What makes Nara Deer Park such a unique sight is not just its stunningly beautiful scenery, famous temples or ancient forests, but rather its animal residents who roam freely around these scenic confines; wild sika deer! A perfect place to visit when sightseeing in Kyoto and its surroundings, this famous park offers an unforgettable outdoor adventure for the entire family.
Around a 45-minute train ride from Kyoto, the Nara Deer Park is a short walk away from the Kintetsu Nara Station, while JR Nara Station is about 20 minutes by foot. Set amidst spectacular natural beauty at the base of Mount Wakakusa, this public park dates back to 1880 and its over 1,000 wild sika deer are both a natural treasure and a symbol of Nara.
Connected with local folklore, these deer are revered and considered to be divine messengers. Wandering through the park, you will come across many deer that are not afraid to come up to you in search of food. Stalls selling deer crackers can be found around the park and give you the ideal opportunity to get up close with these majestic creatures.
As you continue your excursions, make time to visit the 8th century Todai-ji temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is also home to one of the world’s largest Buddha statues. Exploring the park further, you can walk through the enchanting Kasuga-yama Primeval Forest on your way to the famous Kasuga Shrine.