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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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  • The Nara Park is a must-go attraction when travelling in Nara. Here you can find dozens of deers trying to search food from you when you are walking around the park. You can also purchase the “Deer Bi...  more »
  • Loved the Nara Park. It was one of my favorite attractions of Japan. Very easy to get ... at the station have found a place where information tell us the number of the bus and the point, which was soon in front. When we got off the bus we spotted many deer, which are very cute and Nice. I was also surprised at the cleanliness of the place, that even with many loose animals is impeccable. The Park is beautiful and very well structured to tourists, as all Japan.
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  • Absolutely loved this park, some beautiful temples to see on its grounds, but what makes this place so magical, is the thousand semi wild deer that roam here. You can buy a pack of deer biscuits for 1...  more »
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  • Nara and its dears. Hundreds dears in this park that are not scared of people. The only problem is that some tourists are taking too much confidence with them and not respecting them. And they are too much fed by the people as well. But still a good example of a good natural park.
  • What a great place to spend an afternoon. It's a beautiful park, the scenery and history is wonderful, and being able to feed the bowing deer is a lot of fun.
  • Lots of deer. They're pretty fun. They nip at you (gently) in the butt if you have snacks, because they want some. They also bow to you to ask for treats. Pretty fun experience, great for kids.
  • A really special experience, as this is most likely your one chance in life to get this up close and personal with deers. Keep in mind that they're wild animals still, so don't expect a petting zoo. Also be careful if you buy the deer "cookies" as the deers can get quite clingy once they notice you have them and my fiancee got a nice little love bite due to this. That said, amazing experience and I'm really glad I got a chance to visit.
  • Great day trip from Osaka or Kyoto, but I'd highly recommend making your way past the tourist crowds and into the Petrified Forest. Just past the Toda Ji temple is the road heading to Mt Wakakusa. Beautiful, quiet, and peaceful. Takes about an hour to reach the summit with great views over the town below.