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!

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

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

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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).