Hotel New Wakasa
630-8274 Nara, Nara, Kitahanda Higashimachi 1, Japan – Great location - show map
A 12-minute walk from the Kintetsu Nara Train Station, Hotel New Wakasa offers Japanese-style rooms with tatami (woven-straw) flooring. A spacious public bath and foot bath is available for guests to relax in. Free luggage before and after check-in is available on site. Free WiFi is available at the entire building.
The air-conditioned rooms feature Japanese futon bedding and a separate seating area. Each provides a flat-screen TV, a refrigerator, and an electric kettle with green tea bags. The en suite bathroom includes a hairdryer.
Guests can go to the roof terrace for a beautiful view of the Mount Wakakusa and the Todaiji Temple. A private spa pool with the same view can be requested with an extra cost.
A Japanese dinner and breakfast are served in the dining room.
New Wakasa Hotel is an 5-minute walk from the Todaiji Temple, and a 15-minute walk from the Nara Park. It is also an 8-minute walk from Isuien and an 80-minute bus ride from Kansai Airport. The property provides free guided tours in English to guests as a service. English maps and information are available on site as well.
This property is a ryokan, which is a type of traditional Japanese Inn. Learn more
- What is a ryokan?
- A ryokan is a traditional Japanese inn. They usually feature public baths, multi-course dinners, communal spaces where guests can relax, and rooms with woven-straw flooring and futon mats. Like hotels, a range of ryokans (from budget to luxury) is available. What originated centuries ago as a free rest house for long-distance travellers has evolved into a popular destination for relaxation in therapeutic mineral springs.
- What are the major differences between a ryokan and a hotel?
- Unlike a hotel, where the guest room is simply a place to turn in for the night, a ryokan is more than just an accommodation place to sleep. In Japan, many travellers journey long distances solely for the purpose of relaxing in a hot spring bath and feasting on a traditional multi-course dinner – thus making staying at a ryokan an experience in and of itself. These ryokans typically have Japanese-style rooms with woven-straw flooring and futon beds, instead of Western beds and carpeting. In addition, you remove your shoes at the entrance of the accommodation, or before you enter the room. Modern ryokan may serve buffet-style meals in a dining area, while a more traditional ryokan serves in-room dinners. Some ryokan rooms may come with a private bathroom, while others will only have a shared public bathroom.
- What is a kaiseki meal?
- Kaiseki is the culinary highlight at a ryokan, embodied in beautifully presented dishes that delight both the palate and the eyes. Each of the 10 to 15 dishes that make up the multi-course Japanese dinner is prepared in such a way that highlights the unique textures, colours, and flavours of the featured seasonal ingredients and local specialties. Served most commonly at special restaurants and ryokan, a traditional kaiseki dinner usually consists of bite-sized appetizers, fresh sashimi (raw fish), soup, grilled fish or meat, a hot pot dish, rice with miso soup, and a small dessert.
- What is a yukata?
- Yukata is a casual summer kimono typically made of light cotton. Many ryokans offer guests yukata robes during their stay. In some areas, it is common to see guests strolling through the neighbourhood in their yukata. The loose-fitting garment is perfect for relaxing and sleeping in.
- How to wear a yukata
- First, put your arms through the sleeves like you would with a shirt. Take the right side of the yukata and wrap it across your body. Then take the left side and wrap it over the right, making sure that the robe is levelled at your ankle. Pinning the yukata closed on the right side, wrap the sash around your waist a couple of times and then tie a bow. Generally, the bow is tied around the waist for women, and the hips for men.
- What is a Japanese hot spring (onsen)?
- Onsen (literally ‘hot spring’) is a term often used to refer to both the mineral-rich hot springs and the bathing facilities that house them. Whether the bath is public or private, gender-segregated or mixed, indoor or outdoor, soaking and unwinding in the soothing geothermal waters at an onsen is a millennia-old custom deeply embedded in Japanese culture.
- Bathing procedures and etiquette
- At a public bath – onsen or not – guests are expected to shed all their clothes in their respective changing rooms before entering the bathing area. As a common courtesy, once inside the bathing area, guests should wash and rinse their bodies thoroughly before quietly stepping into the hot water. Whether you relax in solitude or converse softly with others is up to you, but guests should always be mindful of others. Wash towels are often used to cover one’s private areas while walking around. However, note that you must not put towels in the water.
- Why are tattoos not allowed?
- While tattoos have become more popular among the youth of Japan, many Japanese people still associate them with outlaws and organized crime. Nowadays, not all businesses ban customers with tattoos, but you may still be refused admission to public baths and swimming pools. Small tattoos may be covered up using waterproof plasters, but keep in mind that each property has the final say on what’s acceptable.
This is our guests' favourite part of Nara, according to independent reviews.
Couples particularly like the location — they rated it 9.1 for a two-person trip.
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- Hi, I’m Aini. I want to ask about the meal. For religious reason, we prefer vegetarian meals, is it possible for that? And do you have private onsen?We have vegetarian meal. And we have private onsen.Answered on 5 April 2022
- Is the room have private outdoor hot pool?There are some rooms.Answered on 6 September 2019
- Do you cater for any allergy or food preferences?It corresponds. Please inform us in advance of the date of accommodation.Answered on 6 September 2019
- What time do I have to arrive for dinner?Last dinner start time is PM 7:00 please.Answered on 6 September 2019
- What time are the communal baths available?It's PM 4:00 start.Answered on 6 September 2019
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16:00 - 19:30
Guests are required to show a photo identification and credit card upon check-in
08:00 - 10:00
Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodation type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check the conditions of your required room.
Entry to the property will be closed between the hours of 00:00 and 05:30
Children and beds
Children of any age are welcome.
Children aged 2 years and above are considered adults at this property.
To see correct prices and occupancy information, please add the number of children in your group and their ages to your search.
Cot and extra bed policies
No cots or extra beds are available.
No age restriction
There is no age requirement for check-in
Hotel New Wakasa accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.
Parties/events are not allowed
Guests must be quiet between 22:00 and 06:00.
Pets are not allowed.
The fine print
Extra charges apply for guests travelling with children of 2 to 12 years of age. Please contact the property directly for more detail.
In accordance with government guidelines to minimise transmission of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), this property may request additional documentation from guests to validate identity, travel itinerary and other relevant information, during dates where such guidelines exist.
In response to Coronavirus (COVID-19), additional safety and sanitation measures are in effect at this property.
Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), this property is taking steps to help protect the safety of guests and staff. Certain services and amenities may be reduced or unavailable as a result.
Guests with tattoos may not be permitted to use the property’s public bathing areas or other facilities where the tattoos might be visible to other guests.
Please inform Hotel New Wakasa in advance of your expected arrival time. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly with the contact details provided in your confirmation.
Guests must check in by 19:00 to eat dinner at this property. Guests who check in after this time may not be served dinner, and no refund will be given.
Guests are required to show a photo identification and credit card upon check-in. Please note that all Special Requests are subject to availability and additional charges may apply.
This property will not accommodate hen, stag or similar parties.
FAQs about Hotel New Wakasa
Check-in at Hotel New Wakasa is from 16:00, and check-out is until 10:00.
Hotel New Wakasa is 1.7 miles from the centre of Nara.
Guests staying at Hotel New Wakasa can enjoy a highly-rated breakfast during their stay (guest review score: 10.0).
Breakfast option(s) include:
Room options at Hotel New Wakasa include:
Yes, there is a hot tub. You can find out more about this and the other facilities at Hotel New Wakasa on this page.
From the nearest airport, you can get to Hotel New Wakasa by:
- Airport shuttle (public) 1h 20min
Hotel New Wakasa offers the following activities / services (charges may apply):
- Spa and wellness centre
- Hot tub/Jacuzzi
- Golf course (within 3 km)
- Tour or class about local culture
- Open-air bath
- Walking tours
- Spa facilities
- Live music/performance
- Public Bath
- Temporary art galleries
- Foot bath
- Themed dinner nights
- Spa/wellness packages
- Full body massage
- Massage chair
- Entertainment staff
Yes, Hotel New Wakasa is popular with guests booking family stays.
The prices at Hotel New Wakasa may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates you select, hotel's policy etc.). See the prices by entering your dates.
Hotel New Wakasa has 2 restaurants: