Guest Houses in Nara
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Naramachi Guest House
- Built in the early 1900s, this traditionally styled ex-Merchants home is the ideal setting for a quiet, cozy guest house. Located just a short walk away from many of Nara’s top tourist attractions, Naramachi Guest House is both convenient and very affordable, while keeping true to its roots of old Japan. Owners Shunju and Kumiko have put tremendous effort into keeping the traditional feel of the guest house alive, while offering a wide range of advice and activities to help make their guests not only feel comfortable in their home but also during their time as guests in Japan. From the second you step inside the front door at Naramachi Guest House, it is immediately apparent that you are staying somewhere rather special. The first proper room you enter is now used as a communal space, but it once housed a small performance stage, complete with elevated viewing platforms, which were accessible via sliding doors. This unusual setup makes for an interesting place to relax and catch up with fellow travelers, after a day exploring the town, over a cup of hot green-tea. ©NAVITIME JAPAN. Travel Info Check out our travel tips to make your trip better!
Report - Stay at the Deer Park Inn - Nara
- Yes, Nara is filled with must-see historical landmarks making it a priority for many travelers. Yet, looking beyond this aspect, the next main reason why loads of tourist come to Nara year after year are the adorable deer of Nara Park. Feed them, pet them, or fill your memory card with photos of them, or better yet, why not stay in a place where the deer will “greet” you in the morning when you get out of bed.Inside Nara Park at the bottom of Mount Wakakusa, guesthouse owner Hamano-san decided to turn his love of nature into a beautiful cottage-like guesthouse surrounded by the natural surroundings of the park. These surroundings happen to include the deer, hence the name of the guesthouse. As you walk up to the entrance, there’s a high chance of having adeer pass you by with little hesitation, or even stick around long enough for a picture. Once inside, you unfortunately won’t find deer, but you will be greeted by very hospitable staff and a mellow atmosphere. There are high ceilings all throughout the guesthouse, the concrete walls are adorned with rustic wooden accents, and the common areas filled with vintage furniture are perfect for hanging out with a book in hand. A large kitchen area with a communal table is available for guests to prepare their own meals, and this area is especially handy for early risers who need a cup of coffee and snack to kick off their day. Eating options in the area are limited, so it is wise to plan ahead and get some groceries for breakfast. The common area is great, but the rooms are even better. Equipped with large windows overlooking Nara Park, they are bright, spacious, and a great spot for watching the deer chilling in front of the guesthouse. In terms of accommodation, The Deer Park Inn offer rooms for two, three, or four people, as well as female-only and mixed dormitories. All rooms are equipped with air-conditioning, with prices starting at 2,700 per person. ©NAVITIME JAPAN. Travel Info Check out our travel tips to make your trip better!
With a reputation almost as stellar as that of Kyoto, Nara is a must-visit for those searching for the remains of "traditional Japan." The largely green Nara city holds the majority of the prefecture's treasures, such as the iconic Todai-ji Temple, in which a 15-meter tall Great Buddha sits, and Nara Park, where deer flock to befriend passersby. While mountains are by no means hard to come by in this area, for hiking with a reward, head to the Kii Mountains' Yoshino district in spring, when the hillsides put on an impressive display of white and pink cherry blossoms.
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