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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. 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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  • This park is really worth to visit. There are many temples to see, nice environment to walk and the deers...omg the deers. It was one of the weirdest experiences to be this close to so many of them. B...  more »
  • To be honest, and in terms of heat, visit, or rather the ride in the Park, allowed us to enjoy a bit of shade, and spare us a Sun weather and 37 degrees advertised. There is a park, nothing special actually.
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  • Nara park is really a place being worth of visiting. One can easily spend several hours there, half a day is good recommendation. There are about 1200 almost tame deers, which live in the park. The de...  more »
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  • Great experience with some cool critters. Treats are like 200-300 yen, if I recall correctly. The deer can get aggressive so don't be afraid to manhandle them for it. Slap them away and be stern, then ration out the crackers in halves to your chosen deer guardians, they'll follow you for ages this way. Now go forth and be The Chosen One. Amass your deer army and storm the temple.
  • I love that there are little stalls all over to purchase crackers for the deer. The gift shops and food stalls get busy, but even through all the hustle and bustle its still lovely. There are quieter areas, but if you have kids this is perfect.
  • It's fun site for family, the deer are so used to people feeding and advice you bring white bread and wear old clothing as they will bite and pull your clothing asking for food. Suggest you hide the food and feed only small portion. Hold the feed high up and they will bows before you till you feed. They will move away once you run out of food. So keep for more inside the park.
  • The famous deer park in Nara. The deer, which are believed to be holy messengers, are allowed to roam around freely. Visitors can buy deer biscuits (feed) at 150 yen. They will swarm around you so try to feed when you see one or two instead of the entire herd. 😂 They are quite tame. Children will like them a lot! And yes, they do bow!
  • Awesome experience seeing the deer and feeding them. Never seen anything like this in my life, deer so calm and relaxed while surrounded by traffic and people. Warning!! if you choose to feed the deer, they will swarm you, hounding you relentlessly even nibbling on your clothing. Highly recommended if in the Nara area!!
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