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
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.
5.03 weeks ago
So fun and a must go for first time tourist. Recommended going in the morning or else the park is flocked with tourists by noon. There are heaps of stalls to buy the food to feed the deer but careful, they can get aggressive and a herd will follow you.
5.02 weeks ago
Be careful when feeding the deer they will try to get into your things. The will leave you alone if you don't have any food.
5.0a month ago
Wild deer that appear perfectly tamed in a park which is open to them and to us. That is Japan’s NARA PARK. You walk behind the deer or the deer tries to shoo you off ….both ways, you get to be near them. It is fun as long as you do not get into their path. So many of them spread so far that initially you feel a bit hesitant to move forward, but then, just stand still and don’t show any fear… they’ll slowly come near you and behind you and in front of you. And you get surrounded by beautiful, healthy deer. One of a kind experience in life.
Did you know that in Shinto, the deer are considered to be messengers of God? And it seems there are more than 1200 deer in that park. Amazing. You can purchase deer crackers from there and feed the deer too.
4.02 weeks ago
Quite a big park with over 1000 deer living and walking freely there. They will eat anything in your hand. Anything. Even entry tickets....... So be a little careful of what you have in your hands. 😂.