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Nara Park, Nara

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Take a stroll among verdant trees and peaceful shrines of Nara Park, established in 1880. The park shelters relatively tame herds of sika deer, free to roam the lawns and gardens at will. Wander through groves of willows and cherry trees to spot picturesque ponds and admire numerous temples sprinkled throughout the park. The deer, although friendly, occasionally exhibit aggressive behavior in the presence of food--if you wish to feed them, purchase some rice crackers and keep your snacks away from their sight. Plan your Nara Park visit and explore what else you can see and do in Nara using our Nara travel itinerary maker.
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  • A very busy park. We visited beginning of April. It was a lovely warm day and the blossom was coming out. Deer everywhere, some friendlier than others so beware. They like to look in your bags so don'...  more »
  • Nov2016. Nice open park. Some areas with tree shade. The deer roam freely on the park (ie. no enclosure). The deer here will approach you with apprehension if you offer food. You can try petting them ...  more »
  • With very very high expectation ... the first disappointment we encountered was that the shuttle bus service would be delayed and we were advised to walk to the Park. We bought a lot of deer biscuits ...  more »
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  • Beautiful park at the heart of Nara. Very touristy, however the further you go, the less people there will be. There are various temples up the hill that you can visit, so don't miss out. In the summer there are music festivals in the park as well. We accidentally stumbled upon an Oktoberfest celebration in June and it was great getting in the mix of the locals and enjoy some imported German beer.
  • This place is awesome. We had a great time walking around the park, the recommended walk is very pretty, and of course, there are deer everywhere! You can buy deer crackers for 150, and the deer are incredibly friendly and playful. They do give you little nudges or nibbles to remind you to feed them!
  • Very beautiful and a nice place for a day tour from Okayama. Make sure to walk around the whole park and see the different temples and shrines and buildings. A bit of a walk if its warm, but worth it. There are busses from the station though.
  • Very interesting experience as you can get up close to the deer and feed them. That's definitely the highlight of the place, however after you run out of food there isn't much to do other than admire the deer. Also a good place to purchase souvenirs.
  • This park is so cool! Deer will walk straight up to you! You can pet them, feed them, hug them, pose for photos, and more! Just be careful because they are technically still wild animals. Overall it was a very cool and unique experience.

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Where to stay in Nara

The historic city of Nara has a welcome number of accommodations for an urban area of its importance and popularity. Close to the main train station stand the main high-rise hotels in the city, all towering over the commercial and modern district that greets train travelers on arrival. To the east, things get a little more luxurious, with hotels close to Nara Park particularly well-appointed and rich in additional facilities. Standard hotels stand in a cluster to the southeast of the old palace ruins, while a number of pleasant, no-frills guesthouses can be found in the residential suburbs.
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