When planning your trip to Japan keep in mind to stop by Nara. It's a stop on almost every guided tour in Japan. It won't require you to be there all day, probably just a few hours, so you won't have to book another hotel. Nara is a great day trip to take. To reduce travel time you'll want to travel to Nara from either Osaka or Kyoto, as those are the closest. When traveling to Nara, get off at Nara Station. From the station you can walk to the one place I'm recommending you to visit, and that's Nara Deer Park.
Nara Deer Park literally has everything you need from temples, to scenery, a museum and, of course, deer! If you're not a walking person, I suggest renting a bike. I'll get to the deer in a bit but let me first talk about the park. Some of the famous temples and shrines you've heard about are in this one park.
|The locals let the deer roam everywhere. Even in shops.|
|The bronze Buddha inside the Todai-ji Temple.|
|The stone lanterns of Wakamiya Shrine|
|Kofuku-ji Temple's five story pagoda.|
|I'm petting a baby deer.|
|A warning sign you can see throughout the park.|
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