It might have because of the weather, the autumn colours or the light of the setting sun, but the peacefulness of the Kasuga Taisha Shrine (春日大社) was stunning. First built in 768, it had been rebuilt several times over the centuries. Kasuga Taisha, my favourite shrine in Nara; the lanterns make a beautiful subject. If I am really honest, I have better memories of Nara than of Kyoto. True, Kyoto is better known and has probably more famous sights, but it is all spread out through the city and, even though the sights have been protected, right next door you can find an eyesore or a street lined up with only souvenir shops selling the same omiyage. It makes me feel sorry for the shrines and temples, like the people of Kyoto can hardly wait to tear them down and build another tiled building on top of them.
Nara, on the other hand, is very fortunate to have most shrines and temples located in a beautiful park, it allows the tourist to dream of Japan of the old days.