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Things To Know About Nara Park - Japan

Deer frolic and beg for treats around the world's largest wooden structure, Todaiji Daibutsu-den within the Great Eastern Temple complex of Nara Park.

This park is not only special for the abundance of ancient Japanese structures but also for the large population of wild sika deer. The deer in the park and surrounding areas have been protected by the government since 1957 and tradition holds that they are spiritual messengers.

Although specialized deer crackers are sold throughout the park, the animals can be aggressive, and people have sustained bite injuries while feeding them. Weather you feed the deer or not, a visit to this urban park should not be missed.