There’s a city called Nara that’s about an hour away from Osaka by train; its claim to fame is Nara Park, an absolutely enormous park that’s populated by over a thousand exceptionally friendly deer.

Nara Park in Nara, Japan

These deer have been co-existing with people in this park for hundreds of years, so they’re not afraid of people at all.

Nara Park in Nara, Japan

I sort of figured they’d be in one small area of the park, but nope — everywhere you go, hey, there’s a deer.

Some of them are just wandering around.

Nara Park in Nara, Japan

Other’s are just chillin’.

Nara Park in Nara, Japan

A lot of them are hoping for food.  There are several vendors throughout the park that sell a bundle of special deer crackers for 150 yen.

Nara Park in Nara, Japan

There’s pretty much always a deer hanging out nearby, hoping for a quick snack.

Nara Park in Nara, Japan

Once you’ve got these crackers, hungry deer will come right up to you.

Nara Park in Nara, Japan

What’s this?  A cracker?

Nara Park in Nara, Japan

One please.

Nara Park in Nara, Japan

Nom.

Nara Park in Nara, Japan

This never gets old.

Nara Park in Nara, Japan

Just stick a cracker out and within seconds, here comes a deer.

Nara Park in Nara, Japan

I have a video of this, too.  Note: these deer are so Japanese, they’ll sometimes bow to you before or after you give them a cracker.  You can see it a couple of times in the video.

You also occasionally see deer getting into fights.

Nara Park in Nara, Japan

These guys butted their heads together until one of them gave up, bowed to the other, and backed off.

There’s also a couple of temples in the park.

Nara Park in Nara, Japan

And yeah, of course there are deer hanging out there, too.

It’s a pretty amazing place.

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