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
We guide this spot.
4.0a month ago
Great park to see awe inspiring Buddhist temples, that are less crowded than their Kyoto counterparts. It is well maintained and feels less tacky than other tourist attractions, however the way some visitors acted around the deer was irritating and off-putting.
5.02 weeks ago
It was an amazing place! Experiencing a new culture and walk next to wild deer was fantastic. If you have the opportunity to go there then I highly recommend it
4.0a week ago
Nice place to walk and spend a day wondering. There are random gardens scattered throughout Nara. 500-600 yen entry fee. Some are rather pretty during spring and autumn
5.03 weeks ago
A truly unique experience. This park hosts one of the oldest wooden structures in the world and one of the tallest Buddha statues at 15.m metres. The park is also home to beautiful deer, ponds and gazebos.
5.0a week ago
The deer are so fun and cute! They will nod at you for food. They are also a little nippy so don't wear clothes you don't mind getting nipped!