Visited by a lot of tourists from Japan as well as overseas, Nara is a popular Japanese city that is blessed with numerous beautiful spots, lush nature and delicious food. Below are five hotels found around Nara Station, the major train station in Nara, that are enjoying rave reviews and high ratings from guests on an online booking website.
1. Noborioji Hotel Nara
Noborioji Hotel Nara is located adjacent to Kohfukuji Temple. Its main draw is its subdued atmosphere that comes from their regulation that only allows guests above the age of 12. There are only 14 guest rooms in this hotel. When you stay here, you will experience high-quality hospitality with their refined furnishings and complete amenities, French cuisine with a traditional yet modern essence, a cigar bar for adults and other services and facilities that landed this hotel into the hotel category of Michelin Guide Nara for six straight years, and won it a 4 Red Pavilion rating. Wi-Fi is free throughout the property. English-speaking staff available.
Asukasou is a popular hotel that offers a wide array of elegant guest rooms that range from modern Japanese-style rooms that are filled with a sense of cleanliness, to traditional Japanese-style rooms. Some of the guest rooms and the large public open-air bath have a view of the five-storied pagoda and other structures at the neighboring Kohfukuji Temple, so guests get to gaze at the gorgeous views unique to Nara. This hotel is also enjoying rave reviews for its delicious dishes rich in local flair that use such ingredients as traditional vegetables harvested from local fields. Wi-Fi is free throughout the property.
3. Onyado Nono Nara Natural Hot Spring
Onyado Nono Nara Natural Hot Spring is a popular hotel in an excellent location that is just a minute's walk from JR Nara Station. The whole property is designed with tatami flooring for a more relaxing atmosphere, and guests can choose from various types of rooms, such as single-type and universal-type. Guests also love the natural hot spring public bathing area that has a semi-open-air bath, as well as the breakfast which is filled with local dishes that incorporate plenty of ingredients produced in Nara. Wi-Fi is free throughout the property. English-speaking staff available.
4. Super Hotel Lohas JR Nara Eki
Super Hotel Lohas JR Nara Eki is a popular hotel that offers guests convenience, as it is directly linked to JR Nara Station. It offers three types of rooms - single, double and twin rooms. Here, guests get to spend a pleasant time in a space that may be simple but is overflowing with a clean feeling. Inside this hotel is a public bath filled with water drawn from the natural hot spring, where guests can relax after their travels. Guests also love the free breakfast service that comes with a variety of dishes, especially the freshly baked breads. Wi-Fi is free throughout the property. There are staff who can speak English, Chinese, Korean and Spanish.
5. Oak Hostel Nara
Oak Hostel Nara is a hostel enveloped in a homey, and is located at the heart of the shopping street in front of the train station, just a minute's walk from Kintetsu-Nara Station. It is famous for its diverse room types that address the needs of every customer, whether they are traveling alone or with a group, as it offers rooms ranging from dormitory-type rooms, to single, twin and family rooms. There are shared facilities inside this hostel, including refrigerator and microwave oven, and you can rent bicycles for a fee, so it is the perfect base for exploring Nara. Wi-Fi is free in the guest rooms. There are staff who can speak English, Chinese, French and Italian.
Nara is a place that can be easily reached from Kyoto and Osaka. So, make sure to visit it sometime.
*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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