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.
5.0in the last week
Very big park. A lot of deer there. There are stalls selling cracker to feed the deer but be careful. The deer will gather around you and try take the cookies from your hands. There are a couple of big temples in the area. Get some fruit or some snacks before going to the park so you can enjoy them while watching the deer.
4.0in the last week
Fairly crowded with people. Several temples and gardens to roam around. Feeding the deer is fun, cookies for deer are 150 yen sold by vendors. Watch your step out there for the big clumps of deer poop everywhere!
5.0a week ago
Nara Park is a most amazing experience. With herds of deer roaming around the park and the long ancient history of the nearby monuments make it an experience to remember and leaves you wanting to come back over and over again
5.0in the last week
Nara park is awesome! I'm not sure of any other place in the world where you can get an experience like this. The deer are very friendly and will bow to you. Come early in the day, otherwise most of the deer will already be full and won't want to be fed. Also, there were tons of delicious food vendors if you are looking for a quick bite.
5.02 weeks ago
Oh my god! All the deer are so cute! They are free here. You got to spend a day in here, to feel this connection between deer and this city. I just wish that I could live here!