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Nara Park, Nara

Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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4.6/5 based on 2,800+ reviews on the web
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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  • With the exception of the great Buddha Temple, seems that Nara Park is overrated. Many people and got too tame deer, but ride is nice. And you find people local outfits
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  • In August it was extremely hot and there wasn't too much shade, so take an umbrella with you. The deer are fun and friendly, although some are a bit pushy and will nibble your clothes and bags until y...  read more »
  • I really enjoyed this park , deer everywhere , very friendly love getting wafers from you .Then over to the big Buddha. what a building and the enormity of big Buddha.Nara is very nice also with littl...  read more »
  • Its so much fun being around all of the roaming deer. One can buy deer food for ¥150 in various places to feed them, but they often get very excited and may crowd around you, sometimes nipping at you for food. I would not recommend letting a small child feed the deer. For people inclined to nature there is a stunning conservatory hidden away in the park that I highly recommend, admission is ¥500 and took me about 1.5 hours to get through in the rain.
  • The park is well shaded with lots of trees. Deer are ubiquitous in the park and you can buy special deer rice crackers (oil free and healthy for deer) at a couple of stands to feed them (150 yen for a stack of 5-6 pieces). Pace yourself when feeding deer as they sometimes come together in small groups. Also, be careful when you put deer rice crackers in your bag as the deer can sometimes smell them and chase you down. :) Simply put your empty hands in the air as a signal to the deer that you're out of their food and they'll leave you alone. Most deer will bow to you for food if you start bowing to them. Really special experience to get so close to the beautiful deer in such a serene park!
  • Definitely a place you have to visit while in Kyoto. You can wander around the park and buy snacks to feed deer or tour the temples and shrines nearby. Our favorite was the Todaiji Temple! Watch out though, some of the deer can nip you if you don't give them treats!
  • This place was beyond words for me. I have never experienced anything like it - feeding wild animals by hand and being surrounded by a beautiful sprawling park in all directions. Small shrines are tucked here and there, a river cuts through areas and is crossed by small bridges, and of course - there are deer. The deer, are incredible. I don't know why so many people ran from them - they want the small crackers sold at the kiosks around the park. If you have crackers in your hands, they will follow - it's no mystery. Protip: Feed them, or hide the crackers. Not hard to do. And if you're done, offer them your empty hands. They'll sniff, look at you, and leave. Simple stuff. If you don't feel something spiritual at this place - I don't know what to tell you. It's simply incredible and a major highlight of our two week in country. Enjoy - and be nice to the deer.
  • During my trip to japan, theres only 2 places I absolutely loved. This is one of them. Would recommended buying crackers for the deers and give half a cracker per deer. If you give them less, they will get mad and start head butting you and bitting on your cloathing. Careful with the children.
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