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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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  • It's took about 15-25 min from Nara station by walking. Cross the street and go straight,along the way have many shops. Local said deer is hiding because of chill weather (6°) on that day,but we manag...  more »
  • It's the largest park in Nara and one of the oldest in Japan. Within its more than 1200 acres are also many of the key historical, religious and cultural institutions of Nara like the Tōdai-ji Temple ...  more »
  • 美不勝收的鹿公園。11月或12月初造訪可以看到滿滿的楓葉。非常空曠讓人心曠神怡的公園加上超萌的鹿,建議租上一台腳踏車到處遊走,輕鬆又自在。 
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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.