Nara Park or Nara Koen is a large park and the location of numerous Nara attractions, including Todaiji, Nara National Museum, Kofukuji and Kasuga Taisha Shrine. The park is home to hundreds of wild deer. Nara's deer have become a kind of symbol of the city and have even been designated a natural treasure. Traditionally, deer have always been considered messengers of the gods in the in Shinto religion. Nara's deer are fairly tame, though they can be aggressive when hungry. Deer crackers or shika sembei are for sale around the park, and some deer have learned to bow to visitors.
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