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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5.05 months ago
Perfect location for a day out, large walking paths with beautiful temples to visit, and the polite deer that bow for a snack are an experience worth the visit. Beware of them sneaking up on you though! As the signs on site indicate the deer are still wild animals and should be treated with the appropriate respect when interacted with.
4.02 weeks ago
Beautiful park filled with deer. You can feed them but have to be little careful since it may be bit aggressive. Also its lovely to see the deer bowing towards the visitors
5.04 months ago
This is an enchanting place to say the least, steeped in history and tradition. You could easily spend a day or two here wandering around the vicinity. The deer are very friendly!
5.07 months 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.
5.08 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.