Nara Park


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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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Amy Ling

Take lots of photos and videos! Deers make the weirdest noise and I saw a deer go up to a group of school kids and ate their paper haha. Talk about a deer eating his homework!

Kevin Hong

Hire a bike near Nara Station for the whole day, where you can stroll through this park and visit surrounding castles and temples. It is the most time efficient way and is quite an enjoyable experience. Attached is a nearby temple/garden.

Rob W

Very big, nice park with a lot of cute deers in it!
But watch out, the deer often bite backbags and other stuff ;)


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