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.
4.0in the last week
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.
5.0in the last week
All of the deer are amazing! I would recommend keeping track of any food you or your family/children have because they will swarm. All in all it's great fun and a beautiful park!
5.0a week ago
Nice park to visit all the wild deer and just be careful as the deer will follow you closely if you are feeding them.. watch up if you bring along your kids.. very big park with a lot of temple surrounding and within walking distance..
3.0a week ago
It's okay... Maybe just not my thing. Had no desire to feed the deer and seeing them reduced to finding their next snack is saddening. Not sure how I feel about them removing their horns.
Also, watch your step.
5.0in the last week
It's pretty. There's immense historical and religious significance. Important to many is the fact that you can get the deer to bow to you by buying (¥150) treats to give them. There is also a visitor center where you can learn some origami, calligraphy, and other cool (and free!) things. Also many awesome restaurants. This was a great last place to visit 😊