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
Grass was dead in the middle the winter, park looked bit sad, but the deers were there all right, all 5000 of them. A 150 yen pack of crackers made us popular with the deer.
4.03 weeks ago
It's a cool place. We went at night and it was pretty empty we just chilled near the deer and they just kinda just stared at us. A unique experience for sure
5.0a week ago
We loved the deer and feeding them. There were so much deer! It's fun and a little scary feeding them because they all come to you. The park was nice with the temple nearby. Very interesting!
5.02 weeks ago
Fun place to explore. Easy, yet semi far, walk from the train station. You can enjoy the park strictly sight seeing without feeding the deer.
5.02 weeks ago
It was amazing feeding the dear. They politely bowed and waited to be fed. The temple are stunning to witness in person. No photo could ever do justice to their beauty and scale. Our experiences in Kyoto and the surrounding area have far surpassed any experience in Tokyo.