- Location: Located in the city of Nara, at the foot of Mount Wakakusa in Japan.
- Attraction Type: Park
- Significance: Known for its amazing beauty and wonderful deer.
- Best time to Visit: Spring and Autumn.
- How to Reach: Those who are coming down by air, need to land at Kansai airport. You can also land at Osaka (Itami Airport). You can reach Nara by train from a number of destinations throughout Japan. Nara Park is located just a few steps away from Kintetsu Nara Station and a 10 minutes walk away from JR Nara Station. Buses are also available.
- Nearest Airport: Kansai International Airport, Itami Airport.
It is a piece of beauty! Even The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of Japan has designated it one of the “Places of Scenic Beauty”. Well, the point of interest here is Nara Park — a gorgeous park that can mesmerize anyone in this world with its scintillating beauty. And it is an amazing experience for any traveler to be with over 1,200 wild sika deer that are roaming freely around the park. Come and visit Nara Park, you will truly enjoy it.
Located in the city of Nara, at the foot of Mount Wakakusa in Japan, Nara Park is administratively under the control of Nara Prefecture. Established in 1880, this wonderful park of Japan started attracting tourists since its very early days. It is the sheer beauty of the park that has attracted thousands of tourists from all parts of the world. The 502 ha area of Nara Park also include grounds of Todai-ji, Kofuku-ji and Kasuga Shrine. This park has been classified as a “Natural Monument” as well.
Visiting Nara Park
The biggest attraction of Nara Park is its wonderful deer. This park is the home to hundreds of deer roaming freely. Interestingly, the deer are considered as the messengers of the gods in Shinto. In the earlier days, killing of these sacred deer was considered as capital offence punishable by death. But later, it was removed and the deer were designated as a National Treasure. The deer have also become a symbol of the city.
Besides the deer, you have a lot of other things to see in Nara Park. Visit Todai-ji — the home to the Daibutsu. It is the largest statue of Buddha in Japan as well as one of the largest in the world. Pay your visit to Daibutsu-den and see four other giant statues. There is a wooden column with a small hole carved through the bottom, just behind the Daibutsu. It is believed that one would achieve Enlightenment if s/he can squeeze through the hole.
Kofuku-ji is another attraction in Nara Park where you will see a three-story and a five-story pagoda. Also visit the Sarusawa-no-ike pond.
While visiting Nara Park, you cannot afford to miss paying a visit to Nara National Museum. It has got one of the best collections of Buddhist art and changing exhibitions in the world. Before you sign off from Nara Park, you should also visit a few other attractions like Ukimido, Kasuga Taisha, Kasuga-yama Hill Primeval Forest, Isui-en Garden and Shin-Yakushi-ji.
While going to visit Nara Park, you will find plenty of options for accommodations. There are several hotels in the area that cater to the needs of all sorts of travelers. Some of the budget hotels can be named as Ryokan Seikanso, Guesthouse YOUGENDO and Ryokan Matsumae. Whereas, if you are searching for some mid-range hotels, you can choose from Hotel Fujita Nara, Nara Washington Hotel Fujita Nara, and Tempyo Ryokan etc.