Japan: Nara (Part 2: Deer)

There’s only one place in Japan where you can find more free roaming deer than people…and that’s at Nara Park!  Before the 1637, it was a capital offense punishable by death for killing a deer (no joke!).   The park costs nothing to enter, but a bundle of deer crackers (鹿煎餅 Shika-senbei) can be bought for 200 yen ($1.80), which will guarantee massive deer attention!

There are the following instructions on what to watch out for!

Let’s go say hi to all these sacred deer!  Most were friendly, hungry and curious….but a few were aggressive!



Hungry Cactus’ verdict: A

The deer at Nara Park is a wonderful and unique experience (not to mention extremely affordable for the crackers).  Highly recommended to do a half day trip for anyone visiting nearby cities (Osaka and Kyoto).

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