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
Very unique place in an awesome little town. Would highly recommend to spend a day here.
It was extremely hot the day we went and there was a lot of walking, but luckily plenty of shaded and breezy areas.
The deer are everywhere, you can buy crackers to feed them but be warned you will be swarmed! There is also plenty of areas without deer, they seem to keep them out of the temples. Honestly the park is huge and you could spend hours walking around here.
5.03 weeks ago
Don't forget to take a Deer selfie! =)
4.02 months ago
A few years ago, a friend and I attended a conference near Nara, and then we had a little bit of time to see the famous sites. The deer of Nara Park lived up to their reputation as being gentle and very hungry. Todaiji Temple is located a short walking distance from Nara Park -- which is nice if you want to get away from the hungry deer.
5.0in the last week
We entered Nara Park on a recommendation toward the end of mine and my sister's trip to Japan. We had pretty high expectations having heard word of an ancient city which had wild deer roaming the streets - I can tell you now those expectations were met!
Staying in Kyoto, we made our way by train to Nara. The journey was lovely. The train silently made it's way through flooded rice fields straight to Nara - it felt like something from Spirited away!
On arrival there was a short walk to the park, on the way we started to notice deer trotting around. They were on the pavement, crossing the road - even sleeping outside cafes. Locals would sell you rice crackers to feed them for a couple of yen. The deer would come straight over and eat it out of your hand. The best thing was that they bowed!!
Highly recommend to anyone who has seen it all in Kyoto already.
4.0a week ago
Nara Park used to be a MUST for tourists in japan. Now it’s so quiet and I noticed some stores closed recently due to few tourists. Poor.