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Japanese Village and Deer Park

All photographs taken by Kenneth A. Larson. All rights reserved. © 2009 - 2017.

The author was young when he visited Japanese Village and Deer Park. I am still looking for old family photos and have no souvenirs. The information here was mostly gathered from other sources.



In the 1960s, the Japanese Village and Deer Park in Buena Park was a popular and quaint attraction. Visitors could stroll through a reproduction Japanese Village with ponds, buildings, shops and restaurants. A Tea House set beside the pond filled with Golden Carp and Black Swans. A large pen was filled with live deer and a plastic deer came with the deer food. A large Dove Pavilion allowed visitors to interact with, and feed, doves and a plastic dove came with the dove food. Sea Lion and Dolphin feeding, theaters, games, and rides were among the attractions. There was a pearl diving tank where divers would bring up an oyster and you kept the pearl. The 32-acre park was inspired by the famous Deer Park in Nara, Japan.

The end was controversial. The official story was disease ran through the deer herd and many were euthanized. The park closed in 1975. The park was adjacent to the 5 Freeway on Knotts Avenue, but is now long gone and has been replaced with industrial buildings. A short lived successor, Enchanted Village, followed the closing (1976-1977).

6122 Knott Ave.
Buena Park, CA 90621

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