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Guest House Nara Komachi
Ranked #2 of 35 Specialty lodging in Nara
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“Wonderful!”
Reviewed September 12, 2010

We booked this because hotels in Kyoto on saturday nights double their rates...We were absolutely surprised by how comfortable this guesthouse was. It is a little tricky to find if you don't have the address in Japanese (we took the taxi from the Nara Kintetsu station). It is very near the main shopping/restaurant (sanjodori).
The owner, Kyoko, is lovely and so accommodating with anything you need. The futon mattresses aren't the most comfortable by western standards, but after a long day you still get a good night's sleep. The rooms are modern & well designed, and surprisingly soundproof.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with family
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Helsinki, Finland
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Reviewed August 14, 2010

I have traveled around Japan quite a lot and can say with conviction that the Guest House Nara Komachi ranks among the best hotels I've seen in Japan - or anywhere else, at that. The rooms are immaculate, furnished with big LCD TVs, a shower and a toilet (they are separated from the rooms by a glass door and a curtain - a somewhat unique layout, but it works surprisingly well). The staff is friendly and speak excellent English, there's a kitchen for the guests and two computers.
It has probably one of the best price/value ratio I've seen in Japan. Highly recommendable.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with friends
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Paris, France
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Reviewed August 6, 2010

This is a nice hostel, with a very kind staff.The dorm is well equipped (tv, showers, lockers...) and extremely clean, like the whole guesthouse.Besides, you have free internet and a little kitchen where you can make your own meal.
Moreover, the guesthouse is located next to the JR station, and not far from the Nara park.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Reviewed June 18, 2010

I'm more of a hotel traveller than a hostel kind of guy but though I would give this one a try.

The 'guest house' is pretty close to the train station in Nara but off the beaten path (so to speak). Nara is generally a quiet town anyway. The tourist people at the train station in Nara were very helpful with directions on how to get around.

The woman that works at the guest house was outstanding. Her English is exceptional, and she was very pleasant to deal with. True Japanese friendliness. She recommeded an excellent restaurant to me as well.

I booked a room for myself (not a shared accommodation). The room was just down the hall from the front desk on the main floor. I was worried it would be noisy but I didn't hear a thing. It very clean, the bed was very comfortable and the bathroom, although small, functional and private. One thing lacking was a mirror in the bathroom but they had one in the room that I was able to use. The bed (it was a "western" bed) was comfortable and either a double or queen size.

Probably the only sort of negative thing I would have to say (and I use the word negative with some hesitation) was that the room was very "steril". White on white. But hey, I just was looking for a clean comfortable place to sleep and it definitely came through.

As this was a guest house, I had to "rent" my bath towel. No big deal. It did have soap and shampoo in the shower. There are free kiosk computers in the lobby as well as a small community kitchen.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled solo
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed June 6, 2010

I stayed at the Guest House Nara Komachi with my girlfriend during Golden Week in 2010. It is a small, brand-new hostel, tucked away on a quiet side street close to the JR station, staffed and owned (and cleaned!) by a young Japanese couple. The rooms are humble but spotless and efficiently furnished with a desk (+ethernet jack for free internet), flat screen TV, shower, toilet and bunk bed. I hadn't slept in a bunk bed since I was a kid in summer camp; it was a charming change of pace from the glitzy hotels we used in the rest of our trip.

Clearly, the Guest House is not meant for the luxury traveler--it has no restaurant, no room service, no bell boys and no concierge (although the owner, after helping with your luggage, will happily draw you a map marked with his favorite izakayas). But it is also by no means a place only for backpackers and college kids. Anyone who wants an inexpensive, clean place to rest their head and would prefer to do so in a colorful mom-and-pop hostel rather than a sterile business hotel will find just what they need at the Guest House Komachi. I would stay there again in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled on business
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Property: Guest House Nara Komachi
Address: 41-2 Surugamachi, Nara 630-8357, Nara Prefecture
Location: Japan > Kinki > Nara Prefecture > Nara
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Ranked #2 of 35 Specialty lodging in Nara
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Hotel Class:2 star — Guest House Nara Komachi 2*
Number of rooms: 9
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