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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. 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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  • NARA seems all a park and is a popular Park and because inside or in the immediate vicinity there are many attractions (temples and museums) but also because there are countless deer that inhabit it, not at all fearful because accustomed to human and then let themselves get closer and caress and feed; until today I had seen so many animals only in the American Prairies, but with completely different situations and types of animals; an attraction is indispensable to put in your travel schedule.
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  • They are filled with deer was instead fell hung there. Lol a friendly deer a lot of temptations come up really close and clean! I think I'll buy the bait now!
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  • Sublime historical park. The temples are majestic. Nature is green. The fallow deer are at large and have become familiar with the man. You can give them cakes (buckwheat?) for sale by small street vendors. Very relaxing spiritual atmosphere.
  • This was at the top of my list once we booked our Kyoto trip. It's about an hour train from Kyoto, so it is a bit of a trek, but it's worth it (FYI - it's also about in hour from Osaka so you can also use that as your jumping point). Once you get to Nara station, the park is another 15-20 minute walk. There's plenty to see along the way, including this shopping street with lots of food vendors, and the Kofukuji Temple. So if you are coming from one of these cities, you'll need to reserve at least half a day just between traveling, and leaving enough time to do everything. You'll know when the park is nearby, because you'll see random deer roaming around. At the park entrances, they sell crackers for the deer for 150 yen. While there are plenty of deer, there are also plenty of tourists, meaning a lot of the deer that we came across seemed like they were pretty full, and didn't even take the crackers. But we did find a few who happily ate them, and even tried to look in our pockets for more. These deer are smart and crafty, so just be mindful of your belongings, and of where you're keeping the crackers. Tip - if you bow to the deer, they will bow back and you should reward them with a cracker. Highly recommend this as a day trip if you're staying in a neighboring city.
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