Around Nara II

Ancient building to the left

and the right - guarding the grounds

Famous Fujiwara clan temple - they effectively ruled Japan for a couple hundred years by controlling the emperor

Nice picture of the pagoda behind the lake

Lantern row, many 1,000+ years old.  I believe there is a festival where they are lit at night, which must be quite sight.

Giant gate for temple

Me in front of the main temple, one of the worlds' largest wooden buildings.

Closer view showing size of temple

Main Buddha inside; body is something like 1,000 years old, but head is new, only a few hundred years old.

A side Buddha, in gold

A monk doing his work.

Stone markers up the path

Pretty red tree