My first trip was from January 25th to February 17th. At the beginning and end of the vacation, we traveled around Ōsaka and its surroundings. In between, we went from Ōsaka to Kyōto, followed by a visit to the deer in Nara and ended with a trip to Toyota and its surroundings.
February 2nd and 14th
After enjoying it so much on the first day, we visited the castle again at the end of our trip and admired it during sunset.
Shitennoji Tempel, Ōsaka
At first you search for it, and then it's just there - right in the middle of the city.
Nishi-Honganji Tempel, Kyoto
A large temple, visited on a cold and wet day.
Toji Temple, Kyoto
Probably a very beautiful place, but unfortunately the weather was pretty bad...
Nijo Castle, Kyoto
An impressive castle in the middle of the city.
Shinsen-en Garden, Kyoto
A tiny garden inthe midst of a huge city.
Hōryūji Temple, Kyoto
An impressive complex, especially when a "horde" of Japanese students stormed the place: despite the huge number, it was still possible to move around freely - you just couldn't cross their path...
Tōdaiji Temple, Nara
One deer, two deer, deer everywhere!
Also known for the largest indoor Buddha statue.
Okazaki Castle, Aichi-ken
Nice weather, but a freezing wind...
Inuyama Castle, Aichi-ken
And the first signs of spring started to show!
Nambda and Amerika-mura, Ōsaka
The two major shopping streets of Ōsaka.