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.
5.0a month ago
This place was so cool. The deer are everywhere! Some were pushy, some were sweet and laid back. The biscuits are 150 yen per pack to feed to them. Watch your bags or they will try to bite them. My kids loved petting them and feeding them. If you hold the biscuit up they will bow to you to show they want it. You have to move quickly or they will try to grab it out of your hand. Don’t stand by their back side though, my youngest almost got pooped on 😂. It was worth the trip from Kyoto for such a unique experience. It is an open park so there is no fee to enter. The only cost is if you want to feed them like mentioned above. There is a little shopping alley right next to the train station as well.
5.0in the last week
You have to go to Nara to experience it. Pictures and stories just water it down. I recommend going to the Nara park and then walk to the main shrine. It's very unique and beautiful.
5.0a week ago
Huge park and very well maintained, everyone who visits Nara absolutely needs to come here. There is so much to see here, you could absolutely pass a full two days visiting everything.
5.03 weeks ago
One if the best experiences I've had with wildlife. You can buy a small stack of round crackers and actually feed the deer out in the open. They roam freely in the streets and parks and will actually come right up to you and bow. You then give them a piece of the cracker. Really wonderful. TAKE THE KIDS!!!!! Inspiring travels!
5.0a week ago
A great day trip, only about an hour away from Osaka. Lots of friendly but hungry deer. Food for the deer can be purchased for 150 yen. A few nice temples to check out too while in the area. Would highly recommend going.