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Nara Park, Nara

4.5
#1 of 603 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 Edition.
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  • There are many deer here and they are rather calm until there is food. However, when you bow to the deer, some of the deer will bow back which is very cute. You can enjoy the beautiful scenery while.....  more »
  • Incredible and magic place! The deers are very charming and so sweet. As long as you treat them well they’ll do the same! Definitely recommend feeding them with the crackers that are sold on site.  more »
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  • I LOVED IT SO MUCH I WENT TWICE! This park is an absolute must do! There are beautiful temples, ponds, bridges, and lots of land to explore. Oh yes, and the DEER are amazing! They are generally docile. If you want to pet them try slowly approaching a deer that is laying down and extend your hand to let it smell you first. If it pulls away when you slowly reach to pet it then let it be. The most disappointing part was some visitors taunting the deer for deer biscuits. Please don’t tease them! These are beautiful creatures with a generally kind demeanor. Treat them with the respect they deserve. Make sure not to leave any trash or the deer will eat it and they can get sick.
  • The deer are adorable, but will try to bite your backside if you have food and walk away from them. They really do bow their heads!
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