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  • Dove B
    114 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see in Nara
    Like most things touristy, keep your expectations realistic and it will be fun. It took hours on a train to get there, and I would ride for hours again. Many of us have deer locally, but it is an interesting sight to see a park full of them. Especially when they have zero fear of you, and actually approach you and allow you to touch them. Many of them will "bow" especially the older ones, the younger ones often just nod their head, as they have learned that is expected of them before you feed them cookies available for sale. As a parent, keep in mind they do have ticks so plan on washing and sanitizing your kiddos hands after touching. My son pulled a tick off his leg and he had opted not to pet them at all. Deer appropriate cookies are available from the vendors at the entrance and are quite cheap. and are the preferred treat to give the deer.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 July 2023
  • Chris R
    24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feed the bowing deer
    Feeding the deer in an open setting was very enjoyable and something different from most of the cultural activities we participated in. The experience of them bowing in appreciation of the food is what made it remarkable. Our teenage girls had a great time. Nara is about the same distance from Osaka and Kyoto so we returned from Osaka to Kyoto via Nara. We used the JR Yamatoji Rapid train service. The five story pagoda (Kofukuji Temple) is nearby and very famous. There are good souvenir stores at the park which is useful since we did not find many on our travels
    Visited June 2023
    Written 28 July 2023
  • ezen2018
    Johor Bahru, Malaysia252 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Naughty deer
    Visited this park many times. The deer are quite smart and used to visitors. Once you bought the cookies, they will follow you. They never give up. Unfortunately, the moment the last piece of cookies gone, they leave. Be fast if you want to take pictures. Enjoy their company, seeing them roaming freely is beautiful. You may touch them as they are quite tame. Remember to visit during winter cos less visitors means they get less cookies. They even gather and wait for visitors at the entrance.
    Visited November 2022
    Written 8 August 2023
  • Jacqui F
    London, United Kingdom310 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great park containing amazing temple and a lot of deer
    If you like deer, this is the place for you. It’s teeming with them. The trick is more about avoiding them, especially if you have any food on you. Accessed by train from Kyoto, the park is the home to the Todai-ji, a spectacular temple at the heart of the park. Be careful which train you get on though. Some are more expensive than others. Best to ask at the ticket office to be sure if you are on a budget. Once there, you can buy deer crackers for 200 Yen a bag on the main path up to the temple but be prepared to be mobbed by four-legged friends as soon as you’ve taken possession of the food. When in doubt, run away and sprinkle shards of cracker behind you. In August, the park puts on the magical Tokae Lantern festival, with thousands of candle lanterns placed around the park and town. It happens every year so do find out if it in on when you are there if you are going in August.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 28 August 2023
  • CATraveler1970s
    Los Angeles, California57 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highly recommend
    We came as a day trip from Kyoto (45 min away) . Cannot express how amazing it was to come and see the temple and the deer - I only wish it wasn’t sweltering hot to be able to walk around more and see other temples in the park. We must’ve bought a dozen deer crackers and we could’ve stayed to buy a dozen more!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 September 2023
  • Andy T
    Perth, Australia55 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spend a day here
    It was amazing and blew away my expectations, the park is huge, beautiful, and of course the deer are very friendly! It was hilarious seeing them chase other tourists. A must visit location in Japan. We spent a night here but it seems like everyone just visits during the day - it was very busy until about 5PM, and once the food vendors and tourists had disappeared, the deer also retreated off into the forests nearby. The place was almost eerily quiet at night.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 September 2023
  • Yenny
    27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Japanese deer is so polite, kawaiiii 🤗
    Went here randomly, just want to see the famous Nara's symbol (the deer). Bought some deer crackers for ¥200, feed them, and suddenly realize that they can bow after we feed them. So cute... The Japanese are so polite, the people and the deer too 😄
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 September 2023
  • Khannh N
    Santa Ana, California23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Deer Park Nara is very nice and well maintained. The deer could be aggressive - one of them pulled on my shirt
    The park has deer roam around. You can feed them with cookies that can be bought at local carts at park entrance. I really enjoy the temple inside the park. Go early to avoid the crowd
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 15 September 2023
  • Cfan41
    Sydney, Australia106 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Surprisingly good
    Ok so I have to be honest, I did not actually want to go here to look at wild deer. But actually it was a really cool day trip from Osaka. It was about a 30min train ride from Osaka and then a 10 minute walk from the train station. So yes it was easy to get too. There were ALOT of deer and they were very charming. But there is also a UNESCO World Heritage site, which was very cool - and the deer were kind of just wondering around it. In the end it was a trip highlight and really worth doing, also feeding the deer with the deer crackers was fun.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 September 2023
  • Ikomasan
    Ikoma, Japan143 contributions
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    Feed a Nara Deer and open your smilig heart!
    The Deer are back and as hungry as ever. I have spent many hours watching the deer and the people who feed them. As the deer approaches there is a tenseness in the person. But then the deer gently take the food and the persons heart opens and they have the biggest smile. Of course you need to be sure that you get a friendly deer but they seem to know who can deal with them. There are plenty of places to buy deer food and the deer seem to have look outs to watch when you buy it. Be aware of purses, cots and skirts, if these are avaiiable they may try to take a bite of them. Like all animals deer can have disease so be sure to properly wash your hands after feeding them. When people talk about Nara this is always near the top of their list.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 29 September 2023
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71emma
Kuching, Malaysia532 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We had the 7-day JR Pass and took the Yamatoji Line from Tennoji Station to Nara Station.
It was a fair distance to Nara Park, so we opted for the Nara city Loop Bus, 1-day pass, which was a good decision, for 500y. You'll need to wait at Bus stop No.2. Walk out of Nara Station building and seek the locals' advice on where Bus stop No.2 is located. They'd be most willing to guide you.
There was a long queue, but it moved fast. The bus dropped us at Nara Park, which was so convenient.
We saw lots of deers roaming around. A few approached us leisurely. One, in particular, came up to us and began to sniff at our bags and pushed his nose against our bodies! One of my sisters was squealing in fright.
We didn't buy any crackers to feed them because we had the earlier experience at Miyajima Island, where they more you feed them, the more aggressive they become.
There were many people around, taking pics, and patting the deers. They seemed very tame here.
It was drizzling, the ground was wet and we had to use umbrellas. After taking some satisfactory pictures, we decided to take the city loop bus to see the rest of Nara city, while the younger ones in our group continued on to visit Todaiji Temple.
Written 5 February 2020
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Rafflesia
Perth, Australia723 contributions
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Jan 2020
Visited the park in mid Jan and was charged 200 yen for deer biscuits. Although wild, the deers are so used to Humans they almost seem docile, just minding their own business in this protected park. Animal instincts kick in when it comes to feeding with some, so conditioned, they have learn to bow for their treats.
Just a tip, if you get tired from walking, a one way or one stop bus trip to both the train stations cost 220 yen. Although the JR passes are not valid with regards to bus use, those with Suica or ic cards can use them. Allocate between 3 to 4 hours to visit this attraction. Its a beautiful place.
Written 13 January 2020
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Siddharth B
Seattle, WA545 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Nara Park is not a specific location. Asking where to find deer in Nara is like asking where can you find water in the Pacific. They’re literally everywhere in the temples complex. Just go to Todai-ji temple and the entrance is filled with deers trying to come and lick you. The park adjacent to it and covering a large part of Nara city’s central area is full of deers. You can feed them if you wish. There are many hawkers selling deer snacks for 100 yen, and giving them snacks causes them to congregate. You don’t necessarily need to walk in this park to enjoy feeding the deers, it’s just a very nice preserved attraction by the city of Nara to enjoy time with these cute animals.
Written 7 January 2020
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NICHOLAS T
Dubai, United Arab Emirates9,518 contributions
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Feb 2020 • Couples
One does not need to worry about a deer encounter when visiting Nara Park, there are literally hundreds of them wandering around.

Most of them are primarily interesting in extracting deer biscuits from guests, packets of which can be purchased for 200 Yen a time. The deer bow when
Approaching visitors to hope to persuade them to give them a biscuit.

It is very endearing although it can be slightly tense when multiple deer surround you and you are running out of biscuits!

There are warning signs about the usual dangers of wild animals but the deer were encountered were very friendly.

The park is dotted with various shrines, temples and ponds and a few hours can easily be passed exploring.

A unique and awesome experience.
Written 20 February 2020
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Pati C
Brighton, UK27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Nara Park is a must to see and it's huge. Been there last month and the different colors and shapes of the trees and leafs are just simply unique, so as the view. If you go when there is not a big crowd, then even better because you can enjoy the peacefulness of the park.
Plenty of cute deers that you can feed. There are local people selling the proper snack so you can feed the deers and it's pretty cheap and reminds me a thin smelly waffle. But 1st do show respect and do a small bow to the deers before you feed them. They will do the same. It's amazing and fun!!
There are signs as well, to be careful with them as even though they are cute, you can't forget that they are wild animals and walk freely.

Probably I don't have to write it, but ....Please do respect this beautiful place and don't trow any of your garbage on the floor as the deer might eat it and you will be spoiling a beautiful place.
Better take a little bag for your garbage and then bin. I took a plastic bag from a deer's mouth, that was trying to eat it. Not cool.
Written 10 January 2020
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Sam Ton
Toronto, Canada18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I came here in January 2020 with my girlfriend, and Nara was on our list just for the Deer, we didn't go anywhere else(although we probably should have). you can feed the Deer crackers that you can buy from vendors that cost about 200 yen a pack. Be careful though, they can disappear really quick! my advice is to break them in pieces so that you get more. There were a lot of tourists when we went. but there were plenty of deer just hanging around so you can easily get a deer to yourself... or 10. i would recommend this place to anyone staying close by!
Written 17 February 2020
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GoGo2SlowGo
Denton, TX1,471 contributions
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Apr 2019
You might come to Nara to see the Todaiji temple and it's well worth it. You start by entering Nara Park and you can't miss the deer.
They are incredibly tame and will bow their heads for you in anticipation of getting a piece of a deer biscuit that you can purchase onsite. I know you think they might bite but they just want the food. However, they will nibble at your pockets or purse or anywhere you might have stored the biscuits. Nara Deer are hungry, and this is not their first rodeo. They’ve seen tourists like you come and go all day. The deer want you to get to the important part of your tour. Please feed me!
In most cases, the deer will bow their head and indicate they wouldn’t mind a bit of cake. The problem comes from the herd mentality and when there is cake, more deer will join you. I had deer nipping at my jacket and my pants pockets. I had to show my open palms when I was done with deer biscuits so the deer could look for other sources of food!

Written 20 February 2020
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Rrrrrrwtstw
Singapore, Singapore224 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Solo
Nearest station is Nara then take bus number 2(get of at todaji temple) which cost 220 yen then walk 300 meter otherwise walk 1.5km from train station. Suggest to take bus there then walk back when finish as after that can enjoy the stroll and look around the area which have quite a number of food and shopping options. Advise to bring a small plastic bag/trash bag so when you brought the biscuits to feed the deer(200 yen) you can open up the packaging then pour everything in and hide inside your pocket otherwise there a chance of clothes being bitten(saliva), head butt and swarm by a crowd of deer.
Written 12 February 2023
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Olivia L
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
Kids love trying to feed the deer. They’re so overfed that amongst the dozens of deer at the front of the park, it took half an hour to find deer that would eat all the biscuits we bought.

There are plenty of deer inside as well so you can hold onto the biscuits and feed the more hungry ones inside.

We saw a man standing in front of 3 deer. He bowed and they bowed back in return for treats. It was very cute! My kids tried it later with some other deer and it worked!
Written 7 January 2020
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Srikanth
Toronto, Canada54 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 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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