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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. PutNara Park into our Nara trip builder tool and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Nara Park is a very beautifull park with an abundance of reindeers. I've been here many times and it is a must to visit. Especially during autumn season.  more »
  • It’s really beautiful park in Nara prefecture. In side the park you can see so many deers. And park is specious. And there is also big Buddhist temple which temple was made but biggest trees that’s...  more »
  • Awesome!!! Just awesome!!! The highlight of our trip to Nara. Due to Coronavirus, Nara is bereft of tourists. The deer are hungry!!!! In Nara Park, they are everywhere. You can purchase...  more »
  • Perfect location for a day out, large walking paths with beautiful temples to visit, and the polite deer that bow for a snack are an experience worth the visit. Beware of them sneaking up on you though! As the signs on site indicate the deer are still wild animals and should be treated with the appropriate respect when interacted with.
  • This is an enchanting place to say the least, steeped in history and tradition. You could easily spend a day or two here wandering around the vicinity. The deer are very friendly!
  • Incredible Park. The best one I have ever visited. That’s was so stunning walking around deer and feed them. They are so friendly, if you feed them, of course. Because if you don’t, and you do have the food, you can be attacked😅 Cool vibes. Don't forget to buy crackers to feed deer. You can buy it in the entrance or in some places in the park.
  • Really cool (yet touristy) place to visit. But if you're in a mood to see a bunch of deer, this place is awesome. There are people who sell crackers for the deer and be sure to bow to the deer before feeding them. It's only a short walk from the main train station in Nara.
  • Amazing experience and unique attraction in Nara. This is a must-go when you visit Nara. Keep in mind that you will do a lot of steps and walks in a big acres of place. So wearing a comfortable shoes is highly recommended.

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