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Reviewed December 30, 2019

Where in the world can you go and walk the streets along with local deer??? Not just a few either!, more like herds of them. All looking for cookie handout. So Cute.

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed November 6, 2019 via mobile

Having spent 4 days in Tokyo and 2 in Kyoto we looked forward to finding a bit of authentic life in Nara. We we horrified when we arrived at the station to find ourselves in another grey metropolitan city which did match the travel brochures!...We then had to squeeze in one if the multiple buses heading to ‘Nara Park’. Arriving with 1000’s of other tourists Nara had none of the gentle rural appeal of the images we had seen! Its a park! Yep deer roam around but not too sure this a good as they were not wild but begging? We visited Todaji temple with the big Buddha but too busy you couldnt even take a photo let alone feel zen. I took zoomed in photos to avoid this. Amazing structure but dont be lured by Naras marketing. Big disappointment.More

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed June 13, 2019

Not worth the trip. The park is nice but the deers are disturbingly unnatural with their continuous (and fully understandable) quest for food. Their behaviour, the artificial "bowing" appear so unnatural that, if you love animals in their natural environment, you are annoyed and just...want to leave not wanting to be a part of itMore

Date of visit: April 2019
Reviewed September 1, 2018

In Nara, you can visit the Nara Park, the Todai-ji temple and taste the local freshly made mochi! Overall a great experience in Nara. Loved the deers!

Date of visit: December 2017
Reviewed May 16, 2018 via mobile

On a warm, Wednesday it was dry and dusty and overpopulated with visitors and deer. Tens of thousands of visitors, including hundreds of school groups made wandering around the gravel paths crowded and dusty. The parklands were not particularly beautiful and looked overgrazed by the...rich population of deer, which were beyond tame; aggressively demanding to be fed the biscuits as soon as you purchased them. We were put off visiting the gardens and museum by the crowds and retreated to the train station after about an hour of arriving. The JR train journey from Kyoto to Nara on the Rapid service was efficient and comfortable with enough seating for all passengers for most of the trip.More

Date of visit: May 2018
Reviewed May 6, 2018

After having read and heard of all the hype, the encounter with the deer was actually a bit of a let down.True they are tame and allow you to come near them and roam around the park freely but nothing much else to see or...do after feeding these deer. There is a shrine in the park itself but we did not get to see it. all in all if time permits one can spend an hour here, especially for kids.More

Date of visit: April 2018
Reviewed April 24, 2018

Nara is one of the former capitols of Japan and is full of beautiful ancient temples and shrines, sacred woods, and sacred deer that roam free. We stayed two days, but there was much more to see. It is well worth a trip. The people...here are polite and helpful and gracious.More

Date of visit: May 2017
Reviewed June 4, 2017

This was one of my favorite places in Kyoto. The deer are so tame, they'll allow you to get close and actually pet them! Be sure to buy some wafers to feed them, but be careful, they might nip at you. If you bow to...them, they'll bow back! Really!More

Date of visit: May 2017
Reviewed April 29, 2017

The experience is must visit. It is not a park where deers are confined to a particular area. It is an open park and you will find deers on the road and no confinement. the walk towards the park is awesome as well

Date of visit: April 2017
Reviewed April 12, 2017

This place is swarming with deer but it is a unique experience. Some of the deer will bow for a biscuit and they are very accustomed to humans so no need to be alarmed or afraid.

Date of visit: April 2017
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