Highlights and access methods of Nara Park (Nara Prefecture)

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Nara Park is a park located in Nara City, Nara Prefecture. It is famously known for the numerous deer that roam its vicinity. The exact boundaries of Nara Park can vary depending on the definition, but it may encompass sites such as Todai-ji, Kofuku-ji, Kasuga Taisha, the Nara National Museum, Wakakusa-yama, and the Kasugayama Primeval Forest. Generally, the surrounding temples and shrines are also referred to as part of Nara Park.

In this article, we will explain the attractions of Nara Park in Nara Prefecture and how to access it for those who are traveling to Japan from overseas.

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(Prefecture : Nara , Category : Parks and Gardens)

Highlights of Nara Park

The following facilities within the grounds of Nara Park are explained on the following pages.

Todaiji Temple
Kasuga Taisha Shrine
Kofukuji Temple

Here, we will introduce other highlights of Nara Park.

Deer in Nara Park

When one thinks of Nara Park, the iconic deer that inhabit it come to mind. Approximately 1,200 deer live within the park, and they can be seen virtually everywhere around the area. At Kasuga Taisha, deer are considered messengers of the gods and have been revered and protected as sacred beings.

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It's important to note that while the deer are friendly, they are not domesticated and remain wild animals. Feeding the deer anything other than the deer crackers (shika senbei) sold within the park is strictly prohibited. Visitors should avoid any actions that might anger the deer and be cautious not to get bitten or attacked. If driving in the vicinity of Nara Park, be vigilant for deer that might suddenly dart into the road.

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Public release of the fawns

The deer in Nara Park give birth around May. While newborn fawns can typically be spotted in the park from July onward, every June the park's Rokuen(deer enclosure) publicly showcases mother deer with their newborn fawns. The general public can watch from paid viewing seats. No reservations are required in advance, but please be aware that there are specific viewing times and dates.

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You can feed the deer with acorns at another place on the same property.

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Nara National Museum

The Nara National Museum is a museum located within Nara Park. Mainly focusing on Buddhist art, many national treasures and important cultural properties are exhibited. There are four exhibition facilities for him: the Nara Buddhist Sculpture Hall, the Bronze Museum, the East New Building, and the West New Building.

The Nara Buddhist Sculpture Hall was completed in 1894 during the Meiji period and is designated as an important cultural property.

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Mount Wakakusa

Mount Wakakusa is a mountain with an elevation of 342 meters located at the eastern end of Nara Park. It takes about 30 to 40 minutes to walk from the base gate to the summit. The gentle slopes of the mountain are covered with grass, and it is famous for the annual "Wakakusa Mountain Burning Festival." Please note that the mountain is open to visitors from the third Saturday of March to the second Sunday of December, so be aware that there are periods when entry is not allowed.

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List of photos related to Nara Park

Please see below for a list of photos related to Nara Park.

Address and access method of Nara Park

Address of Nara Park

The address of Nara Park (Nara Prefectural Office adjacent to Nara Park) is "30 Noborioji-cho, Nara City".

Access method of Nara Park

I will explain how to access Nara Park from Kintetsu Nara Station.(If you walk from JR Nara Station, it will take about 20 minutes.)

Kintetsu Nara Station

Walking
10 minutes

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You can also take the bus.

Kintetsu Nara Station

Nara Kotsu Gurutto Bus
1 minutes

Prefectural Office/Nara Park Bus Terminal Stop

Walking
5 minutes

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Attractions near Nara Park

Several notable attractions are located near Nara Park:

Todaiji Temple
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Todai-ji is a historic Buddhist temple that houses the world's largest bronze statue of the Buddha Vairocana, known as Daibutsu. The temple complex features exquisite architecture and provides insight into Japan's rich cultural heritage.

Kasuga Taisha Shrine
Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kasuga Taisha is an ancient Shinto shrine famous for its thousands of stone and bronze lanterns. The tranquil shrine grounds offer a peaceful atmosphere for exploration and reflection.

Kofukuji Temple
A historic Buddhist temple and UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kofuku-ji is known for its five-story pagoda, the second tallest in Japan. The temple complex includes a treasure hall displaying important Buddhist statues and artwork.

Other information about Nara Park

Official site about Nara Park :

https://www3.pref.nara.jp/park/

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( Written by Tatsuo Ikura )