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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5.0in the last week
Cute and Polite Deer is everywhere. so manner that they greet by bow and need to bow back in returns. smart enough to use crosswalk without get in any troubles.
5.0a month ago
Incredible Park. The best one I have ever visited. That’s was so stunning walking around deer and feed them. They are so friendly, if you feed them, of course. Because if you don’t, and you do have the food, you can be attacked😅
Don't forget to buy crackers to feed deer. You can buy it in the entrance or in some places in the park.
5.02 months ago
Really cool (yet touristy) place to visit. But if you're in a mood to see a bunch of deer, this place is awesome. There are people who sell crackers for the deer and be sure to bow to the deer before feeding them. It's only a short walk from the main train station in Nara.
5.03 months ago
Amazing experience and unique attraction in Nara. This is a must-go when you visit Nara. Keep in mind that you will do a lot of steps and walks in a big acres of place. So wearing a comfortable shoes is highly recommended.
5.03 months ago
Have traveled around a lot and can't recommend this place enough. The feel of the park, watching all the people interact with the deer and just enjoying the place is amazing. The main temple is well worth a visit too and the modest entrance fee keeps it from being overcrowded.