Nara Park

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Louie Boracay
Boracay, Philippines100 contributions
I love the deer of Nora
Oct 2020 • Couples
This experience is so memorable I’m so happy to see the the deer of NARA you can feed them buy cookies and atmosphere is so good. You can see a lot of tourist you can also visit the museum and there are cafés and restaurants around.
Written 1 September 2021
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Srikanth
Toronto, Canada54 contributions
A pleasant day trip from Kyoto
Sep 2020
Nara deer park is definitely worth doing if you are visiting Kyoto.
Just plan a full day trip if you can afford and you can not just stop at the deer park and go into the town on a bus to experience even more temples with lot less crowds.
Visited Oct2018
Written 21 August 2021
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Katie Z
10 contributions
Surreally Beautiful
Aug 2021
Nara Park - particularly the more out of the way bits - is like something from a fairy tale (or maybe a Studio Ghibli film). The natural beauty is stunning, the temples and shrines throughout the park are breathtaking, and the semi-tame wild deer will come right up and say hello. There are also places around the area where you can buy special crackers to feed the deer, which is quite fun, although you should be prepared for them to go from docile to quite pushy very quickly once they see that you’re holding their favorite snack. I got head-butted by a particularly assertive buck, but totally worth it in my opinion.
Written 19 August 2021
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Vicky Silve
Abbadia Lariana, Italy288 contributions
Deers rule here! And keep your snacks safe!
Oct 2020
Who has never heard about Nara Park and its holy deers? They are the supreme leaders and rules of this park, they will gather around you begging for food, but be careful, they are able to “pickpocket” you as well! Deers are sacred in Japan, as they’re considered as gods’ messengers; that’s why Japanese people don’t eat deer meat.
Written 30 June 2021
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Lance Kerwin
Tromso, Norway614 contributions
Nara Park
Feb 2020
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.
Written 16 January 2021
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ラマ ラゼンダラ
Kyoto, Japan50 contributions
Beautiful park
Nov 2020 • Couples
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 temple name is Todaiji you can search also google it’s so beautiful temple I love really this both place ....
Written 11 November 2020
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CanuckJames
Nishinomiya, Japan947 contributions
Hungry deer everywhere!!!!
Oct 2020
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 deer cookies for 200 yen per pack at many places around the park. (It is actually just round-shaped dried grass cakes.)

You can feed them. I was bitten(not painful), licked, head-butted(startling), snuggled, cooed at, followed for blocks, totally surrounded by fawns, stags, and does.

They are one photo opportunity after another.

There are many paths inside the park that leads to many of Nara's main tourist attractions. Just be careful not to walk on top of all the deer droppings.

Wife and I just couldn't get enough of the deer.

We would be willing to travel back to Nara to enjoy interacting with the deer again.
Written 22 October 2020
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Elisabethmh
Oslo, Norway566 contributions
100% Cuteness
Nov 2019
Nara is a small town on a Japaneese scale with just over 360 000 inhabitants, 40 minutes by train from Osaka. The city was Japan's first capital under the name Heijo-Kyō and 8 of the city's temples are today on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Nara Park. Where do I start! The park was established in 1880 and is one of Japan's oldest parks. The park houses several major attractions such as Todaiji Temple and Kasuga Taisha Shrine. Well over 1000 fallow deer also live here! In ancient times the deer was seen as saints and as helpers for the Gods and were well taken care of. They are still well taken care of. The fallow deers in Nara Park are wild and completely able to find food on their own. But, you can buy special fallow biscuits (shika senbei) to feed them if you want. The foundation that organizes this donates the profit to take care of the deers in the park. Many of the deers have learned to bow to ask for biscuits and they are just so incredible cute. The park itself is beautful and I can highly reccomend to spend 2-4 hours in the park - especially if you love fallow deers as much as I do :-)
Written 5 October 2020
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Rumples
Tucson, AZ10,912 contributions
Filled With Deer and People
Oct 2019
We came here first on a day-trip from Kyoto to see the hundreds of tame, free-roaming deer before proceeding to some of the temples located in the 1,600-acre park and elsewhere. A huge grassy area, covered by countless sika deer and a mob of visitors greeted us. Many people had stopped at vendors, who sell special rice crackers to feed the animals, which are protected with "national treasure" status in Japan.

I thought they were real pests, pushing me and others from behind and sticking noses in pockets, demanding treats. One bit my tote bag but did not put a hole in it. As I had nothing to offer, they moved on quickly. Some became aggressive with those, who teased them with a treat and then withheld it. Sometimes, a group of deer would chase one or two visitors for handouts. Many of the animals allowed themselves to be petted and stood quietly for photos. Children seemed to be quite excited about being so close to the deer, laughing and stroking them. When the deer got tired of the attention and had consumed enough food, they would stride off or take a rest, many choosing a ditch at the side of a road for a respite.

We stopped in this part of the park, because one of my friends had not been here before and was curious about the deer. Less than 10 minutes and she was ready to move on with us to the Todaiji Temple and Isuien Garden, two more of the attractions in the park. My rating is for the deer area.
Written 26 September 2020
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Safariholic
Horsham, UK1,931 contributions
Extraordinary Park to visit - Unique even
Oct 2019
Caught the Train up here from Osaka and walked from JR Nara Station - almost directly due East - up a wide quite modern Avenue, then past the 3-Storye Pagoda, the Kofukuji Temple, then the 5-Storey Pagoda, then came to the Park.

I was not ready for the Herds of Bowing (sic) Deer, hundreds of people feeding them and hawkers selling packets of Deer Pellets. Apparently they are sacred (hence all the 'bowingb - it's done by people, not Deer), so everything is tolerated and they (the Deer) know it. They also stick their cute noses everywhere trying to find something else to eat, so after the novelty wears-off, and you have the cute shot, they are a darned pest and one has to look where one treads, as despite the sweepers best efforts, they produce more than anyone had bargained-for.

There are some shrines, pagodas and temples for good measure, but all were mobbed by people, deer, tourists and School Groups on Tours - the Japanese love organised Tours.

It will take a while to get round, due to the Deer, Mob of people and Entrance Queues.
Written 12 September 2020
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