Deer Gathering at Nara Park

Cultural & Theme Tours in Tokyo

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A delightful tradition of gathering deer with the tone of horn.Nara Park is not only a scenic place holds a lot of world heritage site, but also a paradise for deer.Originally, Deer Gathering called ‘Shikayose’ is the traditional event lasted over 100 years to feed them in winter.When a French horn player summons the local deer to be fed with Beethoven’s 6th Symphony Pastoral, around 100 deer come out from the forest.Join the deer feeding and have a vibrant moment with friendly deer!
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 ParkThere 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.

What’s included

  • English Speaking Guide
  • Deer Gathering Fee
  • Deer crackers

What’s not included

  • Personal expenses