The park is a popular destination for tourists, with many people paying to take part in photoshoots among the pink blossoms.
It’s essentially a blogger’s wet dream.
Per Japan Guide, it is home to many of Nara’s main attractions including Todaiji, Kasuga Taisha, Kofukuji and the Nara National Museum, and given the current climate it’s a lot quieter than usual, which is why the deer have been left to roam about and bathe in the beauty.
The park is also home to over 1000 dear, considered by locals to be “the messengers of the gods”.
The deer have become “a symbol of the city and have even been designated as a natural treasure”, Japan Guide states.
Deer crackers are sold throughout the park, and some deer have even learned to bow to human visitors as a way of asking to be fed (apparently they’re surprisingly tame).
Thousands of reviews on Tripadvisor – where Nara Park has been awarded a Certificate of Excellence – detail the sweet nature of the ‘friendly’ deer, who are described by one visitor as ‘hungry and greedy’.
As advised by one visitor review:
Make sure to bow at them, as they will bow back (usually if you have food for them). When we got the biscuits a lot of deer did run up to us, so just be aware of that. But they just want your biscuits!
What a stunning place that is.