Providing a fun distraction from temple-hopping in the ancient capital of Nara, the city’s resident population of friendly deer are sure to keep all the family entertained as you explore the region’s cultural attractions. These deer won’t bat an eyelid at being stroked and petted, and hang around tourist hotspots hoping to receive a shika senbei (deer cracker) from a generous benefactor!
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.
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