Enjoy The Privacy! 5 Hotel Rooms in Nara That Come With An Open-Air Bath
One of the pleasures that you can experience in Japan can be said to be onsen. Some hotels even have rooms that are equipped with open-air baths, giving you the extra privacy that you might need if you are traveling as a couple or family! Here are 5 such hotels in Nara.
1. Kotono Yado Musashino
Kotono Yado Musashino has grown to be loved by many writers and artists. Located within Nara Park, this elegant sukiya-style ryokan is surrounded by many famous tourist attractions such as Mt. Wakakusa, Kasuga Grand Shrine, and Todai-ji.
There are a total of 12 guest rooms in both the main building and the annex building, each one elaborately designed and having their own unique atmospheres. The room with the open-air bath is room 5 of the annex building. Enjoy the perfect scenery of Mt. Wakakusa as you take a relaxing dip in the bath.
For dinner, the staff bring each dish, fresh out of the kitchen, to your room separately. You can have a taste of kaiseki cuisine using locally produced seasonal vegetables. For breakfast, you can choose either the traditional cuisine Yamato no Chagayu or the Picnic Bento (not available during winter) which you can bring along with you as you embark on your journey to Mt. Wakakusa.
Kakimotoya has been in business for over 110 years, and this hidden gem of a ryokan is built on the upland of Mt. Shigi. Its kaiseki cuisine makes it feel like a Japanese auberge (French-style inn and restaurant), and that's why it's become a very popular ryokan.
Rooms with an open-air bath have them fitted on the terrace, providing a majestic view of Mt. Shigi. Enjoy a comfortable bath amid the fresh air and breathtaking scenery.
For dinner, they offer a fusion of traditional Japanese Kaiseki cuisine with western elements. Besides the Kaki menu, which was named after the ryokan, guests can sample a variety of colorful dishes that make use of seasonal ingredients. You definitely have to try the Kakimotoya-style Yamato no Chagayu for breakfast.
3. Hotel New Wakasa
Hotel New Wakasa is a mere 5 minute walk from Nara Park. Here, you can relax comfortably in a space where you can feel the atmosphere of the old capital Nara.
Rooms fitted with open-air baths make full use of the warm feeling of wood in the modern Japanese interior. Beds are also available in tatami rooms. Furthermore, you can also select rooms that have open-air hot tubs. Indulge yourself during your bath time, amid the views of Mt. Wakakusa and the Todaiji main temple, sights that you can only see in Nara.
For dinner, Yamato Kaiseki cuisine, which the chef has painstakingly prepared, is available. not only the ingredients, but also the dinnerware that is used to serve the food has been strictly selected in order to bring you the best-looking, best-tasting dishes. Yamato Chagayu is available for breakfast.
Sakoya is a long-established business with over 300 years of history and tradition. It is the oldest ryokan in Mt. Yoshino, which is famous as a cherry blossom viewing spot.
The ryokan, encompassing the elegance of the four seasons, has a very calm Japanese feel to it. Modern elements have also been incorporated, providing guests with a peaceful, relaxing atmosphere. As it is situated in the middle of the mountain, the sights it has to offer is like no other. In the rooms with open-air baths, you can enjoy all the nature that surrounds you while satisfying your desire for a nice, long bath.
For dinner, the famous local produce, Kuzu, as well as an array of seasonal ingredients such as Sakura Ayu, are used in the dishes. You can also have your breakfast on the garden terrace, which is surrounded by lush greenery (not available during winter).
Mikasa is located right beside the World Heritage Site, Mt. Kasuga Primeval Forest. Here, you can enjoy a view of the streets of Nara whilst being surrounded by nature.
There are 3 types of rooms that are equipped with an open-air bath. In the special room (western-style), you can enjoy your bath with a beautiful view of the Japanese garden, in a spacious Shigaraki ceramic bath that can fit up to 3 people at the same time. From rooms fitted with open-air baths and accommodating 2 - 4 guests, to maisonette rooms that can accommodate up to 6 guests, you can be sure that you will enjoy your bath time amid the lush green scenery.
For dinner, you can look forward to delicious, high quality Iga beef and colorful seasonal vegetables with a traditional kaiseki course, whose menu changes on a monthly basis. You may also select the yagyu nabe for a taste of Nara's branded Yamato pork.
Were you interested in any of these accommodations? By staying in a hotel room fitted with an open-air bath, even guests who might feel embarrassed getting into a public bath can have a good time and enjoy the Japanese experience. Depending on the accommodation and room types, open-air baths can have an entirely different feel to them, so why don't you try looking for the type that you like the most?
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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