticketing machine as it is totally in Japs. Luckily there is a big JR office there, so we bought the ticket from the counter.
When we reached Oji, temp seems like colder than in Kansai! I had to put on my gloves after few minutes walking. Oji is a little town a bit outskirt of Osaka and real nice. It's very clean and serene.
Then we walked to our ryokan (japanese guest house) about 10mins walk, checking in, rest for a while, freshen up and we are good to go.
We had our little lunch at Senkyu, a local hypermart near to the station.
When we stepped into the foodcourt area, then we realize we have big trouble. Everything is in Japanese! 100%! No single English! We were like, OMG, what we going to eat. Actually we know that they don't speak English, but we don't know it's going to be ZERO english.
So we walk and walk until we see a crepe shop and the menu looks ok, based on the pictures displayed so we tried to place an order
Us: One! (showing first finger)
Crepe girl: Ahh one! (imitating us)
Us: No meat
Crepe girl: Ha?
Us: You got seafood?
Crepe girl: seee-fooo?
Us: We can't take meat. No meat (waving our hands)
Crepe girl: Ha?
I don't expect it will be this hard. Tak sangka they don't even understand the keyword. Luckily, Japs are very friendly and helpful. The crepe girl trying her best to attend us and she shows us one bye one ingredient she's going to use - flour, tamago (egg), corn, ebi (prawn), and mayannoise then we happily say "OK!"
Haha so this is our first meal in Japan
Ebi crepe at 420yen (with drinks, ice lemon tea)
Around 11 AM, we off to Nara (using JR line) straight from Oji for their deer park. Tell you the truth, I wasn't very keen to go to this deer park as I was thinking "deer? must be like a zoo" but MrComot insist us to go and I'm glad we did!
There are lotsa deers, like everywhere! And all of them are freely mingling with us.
The deers are not violent and you can feed or pat them. They also are not afraid of human, in fact they keep on chasing people for some food.
A group of deers trying to get food from this girl. She's holding some crackers I think.
Todaiji Temple also known as one of world's heritage. It is filled huge buddhas and most of them are carved from solid wood. The main buddha is made from gold and copper. Admission is at 500yen per person.
Me under a fully bloomed sakura
Another tree. It is so 'rendang' that I can reach the flowers.