Often just considered a side trip from Kyoto, Nara is one of Japan’s most charming cities, imbued with a rich cultural heritage. In the land of the rising sun, Nara is the oldest of the old, starting as this country’s most ancient capital. Take advantage of this historical atmosphere by staying in some of Nara’s best accommodations. Whether you’re wanting to stay in one the city’s oldest hotels or in a Japanese ryokan tucked away in the woods, these hotels will have you begging to stay one more night.
One of Nara’s oldest hotels, Nara Hotel has beautiful Western-style rooms housed in an a huge Japanese style building that’s over 100 years old. Since it’s founding in 1909, this hotel has attracted influential figures such as Albert Einstein and Richard Nixon. Facilities include a French and Japanese restaurant along with a tearoom and bar. Located at the edge of Nara Park, this is a perfect place for basing your stay in Nara. Rent one of their electric powered bicycles for the day to see everything Nara has to offer.
Close to Kintestu-Nara Station, Kasuga Hotel is perfect for providing that famous Japanese hospitality, but also keeping you close to the action. This Japanese hotel has a mix of Japanese and Western-style rooms to choose from. To upgrade your stay, you can book a room with a private outdoor bath overlooking the city. If that’s not in the budget, there are indoor and outdoor onsen for the hotel guests to enjoy. With rooms that can sleep up to six, Kasuga Hotel is perfect for families or large groups.
Travelers wanting a lux Japanese ryokan should not miss out on Tsukihitei. This ryokan, or Japanese-style hotel, is right in the heart of Kasuga Primeval Forest, one of Japan’s last original forests. This cozy and romantic hotel only has three rooms so make sure to book early. A Japanese-style kaiseki meal will be served in each room for breakfast and dinner. There are no beds, only futons, but that’s part of the fun of staying at a ryokan. For those uncomfortable with some of the public onsen at Japanese hotels, Tsukihitei has two private cypress baths available to its guests.
This new hotel has some large Western-style rooms to stretch out in for those a little tired of the less than spacious accommodations in most Japanese hotels. A delicious breakfast comes with your stay, as well as free parking for those driving. What’s going to make you want to stay forever is the outdoor Jacuzzi bath most rooms have. If you are able to drag yourself away from the jet tub, Hotel Allamanda also has rental bicycles for its guests.