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Deer Gathering at Nara Park

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What to Expect
You meet up with the English speaking guide at Nara Visitor Center & Inn, then walk to Tobihino in Nara Park. (about 15 minutes)

Enjoy Deer Gathering in Tobihino, A French horn player summons the local deer to be fed with Beethoven’s 6th Symphony Pastoral. (about 30 minutes) 

Walk to Nara Visitor Center & Inn with the guide. (about 15 minutes)

About deer of Nara Park

There is a legend that in AD768, the first of the four gods of Kasugataisha Shrine was invited down from Kashima in Ibaraki Prefecture just North of Tokyo. The deity travelled all the way to Mt Mikasa on a white deer. Thereafter, deer were considered sacred, and killing one was punishable by death. After WWII, the deer were officially stripped of their sacred status, but are still protected in Nara.

Although they are essentially wild, they are partial to the “shika senbei” or deer crackers, which is the only food tourists should give them. They can be pushy if you are holding crackers, but if you have no food, they will usually leave you alone.
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Departure Point
Nara Visitor Center & Inn
Departure Time
*Please let us know your preferred
time period during 8:00 - 11:00
(July - September : 8:00 - 10:00)
  • English Speaking Guide
  • Deer Gathering Fee
  • Deer crackers
  • Personal expenses
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum : 2 participants
  • Maximum : 8 participants
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
Cancellation Policy
All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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Reviewed 28 November 2018

It was an amazing experience for my family. People of all ages will love interacting with the deer at Nara Park. We bought 8 packets of food for the deer and the hungry deer finished them all. :) There are hundreds of deer roaming the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank ujwalaevani
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