Deer in Nara Park Kyoto

Nara Park Full of Deer

A stag just a stones through from the path in Nara Park, Kyoto, Japan. The deer are so tame and not phased by humans at all. There are also vendors that will sell you deer cookies or crackers to feed to them. Some deer have even learned to bow to visitors to ask to be fed apparently. Be careful though the deer are all over you as soon as you buy them food. One actually ripped my t-shirt while I was feeding them.

Women feeding the deer

Nara Park

Nara Park (奈良公園, Nara Kōen) is a large park in central Nara. Established in 1880, it is the location of many of Nara’s main attractions including Todaiji, Kasuga Taisha, Kofukuji and the Nara National Museum.

Young Fawn in Nara Park

The park is home to hundreds of freely roaming deer. Considered in Shinto to be messengers of the gods, Nara’s nearly 1200 deer have become a symbol of the city and have even been designated as a natural treasure.

 Nara Deer Park

Young deer foraging in the park.

 

Stag roaming Nara Park

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