Sacred deer

Sacred deer

Make friends with the sacred, yet cheeky deer in Nara Park.

No visitor to Nara can escape a nosy nudge from one of the town's 1,200 sacred deer. Believed to be messengers of the Shinto gods, the deer are now a designated national treasure. The deer, who are usually tame and child-friendly, add an extra level of fun to temple sightseeing in Nara. However, you will want to keep a close eye on your picnic lunch and anything else edible or otherwise that is hanging off your person! Stalls and shops sell crackers to feed to the deer.

Sacred deer

located in Nara

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