My wife and I stayed two nights at the Kasuga while visiting Nara. It was a very welcoming hotel, but almost deserted - perhaps we visited at a slow time.
I'm not nearly experienced enough to say whether the "traditional" room was a good example of the kind, but I can say we enjoyed it. Our room attendant was very helpful and professional. The futon-style beds were comfortable enough and the whole room was a pleasant space, even though we were used to more furnishings. The traditional-style breakfast was also nice; it was served in an adjacent room to give the attendant time to pack up our beds.
Otherwise the hotel was a great base from which to explore Nara - within easy walking distance of the parks. We took a taxi from the main JR station to the hotel because we had luggage and it was pouring rain, but one could probably walk it with little difficulty. Another rail station (Kintetsu) is much closer to the hotel.
We didn't eat at the restaurants (except for the in-room breakfast, which was good).
The spa / pool setup deserves special mention - it was pretty opulent and completely relaxing. They have both indoor and outdoor soaking pools, massaging jets, and a whole spa-like changing room. Separate facilities for men and women - one set is slightly nicer than the other, but they switch which side is men's and which is women's every day. Both nights the pool facilities were deserted, but they were easily big enough to hold 10 people without feeling crowded.
A very nice hotel - if we return to Nara we would definitely look here again.
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- Kasuga Hotel Nara