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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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Really nice place to visit. But be careful about the deers, they would eat erverything! So be careful do not drop anything that is not healthy for them too :) You can buy there cookies for the deers for some 100 Yen.

I feel like this is a must-visit if you're coming to Japan. The park is brimming with culturally significant buildings and temples, and of course the marvellously fun Nara deer.

The deer of course can be aggressive (I had one rear up at me, chase me and bite my bum a few times), but that's what you'd expect from entering a park filled with wild deer! While the deer have the famous trick of bowing for food (which is adorable and magical), it's worth keeping in mind that they are still wild. As these deer were once considered sacred, you definitely shouldn't hurt the deer in any way, but why would you?

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.

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