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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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  • Truly out of this world. When you bow to the deer, the deer bow back. There is really nothing like it in the entire world. The park itself has upwards of 1200 deer, and they're as polite as they are f...  more »
  • We visited on a Wednesday. Still a crowd there as there were several school groups visiting. The crowd thins as you walk away from the Kintetsu Nara station, which is more pleasant. Beware of the aggr...  more »
  • If you want to see everything in Nara, allot a whole day. If you plan to take good pictures, allot 2 days and visit really early. We only had a few hours so we chose to see the 5-story pagoda, Todai-j...  more »
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  • 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.
  • There are numerous deer here. You can buy special crackers (pretty reasonable) and feed it to them. They'll actually bow down to you before taking the cracker. At the same time, beware! The deer might creep up from behind you asking you for more food! But there's no reason to worry, the deer don't hurt. Try out the crushed ice beverage here (recommended with cream). The ice creams are also really good. A great place to take a stroll and to do some Japanese souvenir shopping at affordable prices.
  • Lovely gardens, tame deer that approach you . You are able to have buy dear biscuits to feed them. Within the park there are shrines. We rented bikes and went round the park. It did rain a bit and we sought cover in the information centre, which was actually good fun. We were taught some calligraphy and origami. There were also other games and dress up activities that would have been fun for kids
  • The deer here are so adorable and cute. Though careful when you have wages I had a big one try to go through my legs just to get one of the crackers. It's a great Park also, it's just the deer are the main attraction.
  • Gorgeous park with some of the most incredible historical monuments I've ever seen, anywhere. Also, the free-roaming deer are delightful. They tried to eat my coat and shopping bags but I still love them.