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Nara Park 奈良公園

The Nara Park is a large park located in the centre of this old capital of Japan. Established in 1880. It is where many of Nara’s historical sites are located, such as Todaiji, Kasuga Taisha, Kofukuji and the Nara National Museum. It takes up a large part of the city and was created on top of wasteland. Today, it is home to 1,200 deer that are believed to be the messengers of god, according to Shintoism.

The well-fed deer are tame, however, and you don’t usually have to worry about them attempting to nibble on your bag or clothes. If you feel like being surrounded by deer, purchase some deer crackers that are on sale throughout the park by mobile vendors. Do watch your step however, as deer droppings are quite rampant. You can also purchase deer dropping shaped chocolate as a cheeky souvenir.

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The famous deer park in Nara. There isn't much to say about this park other than some warnings, the deers will swarm if you have food but then again this is a brilliant photo opportunity also deers will randomly buck people and have been known to bite but this has never happened to me

Its most definitely worth a visit, experience it yourself.

there are many deers scattered in the park. be careful as they may get aggressive and snatch the food away from your hands and may chase children too.

A must must go! Make sure to bring lots of change to buy the deer crackers!
And if you're up for a hike definitely do the Kasugayama Primeval Forest trail to the top of Mt. Wakakusa for incredible views of the whole city and park (and more deer grazing and taking naps at the top)

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