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Nara Park, Nara

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#1 of 598 in Wildlife in Japan
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. Nara Park is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our international travel planner, Nara Edition.
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  • NARA seems all a park and is a popular Park and because inside or in the immediate vicinity there are many attractions (temples and museums) but also because there are countless deer that inhabit it, not at all fearful because accustomed to human and then let themselves get closer and caress and feed; until today I had seen so many animals only in the American Prairies, but with completely different situations and types of animals; an attraction is indispensable to put in your travel schedule.
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  • They are filled with deer was instead fell hung there. Lol a friendly deer a lot of temptations come up really close and clean! I think I'll buy the bait now!
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  • Deer surprised many, as well as the Park was coming out to the outside. Bad coat of deer this season, there were a lot of deer hair is missing.
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  • Wild deer roaming around, just be careful if you get the deer food as they will swarm you and tug on your clothes till you feed them. The temple is a great sight. Well worth the visit.
  • The deer are super friendly and cute. The snacks to feed them are cheap, and they definitely make all the deer come to you. Getting here is really easy, there is a bus from Nara station, and the train ride itself is not that long from Osaka.
  • 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.
  • Loved this place! Don't have much time to explore the whole park. Should visit the park during autumn. Buy food deer and feed the deer. Bow a bit to the deer and she will bow back to you :)
  • I went in the winter, there were many deer around, bought cookies for the deer for 150 yen. The deer will bow when you feed them if you bow too. The deer are quite friendly, if they see you have cookies they will swarm you. Be careful where you step. There are many small rest stops along the park, I bought some sushi for ~900 yen.
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