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Nara Park, Nara

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#1 of 390 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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  • Is actually unique to walk among deer that circulate freely. But I imagined somewhat differently. These were kinda bad and dirty and there was the cute bucks that I had in my mind. Acquainted with the world, when they saw someone eating something were behind him. Also the area smelled pretty bad. The Nara however is considered a Holy City and was once the capital of Japan even before the Edo.
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  • Kintetsu-NARA STA. walk to NARA Park, and in some places and resting deer, was slowly crossing the carriageway. I felt somehow stopped the flow of time and peacefully wait for cars passing by deer. Nara no high-rise buildings throughout the Park are covered with trees, views over Mount wakakusa, nature in the city seems and feels nice. We recommend walking.
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  • It gets very crowded here as this park is a very popular tourist attraction. We saw some tourists feeding the deers with biscuits. Once they started feeding, the deers follow them around.  more »
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  • Beautiful park at the heart of Nara. Very touristy, however the further you go, the less people there will be. There are various temples up the hill that you can visit, so don't miss out. In the summer there are music festivals in the park as well. We accidentally stumbled upon an Oktoberfest celebration in June and it was great getting in the mix of the locals and enjoy some imported German beer.
  • This place is awesome. We had a great time walking around the park, the recommended walk is very pretty, and of course, there are deer everywhere! You can buy deer crackers for 150, and the deer are incredibly friendly and playful. They do give you little nudges or nibbles to remind you to feed them!
  • Very beautiful and a nice place for a day tour from Okayama. Make sure to walk around the whole park and see the different temples and shrines and buildings. A bit of a walk if its warm, but worth it. There are busses from the station though.
  • Very interesting experience as you can get up close to the deer and feed them. That's definitely the highlight of the place, however after you run out of food there isn't much to do other than admire the deer. Also a good place to purchase souvenirs.
  • This park is so cool! Deer will walk straight up to you! You can pet them, feed them, hug them, pose for photos, and more! Just be careful because they are technically still wild animals. Overall it was a very cool and unique experience.

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Where to stay in Nara

The historic city of Nara has a welcome number of accommodations for an urban area of its importance and popularity. Close to the main train station stand the main high-rise hotels in the city, all towering over the commercial and modern district that greets train travelers on arrival. To the east, things get a little more luxurious, with hotels close to Nara Park particularly well-appointed and rich in additional facilities. Standard hotels stand in a cluster to the southeast of the old palace ruins, while a number of pleasant, no-frills guesthouses can be found in the residential suburbs.
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