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Our 2nd stay here. This is a wonderful Ryokan in the Deer Park. The location is really great; its in the deer park but its also near enough to walk to the shopping street and the main attractions in Nara, e.g. the Todaiji. The Ryokan...More
Wonderful stay, with extremely helpful staff. Meals were all incredible, including their seasonal specialty, the Wakanusa-nabe. The location is wonderful, right in the center of Nara park, with deer on your doorstep. Would definitely recommend this Ryokan as one of the best in the region....More
We loved this place! Rooms surrounded by nature, deers walking right in front of the window. The service and food were outstanding. If you didin't try a Japanese bath before "onsen" - it will be a good oportunity to have it here! AND don't be...More
It's not easy to book this Ryokan as the website is only in Japanese but the hour it took us to figure out how to complete the form was worth every minute. I will let the pictures here speak for themselves and just say that...More
Edosan is a few small traditional buildings scattered in Nara park. It is IN Nara's most important sightseeing location. We walked there 20 min from Nara JR station down the main shopping street (you may want to take taxi but I prefer to experience the...More
We used Google Translate to understand the booking page on one screen window with a other window open on the site in Japanese. Filling in the reservation form boxes was straightforward except for the one where you have to... More
We used Google Translate to understand the booking page on one screen window with a other window open on the site in Japanese. Filling in the reservation form boxes was straightforward except for the one where you have to enter your name in Chinese. Again we used Google Translate to create a Chinese name transliteration and pasted that in. We looked up international dialling patterns online as if we were dialling our own number from Japan and used that along with email address for contact details.
At the bottom of the form was a space for comments so we put a respectful short message in Japanese (again using Google Translate) followed by the key elements of the booking in English.
The reservation form was accepted (be prepared for an, 'are you sure you want to send this' message after you click on the submit button.
The next day we received a clear message in English from the hotel manager confirming that the reservation could be made if we sent credit card details. We did and the reservation was made.
We are looking forward to visiting and are expecting an experience that is special precisely because it is very Japanese rather than because it conforms to international norms. In that sense the hour it took us to figure out all of the quirks of the website were the first part of the whole experience! Hope I haven't spoiled that for you too...
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"Make sure to take a stroll after dinner, while the futons are being prepared. Buy extra cookies for the deer..."