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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4.0a week ago
Nice place with deer feeding. Really good for animal lovers who loves to connect with nature. Better come early since there are so many people including tourist and locals alike.
5.0in the last week
Loved it! The deer are so cute! Though the ones closest to the deer cracker carts are aggressive in wanting those crackers. Good tip is to buy it and scuttle away about 50+ metres from the cart.
5.0a week ago
Nara Park was famous for deer. The deer here were lovely and friendly? Some of them might chasing you for food, try to stay clam and take it easy. It’s a nice experience to be here with your friends and family. You will definitely have lots of fun and be more closed with them. Really recommend this place.
5.0a week ago
It was so much fun! The deer can get slightly aggressive but it's not bad. Great place to take kids!
5.0a month ago
I LOVED IT SO MUCH I WENT TWICE! This park is an absolute must do! There are beautiful temples, ponds, bridges, and lots of land to explore. Oh yes, and the DEER are amazing! They are generally docile. If you want to pet them try slowly approaching a deer that is laying down and extend your hand to let it smell you first. If it pulls away when you slowly reach to pet it then let it be. The most disappointing part was some visitors taunting the deer for deer biscuits. Please don’t tease them! These are beautiful creatures with a generally kind demeanor. Treat them with the respect they deserve. Make sure not to leave any trash or the deer will eat it and they can get sick.