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Nara Park, Nara

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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. PutNara Park into our Nara trip builder tool and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Nara Park is a very beautifull park with an abundance of reindeers. I've been here many times and it is a must to visit. Especially during autumn season.  more »
  • It’s really beautiful park in Nara prefecture. In side the park you can see so many deers. And park is specious. And there is also big Buddhist temple which temple was made but biggest trees that’s...  more »
  • Perfect location for a day out, large walking paths with beautiful temples to visit, and the polite deer that bow for a snack are an experience worth the visit. Beware of them sneaking up on you though! As the signs on site indicate the deer are still wild animals and should be treated with the appropriate respect when interacted with.
  • This is an enchanting place to say the least, steeped in history and tradition. You could easily spend a day or two here wandering around the vicinity. The deer are very friendly!
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