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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. PutNara Park into our Nara trip builder tool and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • We had a great time to had close encounter with Deers. They are tame even kids can them . Those deer also bows to you when you do the hand sign.  more »
  • 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.....  more »
  • Perfect location for a day out, large walking paths with beautiful temples to visit, and the polite deer that bow for a snack are an experience worth the visit. Beware of them sneaking up on you though! As the signs on site indicate the deer are still wild animals and should be treated with the appropriate respect when interacted with.
  • This is an enchanting place to say the least, steeped in history and tradition. You could easily spend a day or two here wandering around the vicinity. The deer are very friendly!

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