Spending the Day in Nara With the Sika Deer
Nara Park is a public park located in the city of Nara, Japan, about an hour train ride from Kyoto.
Nara is famous for its residents. The Sika Deer.
Over 1,200 wild Sika Deer roam freely around the park.
According to local folklore, deer from this area were considered sacred after one of the four gods of the Kasuga Shrina was said to have appeared on Mt. Mikasa-yama riding a white deer.
After that the deer were considered divine and sacred. The deer are now considered natural treasures, so they are treated very well there and live a comfortable life.
We arrived in the morning and made our way directly to where the Deer roam.
On the way we passed several souvenir shops filled with a plethora of deer toys and knick nacks. We prefer the real thing, so we continued on our way.
Up ahead we started seeing the graceful animals and started getting excited.
There were several people selling deer crackers, but we though they might prefer fresh fruit so we brought apples to feed them.
Unlike a lot of tourist traps, Nara Park wasn’t bombarded with tourists while we were there.
It had a more natural relaxed feel and the deer really did roam anywhere they wanted.
Cody and I spent several hours just sitting with a group of deer without any other tourists approaching.
It was a nice afternoon of admiring deer and capturing them on camera.
There are also gardens open to the public and a buddhist temple.
Another sight to see at Nara park is Todai-ji. It is the largest wooden building in the world, and houses a 50′ tall statue of Buddha.
After everything we have seen during our travels regarding the mistreatment of animals, Nara Park was a lovely place to visit and spend time with content animals.