Nara Park is a huge area spreading over the eastern half of Nara City. This park belongs to the top itinerary of visitors to Nara, hosting Todaiji Temple with the Great Buddha, Kofukuji Temple, Kasuga Taisha Shrine and the Nara National Museum.
You will be surprised to see more than 1,000 deer roaming freely in the park. They are Natural Treasure and considered messengers of the gods. Buy "deer cookies (shika senbei)" for 150 yen and feed them to pose for photos. The deer are adorable but sometime turn aggressive and try to eat everything including your wallet and money. Watch out!
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Airport/Sta.Osaka International Airport (about 38.7km) Google Transit
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5.0in the last week
What a beautiful park!
The best part about this park and location is of course the Deer.
I was staying in Osaka which is a few train rides away, let's say an hour or so away. Google maps will be your best friend to help you navigate, just make sure you have a portable WiFi. This park is open 24 hours a day and open to the public at no charge. Once you arrive at the park it is nearly impossible to miss, this park is so big it's actually divided by streets and passing cars. The Deer are located everywhere and are roaming freely throughout the area. In the park you can find a couple locations where they sell deer cookies, for a small fee you can purchase a pack and walk around and start feeding deer. It's such a fun and exciting experience! The deer are so friendly and some even have great manners like if you bow up and down they copy you. You do have to very careful when feeding them because they do want more and sometimes they start to pile up in a group. So I was told by locals that when you are done feeding one or a couple slowly turn around and walk away, DO NOT RUN! If you run of course they are more likely to chase you.
I personally turned around slowly like I was told and the deer bit my shirt as I turned but not aggressive at all. You can also walk around and find a few temples to view and few local stands to do shopping and eating in the area.
This is a definite visit and I highly recommend it.
5.02 weeks ago
Fantastic stop with many attractions inside. Full of tame deer to keep you entertained. Attractions include various shrines, temples and restaurants and shops. Recommend to enter from a side entrance to avoid the crowds. Only complaint is that if you do avoid the main entrance, it may take you a while before you come across a shop which sells deer feed.
5.03 weeks ago
Loved coming here and seeing the deer. They can get a bit pushy when they see you have food so be careful not to attract a large group of them. It's amazing that they bow to you so that you give them food.
The scenery is lovely as well so would highly recommend giving here a visit.
5.0in the last week
Loved this park! The shrine of a thousand lanterns was gorgeous, the big budha temple was incredible, and all the sweet deer made this a magical day of sightseeing. Buy the biscuits to feed the deer. The males with the big horns can be a bit biscuit greedy so be careful. I saw a group of girls bowing to a doe and the doe would bow back it was so neat!
5.0a month ago
The cutest deer who bow to you to get a snack.
There’s also some amazing temples in the park which are worth visiting.
We took a day trip to Nara from Kyoto which takes roughly an hour by train. Although Nara is a novel experience I would say if you’re short on time to spend an extra day in Kyoto