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  • Address: 469 Zoshicho
  • Hours: The park is a public space and is always open.

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Deer Park (Nara Park)

Deer Park (Nara Park) sits at the heart of Nara, a city of great historical importance and the birthplace of modern Japanese culture, located 19 miles (31 km) outside of Osaka. A majority of Nara’s top attractions, including Kasuga Shrine, Todaji and the Nara National Museum, are located in Deer Park, making it a popular day trip destination from both Osaka and Kyoto. 
 
Besides the cultural and historical attractions found on the grounds of the park, it’s also famous for the wild (but very tame) deer that roam the grounds grazing on grass and hoping the passing tourist will feed them some deer crackers (for sale throughout the park). The park covers an area of about 1,300 acres (520 hectares) and requires about three hours to explore, particularly if you plan to stop at the temples and shrines.

Practical Info

The easiest way to reach Nara (and Deer Park) is by taking the Kintesu Nara Line from Osaka’s Namba station to Nara Station. The journey takes about 35 minutes each way. 

Tours & Tickets

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Kyoto and Nara Day Trip from Kyoto including Nijo Castle

4.5 star rating: Recommended 166 Reviews

Explore the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara on a full-day tour from Kyoto. See all the highlights of Kyoto including visits to Nijo Castle and the ...  Read more

Location: Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $128.46

Kyoto and Nara 2-Day or 3-Day Rail Tour by Bullet Train from Tokyo

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 72 Reviews

Leave Tokyo on the bullet train to visit the heritage-filled cities of Kyoto and Nara, staying overnight in Kyoto, on your choice of a guided 2-day or 3-day ...  Read more

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 2 days / 1 night or 3 days / 2 nights

From USD $610.89

3-Day Mt Fuji, Kyoto and Nara Rail Tour by Bullet Train from Tokyo

4.5 star rating: Recommended 65 Reviews

See the iconic highlights of Japan on a 3-day guided tour to Mt Fuji, Kyoto and Nara. Visit revered Mt Fuji, take a boat cruise on Lake Ashi and an aerial tram ...  Read more

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $623.30

Nara Afternoon Tour of Todaiji Temple, Deer Park and Kasuga Shrine from Osaka

4.5 star rating: Recommended 16 Reviews

Enjoy an afternoon visit to Nara, whose combined historic monuments make the ancient city a UNESCO World Heritage site. This imperial capital from the 8th ...  Read more

Location: Osaka, Japan
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $92.59

Nara Afternoon Tour of Todaiji Temple, Deer Park and Kasuga Shrine from Kyoto

4.5 star rating: Recommended 82 Reviews

Venture to Nara from Kyoto for the afternoon. Due to its past as the first permanent capital of Japan, Nara remains full of historic treasures, including some ...  Read more

Location: Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $65.86

2-Day Kyoto and Nara Rail Tour by Bullet Train from Tokyo

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

Venture by bullet train from Tokyo to the historical sites of Nara, and enjoy an overnight stay in Kyoto – the heart of Japanese culture! On this two-day trip, ...  Read more

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 2 days, 1 night

From USD $610.89

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