Finding an ideal romantic ryokan in Nara does not have to be difficult. Welcome to Hotel New Wakasa, a nice option for travelers like you.
You’ll enjoy relaxing rooms that offer a flat screen TV, air conditioning, and a refrigerator, and you can stay connected during your stay as Hotel New Wakasa offers guests free wifi.
The ryokan features a 24 hour front desk, shops, and baggage storage. Plus, Hotel New Wakasa offers a hot tub, providing a pleasant respite from your busy day. For guests with a vehicle, free parking is available.
For those interested in checking out popular landmarks while visiting Nara, Hotel New Wakasa is located a short distance from Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall (0.3 mi) and Kofuku-ji Temple (0.4 mi).
While in Nara be sure to experience local dim sum favorites at Tabemonoya Chikin.
Should time allow, Nara Park, Todai-ji Temple, and Nara National Museum are some popular attractions that are within walking distance.
Hotel New Wakasa puts the best of Nara at your fingertips, making your stay both relaxing and enjoyable.
I really loved our stay here - we were after a more traditional Japanese style stay during our trip and this did not disappoint. We elected to have a kaseki style dinner and japanese breakfast and loved it. The staff were very friendly and attentive as well. I enjoyed the public baths while my partner enjoyed the private bath on our balcony. We elected for a larger room and it was incredibly spacious! the largest room by far during our two week trip in Japan. The hotel also organised a free english tour with the nara guides who are volunteers.
We had a lovely time at this hotel. The staff were incredibly friendly and attentive. We stayed in a Japanese style room which was comfortable and spacious. A short trip on a bus from JR station, and only 10 minute walk away from the main sights at Nara Park. Only 15 minute walk away from the main restaurants and bars of the city. Every evening, we were welcomed back to the hotel with hot towels and yuzu tea. We used the private onsen while we were here and it was a lovely experience. On checkout, we were gifted with some sweets, postcards and a photo of us that had been taken on arrival. Very sweet and overall excellent experience.
This hotel provided a great welcome to Japan. Immediately on arrival, we were shown to the top floor viewing terrace where we got a spectacular view of the nearby Nara fireworks. The room was quirky, including its own mini onsen/hot tub on the balcony. There were two good sized, low set beds, a living room with fridge and smallish bathroom with a very modern toilet. The reception was large and offered a wide range of Nara/deer related items for sake, including deer food. Just off reception were the public onsens for all guests, together with a free coffee machine. The staff were amazingly helpful, providing recommendations for various restaurants and walking routes to best enjoy Nara.
Really good location for Nara park, you are in the park within 5 mins of leaving the hotel. And the food here was really excellent, I mean REALLY excellent. We ate in 3 one star and 1 two star Michelin restaurants while we were in Japan - and the kanseki dinner at New Wakasa was better than the meal we paid over £100 for in a 2 star restaurant in Kyoto! Second night we had sakiyuri wagyu beef, again really excellent! Public onsen is lovely. Rooftop onsen is a really not! It’s a rather small and pokey room on the rooftop, with windows that don't open and a small spa tub that really wasn;t big enough for my wife and I to share. They charge 2000 yen for 50 mins in here, and even though we hired it at sunset (and the window is west facing) I would say it is not worth it. But that is my only criticism! Room was lovely, with a big window - seamlessly turned round morning and evening with the beds put out, and a nice shower and bath (though we preferred the very nice public onsen on the ground floor). We paid a bit extra for a larger room and mountain view, and that felt like it was the right decision. I would not hesitate to recommend this hotel if you are looking for somewhere to stay in Nara, and DO book dinner, as it is the best hotel/ryokan dinner we had anywhere in Japan, and better than nearly all the restaurants we went to!…
I chose the largest room with a private tub and view of the city. The room was billed as sleeping five people. When I rented the room I inadvertently listed two guests instead or three. I corrected the error the next day, months before out stay. The hotel confirmed three guests. A few days before arrival I got an e-mail offering us a "free upgrade" to a different room at their annex hotel. The hotel said our room might be too small. I had a Japanese speaker call the hotel to make sure we got the room I expected. When we arrived the room was not ready so we had them store our luggage. When we returned at 6:30pm they said we owed $190.00 for an additional person. Our room did not include dinner so I explained that an extra charge made no sense. I immediately went on their website and saw a much cheaper price for the same room than they were telling me, I pointed out the discrepancy. They could not explain where the $190.00 came from other than to say three guests and special deal. I reminded them that they had offered me a free upgrade a few days prior and clearly knew we had three people. I had to call Orbitz (another hassle) at my expense to get it worked out. By now it was 7:30pm and I had an expensive phone bill to add to the misery. I have stayed at true Ryokans and understand the per person charge when meals are included in the price. In my opinion this was a scam, the hotel is not an authentic Ryokan experience. In addition, the breakfast was far below expectations It's sad, since the room is actually nice. I will never return.…