Nara Deer Park
Nara Park is truly a magical place in Japan. People often flock to this city to spend a day at Nara Deer Park, which is full of hundreds of roaming deer, also known as sika. Nara Park is a public park and is one of the oldest in Japan. A Lot of people come to Nara on the way to Oaska or as a day trip from Kyoto. I actually stopped on the way to Naoshima, and wish I would have stayed longer than one night!
The walk from the Nara Train Station to the Nara Deer Park is about a mile. You could take a cab, but the walk through the main town is nice and it will give you the opportunity to see what restaurants and shops are around. When I arrived in Nara, Japan, I went straight to my hotel to drop off my backpack. There are many hotels in Nara, but I stayed at Hotel Pagoda, because it is a “cycling hotel”. You can rent a bike with the room for pretty cheap. I highly suggest getting around the town in a bicycle. The city is pretty small and you have much more freedom.
There are vendors in Nara Deer Park that sell cookies to give to the Deer, but I suggest stopping at 7-11 and picking up bread for them to snack on. It is cheaper and lasts a lot longer. Below is a great shot of the feeding of the deer!
After the freezing frenzy with the deer, I was really craving a snack. There is a great little snack bar in the middle of the park that sells beer and other food items. They also have wifi which was surprising! It was fun to FaceTime with friends and share my experience at the Nara Deer Park with them. The deer especially love to hang around this snack bar since the vendor sells cookies to feed to the deer.
The Deer Park in Nara, Japan is truly a magical experience that you can not find anywhere in the world. I happened to go to Nara during the full bloom of the Cherry Blossom season in 2016. I have so many great shots of my day at Nara Park, that it is hard to post them all. The below photo is definitely one of my favorites and I took it right behind the Hotel Pagoda.