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. PutNara Park into our Nara trip builder tool and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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Tours to Nara Park
$49 BOOK WITH VIATOR The Essence of Nara Cultural Tour: Big Buddha, Bambi and Backstreets The Essence of Nara Cultural Tour: Big Buddha, Bambi and Backstreets
Duration: 210 to 240 minutes
$72 BOOK WITH VIATOR Nara Half-day Private Tour Osaka/Kyoto departure with Government-Licensed Guide Nara Half-day Private Tour Osaka/Kyoto departure with Government-Licensed Guide
Duration: 4 hours
$323 BOOK WITH VIATOR Nara - Private Family Bike Tour Nara - Private Family Bike Tour
Duration: 3 to 4 hours
$236 BOOK WITH VIATOR Nara Photoshoot Service by Professional Photographer Nara Photoshoot Service by Professional Photographer
Duration: 1 hour
$148 BOOK WITH VIATOR Nara Private Tour by Public Transportation from Kyoto Nara Private Tour by Public Transportation from Kyoto
Duration: 7 hours
Nara Park reviews
Park where the deer roam free. Well maintained park and hardscape. The locals (and tourists) do a good job of leaving the deer in peace, other than feeding them. Watch out, as the deer will try to...
Park where the deer roam free. Well maintained park and hardscape. The locals (and tourists) do a good job of leaving the deer in peace, other than feeding them. Watch out, as the deer will try to... more »
Loved the deer roaming around freely. Feeding them was hard on my husband. He thought they will bite him. The park was huge.
Loved the deer roaming around freely. Feeding them was hard on my husband. He thought they will bite him. The park was huge. more »
Perfect location for a day out, large walking paths with beautiful temples to visit, and the polite deer that bow for a snack are an experience worth the visit. Beware of them sneaking up on you though! As the signs on site indicate the deer are still wild animals and should be treated with the appropriate respect when interacted with.
The park was pleasant and while the deer can get over excited over the free food. it was fun just to watch other people feed the deer. Bonus I got to hand feed a freaking baby deer!
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