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“Highlight of Nara is the deers everywhere”
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Highlight of Nara is the deers everywhere”
Reviewed June 20, 2013

Before you reach the first temple Kofukuji, you will see deer along the road and the way to the temple will be filled with them. They cross the roads themselves when cars stop, they are outside office buildings, some are at the waterside, others hungrily waiting near temples for feeding. People are very comfortable with them, they are comfortable and know they are safe roaming around Nara. So beautiful... Walk from Kofukuji to Todaiji and you will see the deer everywhere. It is not just a deer park, it is a park where deers roam around freely and they are everywhere in Nara.

Visited June 2013
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“Fun to feed the Deers!”
Reviewed June 16, 2013

In End May 2013, Temperature about 25 Deg C. Quite winding. I took a train from Osaka to Nara station, walking distance to Nara Parks. It is fun to feed the deers with "biskuit". (Purchase from the shop) The deers are very smart! They will followed you and hunting the foods! It fun to feed them ... and took some photographs. I really emjoyed the trip!

Visited May 2013
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“Walk with the Deer!”
Reviewed June 12, 2013

Nara Park is an impressively large park in Nara, home to over a thousand deer and to a number of striking temples and gardens.
If in Kyoto, it is definitely worth a visit.

A train from JR Kyoto will get you to Nara between 45 and 60 mins (depending on the train) and you can use your JR Pass. The train passes through nice countryside and you expect Nara to be a backwater. It isn't!
There is a tourist information bureau in the impressive station concourse itself where the helpful staff will give you an English language map and instructions on how to get there.

It is an easy place to get to: You just get on bus number 2 outside the station, pay a flat Y200 fee and you can get off anywhere.
The bus goes around in a circle and back to the station.

Once in the park you have several choices to visit. I first visited Todaiji Temple, home to the biggest wooden Buddha statue.

As soon as you get to the park the first thing that you notice are the tame "wild" deer and lots of school kids. I was accosted by the latter who asked me a few questions about myself and seriously wrote them down in their books.

As for the former they would come after you for food. Official Deer Biscuits are sold and it is best not to feed them anything else.The gardens are lovely and the temples have a lot of history behind them,.

There is of course a shopping and eating street and vending machines. I spent the whole day there and got back to Kyoto. Apparently, most people do this as a day trip with not many stay overnight.
If you have time on your hands, on your way back, do relax at Nara JR Station!

A not to be missed day out from Kyoto!

Visited May 2013
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“Big temple with deers”
Reviewed June 11, 2013 via mobile

It was very convenient to commute if you take Shinkansen. Took a taxi from the station to the dodaiji temple. As soon as we got off, lots of deers were mingled with tourists. They are very used to be with human! Exotic. Then entered into the dodaiji temple where you can find very huge buddha statue. There is also a small hole, there is a legend id you go through the hole you will have peaceful days. I lined up but hole seems tight for me to go through. But my friend who is taller than me told me he could pass through. So pls try it!

Visited June 2013
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“lots of deer”
Reviewed June 11, 2013

Most of the park is very pretty, if a little overgrazed. The parts by Kasuga Taishi are the most beautiful.

Visited April 2013
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