Nara Park, Nara
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.
Tours to Nara Park
Kyoto and Nara Day Trip from Kyoto including Nijo Castle BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $148
Duration: 11 hours
Kyoto and Nara Day Tour Including Golden Pavilion and Todai-ji Temple from Osaka BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $177
Duration: 11 hours
Nara Park Reviews
Quel bonheur de se promener dans ce parc avec des dizaines et des dizaines de cerfs qui n'attendent qu'une chose : qu'on leur donne à manger. C'est vraiment très reposant. Je le recommande. more »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.
広大な公園には有名な奈良の鹿が沢山居ます、他ではあまり見られない光景ですね。 敷地内には、世界遺産の寺社・国立博物館など歴史的な見どころが満載。 緑が多くて、猿沢の池や若草山などの自然も豊かです。 春は桜、秋は紅葉がとても綺麗です。 more »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.
This place was so cool. The deer are everywhere! Some were pushy, some were sweet and laid back. The biscuits are 150 yen per pack to feed to them. Watch your bags or they will try to bite them. My kids loved petting them and feeding them. If you hold the biscuit up they will bow to you to show they want it. You have to move quickly or they will try to grab it out of your hand. Don’t stand by their back side though, my youngest almost got pooped on 😂. It was worth the trip from Kyoto for such a unique experience. It is an open park so there is no fee to enter. The only cost is if you want to feed them like mentioned above. There is a little shopping alley right next to the train station as well.
So fun and a must go for first time tourist. Recommended going in the morning or else the park is flocked with tourists by noon. There are heaps of stalls to buy the food to feed the deer but careful, they can get aggressive and a herd will follow you.
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