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Nara Park, Nara

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#1 of 535 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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  • Very beautiful park in downtown Nara. We’re on tour in Japan and stopped here before travelling on to Osaka. A lot to see and enjoy and a welcome break during your trip  more »
  • NARA is a not very big, but really beautiful city where you will find a lot of huge green areas The Nara Park is the main one, and is a huge park, where you will find beautiful vegetation, in addition to plan them a deer. To walk around and enjoy!
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  • Came with an elderly and a preschooler. It was a nice time in Spring, walking around in comfortable weather where it’s cooling and slightly sunny in May. The elderly who came with me can’t climb steps...  more »
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  • Well worth the visit as Nara is a lovely town. Beware of the deer ... the do bite when the get excitable! Buy biscuits from any of the vendors (¥150 per pack). Make sure younger children are fully supervised as the deer although apparently tame are wild. Easy to get to from Kyoto (use the Nara line front Kyoto Central Station). There are plenty of shops selling all sorts of goods and as usual there are plenty of temples and shrines to visit.
  • Beautiful park. The Great Budda is quite a sight. And the deer are incredibly tame and friendly, although may playfully nip at you. Cherry trees in abundance. Easy to reach on the JR West (covered by the JR rail pass) in about half an hour. If you only want to see the main sights and park, you only need half a day. If you want to shop and see more of Nara then allow a whole day.
  • Nice park, deer look happy, they only get at you if you get food out, or run around waving your hands about like most of the scared women seem to. Not sure how good for them the biscuits you can buy are for them but they seem to like them. Gets very busy with tourists at times but there are quiet parts with deer too.
  • Nara is pretty much exactly what you've heard. Numerous fearless, hungry deer wanting crackers. But it's also an expansive park, with hiking trails, temples, mountains, with the city just a short walk away. It can be very busy, especially from the city leading up to the first couple of deer gathering spots. But keep going in and the crowds die down, then you can enjoy the nature. And still feed deer. There's always more deer. Highly recommended you make a day trip to Nara if you're in Osaka, or Kyoto.
  • A very relaxing place where you can soak in the amazing surroundings. There are plenty of things to see in this park, it is up to you how long you wish to walk around. But I spent a good few hours walking around here! The deer are very friendly but watch your fingers when feeding them the biscuits you can buy from a vendor! They will also bow for you if you bow before giving them a biscuit, so be sure to give that a try.
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