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Nara Park, Nara

4.5
#1 of 602 in Wildlife in Japan
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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  • A lovely park with loads of friendly deer roaming around looking for deer biscuits. Vendors sell biscuits that is approved for feeding deer ¥200. Do keep belongings safe/guarded and please act respons...  more »
  • The park, great, is full of deer that roam at your leisure. You can buy some rice crackers and feed them, but you don't get them off your back. Inside is the wonderful Toda-ji temple and other smaller, but also very beautiful temples.
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  • Deer are friendly, sometimes a bit too friendly. Make sure you hide your stack of deer cookies (vendors sell them all over the park) while you feed the deer or they will go for the whole stack.
  • Came here 3 years ago, still beautiful as always. A must if you drop by Kyoto, it cost only 1300 yen and it's worth it.
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