For those travelers coming to Japan and wish to stay in comfort and style, and for whom luxury is a prime consideration, then many will stay at the Nara hotel. Located in Nara park behind Kofukuji it is but a short walk from Nara Kintetsu station and a short taxi ride from JR Nara station. Built in the Meiji period the main part of the hotel is over 100 years old, has been restored to its sumptious glory. Founded in 1909 to serve as the premier guest house in the Kansai region for visiting dignitaries. It has accomodated many guests during the course of its history, imbuing its tranquil setting among the hills of Nara Park with a tangible sense of legend. Through the Meiji, Taisho, Showa, and Heisei eras, the hotel's elegant beauty has grown more pronounced with the passage of time. One can take in the elegant architecture and get a sense of the history of the hotel and what it has seen over the decades.
Room rates vary, but can go from 14,000 yen for a single, up to 29,000 yen a night for a twin room. The hotel has many modern facilities such as conference rooms, banquet rooms. Many weddings are being conducted at the hotel also. In recent years a new wing has been added to the hotel, giving guests an extra level of comfort. There are several restaurants in the hotel, including Japanese, French cuisine, a coffee lounge and a bar. Enjoy the exquisite ambience of the main dining room Mikasa, and the Japanese restaurant, Hanagiku. Famous guests who have stayed at the hotel include Charlie Chaplin, former US president Richard Nixon, Audrey Hepburn and the Dalai Lama of Tibet.
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I'm 49 years young and come from Auckland, New Zealand. I have now lived in Japan about 25 years, almost the entire time has been spent in the Kansai area. I originally lived in Takamatsu, Kagawa prefecture in 1987 and then moved to Osaka. Spending a few years in Osaka and when I married I moved to South Kyoto/Nara. I have been teaching English at several universities for a few years and since 2007 have been living in Nara. I realised after living here a while that I didn't really know much about the area I have been living in. My usual routine was to go in a straight line between home and work, and a beer on the way home. I have found some great little drinking spots and bars in my travels. Getting involved with Japan Tourist it has offered me the opportunity to go out and explore my neigborhood and to share my adventures as someone who has made Japan my home for 25 years. I hope that through Japan Tourist people will come to see the real Japan and learn a little more about the Nara I have come to know that you won't really learn about in guide books.