Most compelling reason for visiting Nara park are deer. Over thousand of them. They are a symbol of Nara city, sacred in Shinto beliefs and national treasure. All of them roam free in the park and the city (we saw one sitting at a bus stop). In Nara park there are many biscuits sellers (150JPY for a pack). Tourists are not allowed to feed animals anything else. When we got our first batch of biscuits (we got many of them throughout the day) I was very eager to feed them.. until I got headbutted by a very impatient deer. From then on Husband was in charge of holding biscuits and taming deer. The older male ones can be aggressive and very demanding. Some of them are not gentle creatures! Young and female are easy and fun to feed and pet. Deer are walking and sitting around waiting for tourists to come and feed them. When you start feeding a group of them, they will surround you in seconds. They will not leave until you run out of biscuits.
It is truly unique experience to be so close to them.