Nara Park

Description: 

Visitors coming to Nara Park will be advised to bring some crackers to have an interesting meeting with groups and groups of deer around the area, making a scene of dating with deer on such a unique picnic in Nara Prefecture. Locals often call the park by the lovely name of Deer park, as it is home for thousands deer then you can see how they freely cross the road, wandering around the park and even making friend with people to get some food from their hands. However, deer is just one among many other attractions will completely surprising you.

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Nara park was opened on February 14th 1880 as the unprecedented historical park in Japan. Back to the time then the capital was placed in Heijokyo about 1300 years ago, Todaiji temple was built to gather the faith as well as tourism, together with Kofukuji temple and Kasuga shrine creating a temple town. They kept planting trees around the temples and shrines to make a vast area of natural atmosphere mingled with the religious aroma from the temples. Nara park was born following the policy taken under Meiji period then being expanded larger and larger. The whole area of park and temples was designated as the World Heritage Site in 1998.

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Located in the center of the prefecture, Nara Park extends about 4 kilometers east from downtown Nara and Naramachi to the west of hill base with the width of about 2 kilometers. The floristic composition weaved by about 10000 trees of more than 207 species including pine, cherry, maple, tallow tree, andromeda, cedar, crape myrtle, plum, camphor and cypress, covers the vast area, over about 40 hills, 29 lawn and about 17 streams. All together create a beautiful and convenient living environment for about 1200 deer, peacefully living with raccoon dog, wild boar and flying squirrel. Deer is believed to be the messenger of God, as they live and wander around the park with the population of more than one thousand ones, they send a fresh and peace messengers from God to the surrounding atmosphere.

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Visitors enjoy walking through green lawn of grass dotted with clear and calm ponds, over tortuous pathways under cool foliage, as they can see the tall and pointed  roofs of temples now appearing now disappearing behind the trees. Holding the great constructions of Nara religion including Todaiji temple, Kofukuji Temple and Kasuga Taisha Shrine with many historical treasures, Nara park seems to be a secret museum of the ancient capital Nara remaining over many centuries.

Nara park is famous all around Japan for its magnificent view at night when every corners inside the park are illuminated with dazzling lanterns and neon lights. You will have a chance to walk in a fairy story with photogenic animals around and rows and rows of neon carpets unfolding under your steps.

Open time: 

All day

Admission: 

Freely access

How to access: 
From Osaka: take the rapid express on Kintetsu Nara Line for 35 minutes from Kintetsu Namba to Kintetsu Nara Station
From Kyoto: take the limited express on Kintetsu Kyoto Line for 35 minutes from Kyoto to Kintetsu Nara Station.
Then take a 5 minute walk from Kintetsu Nara Station to Nara Park.