Thanks a lot for your replies!
Had both Kobe and Kyoto in mind, but I wasn't really aware of Nara, so i'll definitely look into going there!
Also i'll have to check out that JR pass, that might be a very good idea.
Encountering bowing deers and getting reborn all in one day does sound like a blast
It sounds like you had a great time there cheryl, and i'm sure i'll have a great time there too!
Also i'm looking forward to crashing and burning with my 'allmighty' japanese skills
Feel free to keep the suggestions coming if you've got any more! Thanks a lot!