Where is global warming, anyway? I don't think I saw even one Sakura at full bloom, although here is one area getting started:
Nara has pagodas:
Click on 5-story Pagoda to view a clip from You Tube. Of course, temples:
The one above is Todaiji Temple, which houses a 49 foot daibutsu, meaning, large Buddha. This is the largest wooden building in the world.
I missed breakfast, so at 10 AM got really hungry. I noticed deer cookies for sale, and for only a little more than a dollar, so I was tempted to try some. Minutes later I learned that people bought them to feed the deer, and there were a lot of these creatures:
The young and aged seemed to enjoy their presence. The problem with animals is that you need to watch where you walk, and I soon had to pack the shoes I was wearing.
I began to stroll back to my hotel, but all the restaurants did not open until 11AM. But I had a noon departure on the JR, and it was already 10:30. Finally, I was saved, and ordered a bacon/potato pie, hashed browns and corn with a Coke:
A truly satisfying breakfast. I've been on the road for a month today, and this was my first McDonald's. This one never closes.