Monday, April 27, 2015

Where to stay in Japan? Nara Hotel

Nara Hotel - A promise of Real Japanese Hospitality

The Nara Hotel is one of the historically richest places that I have had the pleasure of visiting and I would highly recommend it to anyone planning a trip to the Nara prefecture in Japan. I chose the Nara Hotel for few different reasons:

The rich, cultural history of the hotel
The ancient city of Nara with over 1300 year of history
Location, and
Proximity to local attractions

If you’re going to visit Japan, stop over at the Nara Hotel for an unforgettable experience. When I first arrived in Nara, the sheer size of the city amazed me. Perhaps I was initially small-minded in what I had expected to find, but, I assure you, the experience was a pleasant and surprising in so many ways and a memory that I will not soon forget. While the city of Nara provides a bounty of sight-seeing opportunities, my primary reason for visiting surrounded the Nara Park area and its numerous historical temples.

 Much like the rest of Japan, Nara is literally steeped in the cultural history and it’s the decadent beauty oozes in every direction drawing me into both the 1300 year old city as well as its renowned hotel. Built over 100 years ago, the hotel’s architecture speaks for itself, offering high coffered ceilings and interior designs that allows you to step back in time and surround yourself in the richness of the bygone eras of this ancient city’s past. The hotel, itself, was modeled after an ancient Japanese castle, which is another wonderful attribute that piqued my interest. 

Over its history, the Nara Hotel has been widely respected for its beautiful architecture and design as well as its prominent location in a reclusive corner of the beautiful and historical Nara Park. So respected is the Nara Hotel that since its opening, it has been frequented by a number of both political and royal dignitaries as well as historical figures from around the globe.

If your stay at the Nara Hotel is more for business than for pleasure, then the hotel has you covered. With six different banquet rooms that are available for use, for whatever your function, you can’t go wrong. Nara Hotel is happy to host your convention, wedding, or any other celebration you choose.

Since Nara Park is surrounded by the infamous Japanese cherry blossom trees, the view that you receive will depend on the time of year that you choose to visit the Nara Hotel. In the spring, cherry blossom trees abound in full bloom, though only for a short while. The park provides a scenic place to kick back your feet, relax, and take it all in. However, if you’re anything like me, autumn foliage calls your name each year and Nara’s bounty of visual candy will certainly tantalize your senses and leave them begging for more.

If Nara Park is not enough stimulation during your stay, fret not. There are plenty of sights to see and places to visit in Nara as well as its surrounding community. Nara Park also offers up four temples and a museum for your adventuring pleasure and all within a short five minute walk from the hotel. If you don’t mind walking a little further, the Kasuga Taisha Shrine sits a mere 20 minutes away by foot. However, expand even further out and additional sight-seeing options present themselves in bountiful delight. 

When it comes to dining, the Nara Hotel takes the cake. They offer two primary restaurants, which cater to two different cuisines: French and Japanese. Additionally, they also offer both a tea lounge as well as a bar in an effort to provide a little bit of something for everyone. Don’t worry about special attire for this kind of dining, so long as you are not wearing sandals or the traditional Japanese summer kimono known as the yukata, feel free to dress comfortably.

If you’re looking for a place to bring the whole family, Nara Hotel also welcomes children. However, it is preferred that they be accompanied by an adult, which would make sense anywhere else that you stay as well. 

In my opinion, the Nara Hotel and its surrounding community provide for a traveler’s paradise. It is one of the many aspects that I loved so much about my visit here. My only regret is that my trip was much too short this time around. However, now that I have my Nara adventure running through my mind, I strongly suspect I will return.

There are times when I plan my travels according to the adventure that I seek, the sights that I long to visit, and a love of deep, rich history. At other times, my travels take me down the path to tranquility and the promise of relaxation. Nara Hotel and its surrounding communities offer a little bit of both. With that said, regardless of what you aim to achieve, whether for business or pleasure, tranquility or adventure, come alone, or bring the whole family. Nara Hotel is certain to please all. As for me, I am already busy pre-planning my next adventure and who knows where it will ultimately lead me. For more details about Nara Hotel, You can click on any photos below. They will bring you to the hotel's website.