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Nara proper is only 3 train stops from our Airbnb home. We took the train into city center to see the old capital of Japan from 710 to 784. The city is home to several World Heritage sites. We only saw one of the 8 shrines/temples along with the Nara Park and the “old town”.

The Great Buddha Hall houses the world's largest bronze statue of the Buddha built by more than 2,600,000 people in total The 16 m (52 ft) high statue was built through eight castings over three years and the Buddha was finally completed in 751. The statue has been rebuilt after fire and earthquake damage. This seems to be a reoccurring theme - Fire and Earthquakes.  The building itself is an amazing feat of architecture.

The Nara Park which houses a couple of the UNESCO sites also has tame deer.  The deer will eat out of your hand and there are vendors selling crackers to feed to the deer.

We were expecting more from the “old town”. However we had an excellent lunch at Fus. There are no such things as coincidences.  As we were walking toward the restaurant we met the very same couple that was looking for the Traditional Folk Art Museum (see Kyoto). What a small world. They had just finished lunch and suggested Fus. We had an appetizer that had foie gras, then a pumpkin soup which was very light, the main course and then dessert. The menu was all in Japanese so we didn’t know it would be a western type of lunch. It was a wonderful change of pace.