Thursday, September 22, 2016

Japan Trip 2015: Nara Park


One of the other places we went to visit during our trip was Nara and more specifically, Nara Park. This park is open to the public and is where over a thousand wild Sika Deer roam and you can feed them. Nara was very accessible from Osaka. We took the JR Train and I think it was for sure less than an hour ride.

Nara is such a beautiful place and there was a lot of other things we got to do and see but I'm going to talk about the deer park!

Getting to feed wild deer was such an awesome experience. I'm not going to lie and say I wasn't a tad bit scared of them. I didn't know how they would act around me knowing I had food and then when I didn't have any. I did hear horror stories of folks getting headbutted and bit when the deer felt like they were getting ignored which is what happened to a friend. She went another day and said that the deer bit her right on the stomach. It didn't draw blood but she had a nasty bruise.


There are carts all around the trail of the park that sells deer crackers for under 200 Yen. That's what they would like for you to feed the deer. I bought a pack and not two seconds after I was handed them, I had a group of deer around me. They are all over the park and on the trail walking, playing, sitting, and for the most part leave you along but they know when you have the food.

The two I was feeding would bow at me has a I broke a piece of cracker and held it out to them. I thought I was seeing things but when they finished eating, it would start bowing at me for more.




After a while, it got a bit overwhelming for me and I tried to make it seem like I didn't have any more crackers and I got headbutted by a couple of them. I finally tossed the crackers to Jaime and they followed right over to him. 

I had one little guy stay, headbutted me, bowed, and nipped my shirt but when he finally realized I had no more he made his way to someone else.

Nara park also had a temple that you eventually reach following the trail. You can just spend all day here and there is still so much more to see. It was just beautiful and we took so many pictures. It was getting late and we had to get back to Osaka but we stopped to get myself a green tea ice cream and we also got to see the end of fresh mochi being made. I bought some and it was amazing!

The only problem with walking the trail and all the deer is you will be stepping in a lot of crap. So if you plan on visiting, don't wear anything that drags. Haha.. if it wasn't deer crap it was just plain old mud since we went in October and it was raining in Nara.

I can't wait to go back and see more of Nara!














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