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Guesthouse Narakomachi

2.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Our family of 4 stayed 3 nights in a very compact Japanese-style room with 3 futons and a bunk-bed, so cleverly designed that it felt spacious despite being maybe 10 square meters in size. The private bath's shower had better water-pressure than we've got at home, and there was a new big-screen TV, plus 4 oversized zabuton seats that could be stored on wall racks when not in use. The communal kitchen, refrigerator, and lobby area were some of the best I've experienced--and I've stayed at a lot of hostels! The coin laundry is about a 5-min. walk, and features washers that provide their own detergent (all instructions in Japanese; no change machine; takes 300 yen per load of wash and about 300 yen--3 cycles--to completely dry). It's about a 5-6 min. walk to JR Nara Station and convenience stores; about 15 min. walk to Nara Park. The Guesthouse Nara Komachi hosts were extremely friendly and helpful, and spoke English reasonably well. Highly recommended!

The receptionist was very helpful in terms of giving recommendations. The room is small but it had everything that we needed during our stay. Would love to go back and stay there next time we visit Nara. Good location, walking distance from the train station.

Our room was very cleverly designed, so despite the floor area being small, there were two chairs, a work top along one of the walls, plus a shower, all singing and dancing toilet, ample plug points, lighting etc etc. One reason there was enough space was because the room had bunk beds. This didn't cause us any problems, but I imagine for people with mobility problems this would be a nuisance - so only 4 stars. The staff are extremely pleasant and speak English very well, and downstairs there's a little kitchen and free tea. All in all, far better than we expected for budget accommodation.

Had a double room for 2 nights in July, fairly compact but big enough for our rucksacks etc. Hired 2 bikes for the day for next to nothing which was a great help as we managed to get around everything we wanted to without sweating too much as it was absolutely boiling! Staff very helpful when i wasn't feeling so good and gave us directions and info for the nearest pharmacy. Also in a great location about 5 mins walk from the station. Would stay here again.

Loved the design of this Ryokan, making super efficient use of a small place for everything from the shower/bathroom to the bunk beds. We had a 4-bed room for the family and we all loved how "thought-through" all the facilities were - need a light/somewhere to put your cell phone in the bed - it is there! Shared kitchen with free coffee/tea and a fridge/freezer. Very close to train station and then ~30 minute walk to the pagodas/deer past a shopping street/arcade

Relatively small yet well appointed and smart rooms. About the same size room we had in Tokyo, yet clearly more recently designed and constructed (all felt brand new). Room itself was good; very clean, great shower and a large bed (bit too soft). Staff was very helpful with everything. Located pretty much across the street from the JR station; great when you arrive and leave there, but it's a bit of a walk to all the highlights in Nara park.

Fairly basic but comfortable, clean and well equipped wee place. Owner/ manager was friendly and welcoming and took time out on arrival to give advice on where to go and what to see. Nice welcoming atmosphere in the guest house and seemed popular with families too. No complaints.

We stayed here for a night and borrowed 2 bicycles which were in very good condition. The rooms were newly refurbished but the upper bunk bed was a bit scary getting in and out of. Friendly staff with good English. A good recommendation to stay in Nara.

We stayed 3 nights here, and it was such a pleasant stay. Cozy, comfortable, and of course super clean! Bathtowel, bathsoap, shampoo, conditioner and small glasses were provided too. The kitchen was fully furnished: the utensils and spices. Electric cooker, microwave and toaster were provided. Hot and cold water were provided for free. We made instant noodle for our breakfast one time. The receptionist spoke good English, especially the guy. The location is very closed to JR station, about 7' walk. Some restaurants are nearby, but we tried only Matsunoya. Inside the JR station, you can find lots of restaurants, and we found a good bakery called 'Vie de France' there too. Just a small problem for us was the sink. It was too small for brushing our teeth. The water was easily flowing down and made the floor wet. The floor mat wasn't adequate to absorb the water. The tap water of the sink was only cold water. Bathroom had hot and cold water. Finally, we decided to brush our teeth inside the bathroom using warm water. When we have the chance to visit Nara, we'll definitely come back to this guest house. The atmosphere made us feel at home!

My wife and I stayed here for one night, after staying in Kyoto and before going to Koyasan. If we come back to Nara we'll stay here again. Location: Excellent for a short stay as it is 5 mins walk from JR Nara station. Room: As in the pictures from TA: clean, small but everything efficiently packed in so it does not feel cramped at all. We came in March so were worried it would be cold, but had no problems and did not need the air conditioning in the night: the glass screens separating bathroom and bedroom let in all the light but shield you from any cold from the external wall and only window. Shower was hot and the pressure was high. Staff: Couldn't have asked for more. Both the lady in the morning and guy in the evening were extremely helpful with my questions and attentive to detail. Their English was also very good. The staff are certainly of a higher level than what you may expect from 2* accommodation and the price.

41-2 Surugamachi Nara Nara-ken

Hotel highlights

  • Close to Kofuku-ji Shrine and Nara National Museum
  • Free WiFi and wired Internet in rooms and public areas

Guesthouse Narakomachi places you within a mile (2 km) of popular attractions like Kofuku-ji Shrine and Nara National Museum. This 9-room guesthouse welcomes guests with conveniences like free in-room WiFi and dry cleaning/laundry services. Located centrally in Nara, it's also close to Todaiji Temple and Nara Park.


The 9 rooms are air-conditioned and have desks. 32-inch LCD TVs come with digital channels, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi and wired Internet. Beds sport down comforters and bathrooms offer rainfall showers, hair dryers, and bidets.

Property features

Guesthouse Narakomachi features free WiFi in public areas and a TV in a common area. Front-desk staff can assist with dry cleaning/laundry, luggage storage, and securing valuables.

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

91.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 191 reviews