One of the highlights of our visit to Nara (during our visit to Japan), was interacting with the abundance of tame deer which were roaming all over the area. Even though the deer are relatively harmless, they could be a nuisance and a pain if they noticed you had food.
Our biggest run-in on Nara (and on Miyajima Island) was when a deer in each area decided to eat a gate-check tag hanging off of Lucas’ stroller! It was pretty funny but I have to say that I was a bit upset when our Singapore Airlines tag from our trip the previous Summer became deer food!
With that being said, the deers could be dangerous if provoked and according to signs posted all over: “The deer of Nara Park are wild animals. They can occasionally attack people, so please be careful.”
We found the warning on the signs credible but maybe a bit much. The deers that we saw didn’t seem too aggressive besides gravitating towards people holding food for them.
Considering this sign did hold valuable information, what did I find to be so ridiculous? The four images on the sign, which were really funny.
Check out a close-up below:
The sign shows images of various dangers which the deer may cause:
- Knock Down
Besides some deer going for food people were feeding them, we didn’t witness any attacks.