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Nara Park, Nara

4.5
#1 of 600 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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  • Pictures and travellers' accounts don't lie, you can feed the wild deer which roam the area. But kindly buy the proper deer food being sold by vendors to make sure the animals remain safe. The park is...  more »
  • It is one of the best highlights of my Japan trip. You have to stay at Nara Park half day or whole day to enjoy the deer. Beware of those deers with horns as they will run into you if they see you hav...  more »
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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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