Nara is most famous for its bowing deer. For a small fee, visitors can buy deer biscuits to make some new friends. It is also a great spot for nature photos. Whether in a wedding dress, kimono or casual attire, Nara is a great place for all kinds of photos!
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There are many deer in Nara Park — Photo by Hayashi Photo Works
Top 5 Popular Photo Spots in Nara
1. Nara Park
The deer will bow for a yummy treat! — Photo by Hayashi Photo Works
Known for its spacious fields and bowing deer, this park is home to many famous temples and gardens that are treasured photo spots. Did you know the deer from Nara park don't actually live there? The famous deer are wild and live in the mountains, the descend for some yummy deer treats (shika senbei) and leave the park when it gets dark to return to their true homes! The park is full of many great photo opportunities as well as adorable deer, so we highly recommend it!
2. Isuien Garden
Found within Nara Park! — Photo by B WORKs PHOTOGRAPHY
This Japanese garden is actually divided into two parts a front garden and rear garden. Both gardens offer a long history dating back to the 17th century for the front garden, and a great number of photo spots. The Isuien garden is home to many tea houses scattered about as well as museums and other neat things to see.
3. Todaiji Temple
Autumn leaves in Nara — Photo by Kiki photo works
Known as a landmark to Nara, this temple is one of the oldest and most historically significant temples in the area. First constructed in 752, the temple has since seen many visitors and gone through changes over the years. In and around the temple offer many beautiful backdrops for photos of every type!
4. Sarusawa Pond
Romantic kiss among the autumn leaves— Photo by Kaoru Photography
The beautiful pond is actually a construction as part of the grounds of Kofukuji Temple. A highly recommended spot in the spring for its cherry blossoms and autumn for its leaves. Both seasons provide beautiful sights, and even off-season the pond provides a great background for serene, natural photos.
5. Mount Wakakusa
Pretty pink cherry blossoms in the spring — Photo by Kaoru Photography
Though these mountainous slopes are known for the annual Fire Festival in Nara, the spot also has much to offer in the spring time. Locals and tourists alike are welcome to visit the area all year round except for winter.