Local folklore considered deer in this area as sacred; today they are protected as national treasures.
(Deer in front of the Great South Gate of Todai-ji, itself a national treasure.)
They are friendly and don’t mind getting up close and personal.
They are not scared of humans — sometimes it’s actually the other way around when they get too “friendly” (asking to be fed).
They certainly know their way around, even crossing the street.
An interesting, if unusual, sight.