As the chain hotel under the luxury brand of Nikko Hotels International, staying at the Hotel Nikko Nara is guaranteed to be sophisticated and unforgettable. Imbued with the rich historical values of Nara, the hotel's strategic location grants all guests quick access to several of Japan’s oldest grand shrines, fine gardens, and renowned artworks—all of which makes for picturesque social media feeds or picture album!
Flanked by striking views of Kōfuku Five-Storied Pagoda and 342-metre-high Mount Wakakusa, each of the 330 guest rooms in this 10-storey Hotel Nikko Nara has been appropriately themed according to Nara's religious/cultural vibes: with the stylistic touches of decorative Buddhist scriptures and kojiki, or ancient Buddhist records, to add on to the Zen feeling of the room. you will definitely have many a good night's sleep here! Available room types to consider are:
Standard fixtures found in these air-conditioned rooms include a telephone, flat-screen LCD TV with satellite broadcasting, refrigerator, Japanese green tea set, safety box, electric pot, Melamine cups, air freshener, shoehorn, and high-quality Simmons mattresses.
As for the amenities you will find in your en-suite bathroom, they include complimentary toiletries, hairdryer, heated showers, bidet, nightwear, towels, cloth brush, cotton swabs, slippers, and safety razor.
For travellers in bigger groups, opt for the Suite Room which comes with separate living room areas and an extra shower cubicle in the en-suite, while guests travelling with the physically disabled would find it a more pleasant and convenient stay in the Universal Room, which features wider entrance doors to admit wheelchairs, handrails and a non-slip bathroom mat, shower chairs, and even an emergency alarm buzzer just in case.
On the other hand, the Concept Room accentuates Nara's history and mimics that timeless bygone era befitting the prefecture's World Heritage sites like the Kinpusen-ji, Todai-ji, Kōfuku-ji, and Kasuga Taisha temples.
Finally, the Character Room is distinctly decorated with the city's mascot: a deer called Roku with many other colourful figures, this room is definitely a great choice for those travelling with children!
In addition, the hotel offers several facilities for the use of all guests, these include a public bath and karaoke rooms on the sixth floor, concierge, luggage storage, 24-hour automated currency exchange machine, 24-hour front desk, beverage vending machine, designated smoking area, on-site shops, and barber/beauty shop.
The hotel also provides other services with additional charges, such as a private massage, trouser press, dry cleaning, and meeting or banquet equipment, along with a nightly fee of vehicle parking at JPY 1200 (around S$15) in the 217 available lots on B1 and B2 floors.
Besides all these facilities, the hotel also offers an on-site library, called the Koyomi Library, which houses many scripts and visual collections about Nara's history and culture: a haven for those seeking a quiet space or looking to enlighten themselves about this whimsical prefecture.
After reading up about Nara in the library, you may wish to visit some of these aforementioned places. Hotel Nikko Nara offers a bicycle rental service in two options to suit any budget or personal preference: ordinary bicycles at JPY 800/day (around S$10) or electric power-assisted ones at JPY 1,500/day (around S$19)—both usable from 7:00am to 7:00pm and are available in limited units, so be sure to rent one early before they're all snapped up for the day.
Hotel Nikko Nara offers a loyalty program called One Harmony membership program for guests to join for free. Anyone registered can use it at all branches under Nikko Hotels International, Okura Hotels & Resorts, and Nikko JAL City. Earn points and get staying benefits with it, like express check-ins or even early bird discounts.
If you’re interested in booking your stay at Hotel Nikko Nara for your upcoming trip, take note that the nearest airport is Itami Airport or Osaka International Airport, just a 55-minute drive (46km) away from the hotel.
As for attractions near the hotel, consider the well-known Nara Park, where you can openly stroll with tame deer. This surreal and whimsical park is a short 11-minute drive (2.5km) away. Another famous attraction would be the Todaiji Temple, or the Great Eastern Temple, famous for its towering 15-metre tall bronze Buddha statue, a slightly longer 13-minute drive (3.5km) away from the hotel.