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Nara Park, Nara

4.5
#1 of 601 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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  • What a joy to walk in this park with dozens and dozens of deer waiting for only one thing: that they be given food. It's really relaxing. I recommend it.
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  • There are a lot of famous deer in nara in a vast park, and it is a spectacle not seen so much elsewhere. The site is full of historical attractions such as the World Heritage Site, Temples and Shrines and National Museum. There are a lot of greens, and nature such as the pond of Saruzawa and Mt. Wakakusa is abundant, too. Cherry blossoms in spring and autumn leaves are very beautiful.
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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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