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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Isabelle Pequignot

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)

Coni Ko

The whole park is spacious and give lots of rooms for you to take photos, feed the deers! The deers are so cute in Nara Park, but be careful when feeding them and hold on to any paper materials because they WILL EAT IT. The deers in the nearby Kasuga-taisha are less frisky, so be sure to visit there as well!

Amy T

Nara is one of my favorite places in Japan. It's super neat to be able to get so close to these deer. However, the deer are quite frisky and if you have anything (and I mean ANYTHING) hanging from your person, they come after it. That includes purses, camera straps (haha), food, drinks, starbucks, etc. Just be careful to hide any food you might have with you so they don't come after you. Also don't forget to bring some small change for the deer snacks!
Here's my personal vlog from that day. I also got chased by hungry deer. :P


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