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Reviewed 13 July 2017 via mobile

Recommend the Nara Park Hotel! They have an special night tour of the famous Nigatsu Hall. You need to schedule it when you book your room. It is free! Unfortunately, you need to take someone who can speak Japanese for interpretation and request Mr Takaya. Great clean hotel! Onsen is nice!

Date of stay: July 2017
Trip type: Travelled with family
Thank jay22200
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Reviewed 27 June 2017

We went there for a day plan including dinner and onsen. Ask your hotel staff to help you to book the menu and reserve the limousine to pick you up from the JR Nara Station or Kintetsu Nara Station. A better option which they may offer is to pick you up at the south exit of Kintetsu Yamato-Saidaji station (2 stations from Kintetsu Nara station). From there is a 10 minutes ride to the hotel. If they can, you can arrange to shop at the Kintetsu NARA department store at the north exit of the Kintetsu Yamato-Saidaji before or after your meal.

At north exit, cross the road and turn left, you will see it right in front of you. Go to the information centre to ask for the tourist 5% discount card by showing your passport. Can have tax refund immediately at the top floor of the department store (can't remember it is the 5th or 6th floor. Daily consumption needs to add up to JPY6,000-10,000 at less, I did not pay attention as I spent more than this). It does not have any sign of the tax refund counter but there is a counter for the department store member, you just speak to them in English 'Tax refund' and they will guide you to the counter. For cosmetic items, you need to show them and they will seal it in a plastic bag for you.

At the hotel, for food and beverage consumption over JPY5,000 for each person excluding taxes (approx. USD45) they waive onsen expenses JPY1,000 (approx. USD9) and provide free towel and yukata (cotton bathrobe). The cheapest lunch menu is JPY5,400 excluding taxes (approx. USD49). Lunch is 11:00-14:30 and dinner is 17:30-21:00. Dinner is served in a guest room but they won't give you the room key. You need to lock your valuable items in the lockers at the onsen changing room. Lockers with key or digital lock are available. You need to return the room by 9pm. You don't need to bring anything. The onsen has shampoo, conditioner, bath soap and dryer etc. Do wash before you dip into the onsen and tie up your hair if you have long hair!

The onsen is REAL onsen. We shopped and had sightseeing for 3 days and are exhausted. Had onsen before and after the dinner and we are brand new again!

Please be expected this is a traditional Japanese ryokan, you will sit on the tatami for the meal. The staff don't speak English but what more do you need!

Enjoy!

Date of stay: June 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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2  Thank rediscool
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Reviewed 28 March 2017 via mobile

We were not staying at the hotel, but they let the public use the Onsen for ¥1000. Towel rental is additional ¥300. Worth the visit, there are indoor and outdoor pools and the staff is very friendly. A little out of the main area of town. Not to be confused with Nara Hotel.

Date of stay: March 2017
Trip type: Travelled with friends
1  Thank Geoff M
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Reviewed 27 May 2016 via mobile

Except for the old world charm in the old wing only I would probably rethink a visit to this hotel unless yu intend to spend 2 days in Nara
The rooms were decent size but lack of good coffee made it loose rankings
If for a night stay closer to the station where are the action is in terms of bars and restuarents

Date of stay: May 2016
Trip type: Travelled with family
1  Thank trackeritrack
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Reviewed 10 July 2015 via mobile

This is not a international hotel . Nothing is in english .Staff look at you with 2 heads if you speak it.. I respect the fact this is a traditional hotel .But the staff make no effort to help. Rooms are over priced for what your get . No brochures about anything to see in Nara either. And again the staff dont help. If your after a hotspring and your only staying one night ..get ready for it ..hotspring opens at 11 and cheak out is also at 10 ...Great!!...and you have to pay to get in earlier ... If you want to be taken for a ride ...This is the place for you !!!

Date of stay: July 2015
Trip type: Travelled with family
4  Thank Colm M
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