Two spots you must see in Japan are Arashiyama Bamboo Forest and Nara Deer Park! They are both in close proximity to each other (like maybe an hour apart?) so you can realistically see both in one day.
The bamboo forest was absolutely enchanting. It’s a long trail with bamboo stalks as tall as trees. It felt so peaceful and calm there. Truly a beautiful and serene place to be. If I could, I would come here all the time and just read a book or enjoy the scenery. It’s a nice little escape from city life.
After my nice, relaxing stroll, I stopped by a food vendor’s place to enjoy a delicious matcha ice cream cone. It was like 50 degrees when I visited, but hey, never too cold for an ice cream..
Nara Park is the most interesting parks I’ve ever visited. Throughout the park, hundreds of friendly deer freely roam about. They are national treasures of Japan, so they are protected in the park. Many visitors come to pet and feed the deer.
The deer are so adorable! They come up to you and bow their heads. Everyone in Japan is so polite and mild-mannered, deer included haha! Most of the deer will allow you to pet them too. They are more likely to let you if you have some food. People sell feed inside the park for about 100 yen. Some of them are more timid so I suggest leaving them alone. You wouldn’t want to get bitten or headbutted. I’ve never witnessed this, but you never know. They are wild animals after all.
If you plan on visiting Japan in the near future, I hope these two places gave you a little travel inspiration!