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.
5.0a week ago
Sublime historical park. The temples are majestic. Nature is green. The fallow deer are at large and have become familiar with the man. You can give them cakes (buckwheat?) for sale by small street vendors. Very relaxing spiritual atmosphere.
5.0in the last week
Lots of deer, lots of smells, many kids running in fear from soft innocent animals, if your a street photographer this place is golden. Oh also there's a cool temple with a massive Buddha to check out. Just remember there will be lots and lots of walking.
5.03 weeks ago
Lovely place. The wild deer will bow to you in return for a piece of cracker, which is sold at the venue. The worlds largest Buddha is just across the road. We were lucky to be visiting during Golden Week's holiday. So many families visiting. If you are at Kyoto looking for something to do, this might be for your.
5.0in the last week
Great to go with the kids, take advantage of the JR pass and go. Old ancient city. Capital of Japan in the 700s. Deer everywhere. A shrine in the background. Awesome. You can buy biscuits for the deer 150 yen
4.0a month ago
This was at the top of my list once we booked our Kyoto trip. It's about an hour train from Kyoto, so it is a bit of a trek, but it's worth it (FYI - it's also about in hour from Osaka so you can also use that as your jumping point). Once you get to Nara station, the park is another 15-20 minute walk. There's plenty to see along the way, including this shopping street with lots of food vendors, and the Kofukuji Temple. So if you are coming from one of these cities, you'll need to reserve at least half a day just between traveling, and leaving enough time to do everything.
You'll know when the park is nearby, because you'll see random deer roaming around. At the park entrances, they sell crackers for the deer for 150 yen. While there are plenty of deer, there are also plenty of tourists, meaning a lot of the deer that we came across seemed like they were pretty full, and didn't even take the crackers. But we did find a few who happily ate them, and even tried to look in our pockets for more. These deer are smart and crafty, so just be mindful of your belongings, and of where you're keeping the crackers.
Tip - if you bow to the deer, they will bow back and you should reward them with a cracker.
Highly recommend this as a day trip if you're staying in a neighboring city.