Deer Guesthouse
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8.6
Excellent
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9.2
Exceptional
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Exceptional location - Inside city center
Popular neighborhood
  • Mochiidono Center Gai90 m
  • Naramachi110 m
  • Ikedagankodo210 m
  • The Nara Episcopal Church220 m
  • Tamura Seihoen230 m
  • Space Roku -The 3rd Street-230 m
  • Jissun260 m
  • Sarusawa Tourist Information Office260 m
  • Higashimuki Shopping Street280 m
  • Nara Visitor Center & Inn280 m
  • Free Wi-Fi

    Deer Guesthouse

    36 Tsubai-cho, Nara, Nara, Japan, 630-8343 - See map
    "The location is excellent, 5 minutes from the train station and also Nara park."
    David - August 3, 2018
    Exceptional reputation
    Recommended by 92% of guests
    Exceptional service
    9.0 rating for service
    • 420 meters to public transportation

    • Located in heart of Nara

    • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

    • Air conditioning

    • Daily housekeeping

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    Review score - United States
    9.5/10
    Location score
    9.2/10
    Value for money score
    8.9/10
    Service score
    9.0/10
    Better than
    96
    %
    of Nara properties
    Better than
    92
    %
    of Nara properties
    Better than
    91
    %
    of Nara properties
    Better than
    87
    %
    of Nara properties
    Value for money8.9
    Distance to city center0.2 KM
    Location rating9.2
    Nearest airportOsaka International Airport (ITM)
    Distance to airport37.4 km

    Rooms available at Deer Guesthouse

    2 People in 10-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
    2 People in 10-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
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    • Room size: 21 m²/226 ft²
    • City view
    • 5 bunk beds
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    Mixed Dormitory
    Mixed Dormitory
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    • Room size: 21 m²/226 ft²
    • City view
    • 4 bunk beds
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    2 People in 8-Bed Dormitory - Female Only
    2 People in 8-Bed Dormitory - Female Only
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    • Room size: 10 m²/108 ft²
    • City view
    • 4 bunk beds
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    Dormitory -- Female Only
    Dormitory -- Female Only
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    • Room size: 16 m²/172 ft²
    • City view
    • 4 bunk beds
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    Japanese Room
    Japanese Room
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    • City view
    • Non-smoking
    • 1 futon
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    Bed in 8-Bed Female Dormitory Room
    Bed in 8-Bed Female Dormitory Room
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    • Room size: 16 m²/172 ft²
    • Shared bathroom
    • 1 bunk bed
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    2 Bunk Beds in Female Dormitory Room
    2 Bunk Beds in Female Dormitory Room
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    • Shared bathroom
    • 2 bunk beds
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    2 Bunk Beds in Mixed Dormitory Room
    2 Bunk Beds in Mixed Dormitory Room
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    • Shared bathroom
    • 2 bunk beds
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    Economy Single Room
    Economy Single Room
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    • Shared bathroom
    • 1 single bed
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    Standard Single Room
    Standard Single Room
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    • Non-smoking
    • Kitchenette
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    What people love about Deer Guesthouse

    • 8.8
      Excellent
      Staff 

      "The staff was really friendly."

      Jennifer

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      December 30, 2017

    • 9.2
      Exceptional

      "Facility ok"

      Wen

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      November 22, 2018

    • 10.0
      Exceptional
      Location

      "the place is strategically located near the tourist spots and stores."

      Jomil

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      October 30, 2018

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    8.8
    Excellent

    "The hostel was very near Kintetsu Nara Station and the food..."

    Jennifer

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    December 30, 2017

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    9.6
    Exceptional

    "The best thing is the host."

    Kamol

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    November 27, 2018

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    8.6
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    10
    Cleanliness8.3
    Facilities7.8
    Location9.2
    Service9.0
    Value for money8.9
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    9+ Exceptional (38)
    8-9 Excellent (15)
    7-8 Very Good (11)
    6-7 Good (3)
    <6 Below Expectation (5)
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    1234
    9.2
    Exceptional
    Wen from Malaysia
    Solo traveler
    2 People in 8-Bed Dormitory - Female Only
    Stayed 1 night in November 2018

    The Owner is sooooo friendly & helpful!”

    We leave our luggage after check out,but we cant open the door when we back from sightseeing(door abit problem) Owner rushing back from his dinner.So touching❤️ Cons:Is an old style home like gusethouse,look a bit poor but facilities is good,np.(only 2 bathroom) at night abit noisy No other staff,only owner Yamamoto san.(sometime cant find him😂 Pros is owner is sooooooo friendly & helpful location is good,walking distance from kintesu nara. Facility ok

    Reviewed November 22, 2018
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Jomil from Philippines
    Solo traveler
    Mixed Dormitory
    Stayed 1 night in October 2018

    Exceptional”

    Hard to get inside the property if you don't inform the staff you're arriving early because the check-in time is 3 pm. No staff will be there to open the door before that time. I got lucky a guest came out and I was able to get inside. You can leave your things at the property and come back at 3 pm. Other than that, the place is strategically located near the tourist spots and stores. The staff are also very nice.

    Reviewed October 30, 2018
    9.6
    Exceptional
    Elleonore from Philippines
    Solo traveler
    Dormitory -- Female Only
    Stayed 2 nights in August 2018

    Comfortable Stay”

    If you are looking for a home away from home, I would recommend for you to stay at Deer Guesthouse. The owner is super nice. Even after I checked out, he let me leave my luggage (for FREE) so that I can still visit the Horyuji Temple. When I got back at around 3pm I was sp tired because the weather was so hot, before going out to grab his lunch, he told me that I can rest inside the guesthouse and leave once I feel refreshed/recharged. Compared to other hostels, Deer guesthouse is really hospitable. Others will not allow guests to leave their luggage after check out. Oh, and I slept comfortably here even though this is the simplest hostel I've booked in Japan. Also, the location is super okey. It is near to all the tourists spots in Nara and to train stations as well.

    Reviewed September 08, 2018
    7.6
    Very good
    Anna from Poland
    Solo traveler
    Mixed Dormitory
    Stayed 2 nights in March 2019

    Very good”

    There was no info written on the site, so don't bother coming to the hostel before checking in time. I've waited more than an hour, because no one was there. Bring your own sugar, tea and coffee, cause you won't find any there. I get that travellers eat mostly outside but still it'd be nice not to think about those when travelling.

    Reviewed March 21, 2019
    6.8
    Good
    Regina from Philippines
    Solo traveler
    Mixed Dormitory
    Stayed 1 night in February 2019

    Fine stay”

    We arrived past 10PM so we were asked to pay 300 yen bec reception was only open til 9pm, i think. It was fine tho. Thing is, i don't think there were any heaters here so i slept witg my jacket haha. I like how the guesthouse looked tho! A traditional japanese house turned guesthouse haha. Location is fine, we just walked through all temples and parks from the hostel (leg work out lol). All in all, a fine stay!!

    Reviewed March 14, 2019
    9.2
    Exceptional
    WEI from Malaysia
    Group
    2 People in 10-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
    Stayed 1 night in May 2018

    Staff is helpful and friendly. ”

    Located in the Nara town area, near to shopping street and eatery. Owner Mr. YAMAMOTO is very friendly and helpful, highly recommended to those who want to save money for the trip as it is very budgeted choice.

    Reviewed May 02, 2018
    9.2
    Exceptional
    Chee from Singapore
    Solo traveler
    Dormitory -- Female Only
    Stayed 8 nights in April 2018

    Friendly owner and near to the park”

    Very near to the park. As per everyone's review here, you have a friendly owner. The picture shows the condition of the rooms. Guesthouse environment, spend a night or two and embark to your next destination.

    Reviewed April 11, 2018
    8.8
    Excellent
    Jennifer from Malaysia
    Group
    Dormitory -- Female Only
    Stayed 1 night in November 2017

    Excellent”

    The hostel was very near Kintetsu Nara Station and the food street nearby, so that was a real plus. The staff was really friendly. Limited bathrooms, but clean. During colder season, be prepared as the walkway to the bathroom is not covered, thus chilly.

    Reviewed December 30, 2017
    8.0
    Excellent
    Wendy from Australia
    Solo traveler
    Japanese Room
    Stayed 1 night in November 2017

    Great location and owner”

    The owner is one of the loveliest young men you could hope to meet and is extremely helpful. The kitchen is very well stocked also. I would like to rate this property higher but my personal experience was not a positive one. I think it was made worse because of the room I had. I stayed in the single room which of course increased the price and unfortunately I think it is the worst room in the guesthouse. It’s situated at the front of the property right beside the main lane so it’s also right at the front entrance. The noise from people checking in, chatting in the kitchen, going in and out of the front door constantly, made it impossible to sleep. You need to go out into the open air to use the shower and toilet which are in different areas. If you are looking for a firm style room with good cooking facilities and in a great location then this would probably be perfect.

    Reviewed November 20, 2017
    8.8
    Excellent
    Nobuhide from Japan
    Solo traveler
    Mixed Dormitory
    Stayed 1 night in May 2017

    Excellent”

    Renovated old and small Japanese house conveniently located in the town center of Nara, close to Kintetsu Railway's Nara station and walking distance from JR Lines' Nara station. Communal space is a bit small. Shower booths equipped with shampoo, rinse and liquid soap are available for 24 hrs.

    Reviewed June 06, 2017
    4.8
    kristin from Philippines
    Group
    Dormitory -- Female Only
    Stayed 1 night in November 2018

    Deer time”

    -basic guesthouse with small kitchen -the place is like a maze inside -female dorm looks scary -just for an overnight stay - location is hard to find -you just got what u pay for -smell of the room is not nice

    Reviewed November 13, 2018
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Jianhang from China
    Solo traveler
    Dormitory -- Female Only
    Stayed 1 night in March 2019

    Exceptional”

    Good!

    Reviewed March 02, 2019
    8.0
    Excellent
    HO from Hong Kong
    Solo traveler
    Mixed Dormitory
    Stayed 1 night in December 2018

    close to Nara Downtown ”

    clean and friendly hostel for backpackers good location very close to supermarket and convenience store

    Reviewed December 17, 2018
    9.6
    Exceptional
    Kamol from Thailand
    Solo traveler
    Mixed Dormitory
    Stayed 2 nights in November 2018

    A small yet cozy guesthouse in the heart of Nara”

    The best thing is the host. He is so friendly and will help you with anything you need. There is not much space there so I don’t recommend it for those having large traveling bags.

    Reviewed November 27, 2018
    5.2
    Eunyoung from South Korea
    Family with teens
    2 People in 8-Bed Dormitory - Female Only
    Stayed 1 night in July 2018

    Ok for the price but disappoing at first”

    It was the humblest hostel in Japan I've ever stayed. When I arrived at the hostel at 3 pm, no body answered the door. After ringing the bell 3 times under boiling hot weather after walking 20 min. from Nara Station, a guest opened the door on his way out. Then the owner was not seen anywhere and after saying "hello" several times, he told me to wait. We had to wait in the boiling hot kitchen with airconditioner off for 20 minutes before we were finally shown to our room. I paid about 3000 yen for two at a 8 person female dorm and the door paper was torn. And the gas range was out of order so I could not cook my food. If you just want to sleep, it's ok for the price. Oh, on the way to the guesthouse from Nara Station, I found a small hot spring run by old couples. It cost only 420 yen/person and we went there, which reminded me of the public bath in my childhood days. I had a good time there anyway feeling Nostalgia.

    Reviewed July 18, 2018

    Sorry for inconvenience at this time!! I do everythiong for this guesthouse(I cannot use part time job with this budget price).And I have to do a lot of things. I was cleaning shower room and toilet when you press the bell. That's why I could not give you full service this time. Please understand our situation with this price. but,I feel so sorry at this time again. I will do my best next time.See you next time(^_^)

    Responded July 26, 2018
    Deer Guesthouse
    6.8
    Good
    Audrey from France
    Solo traveler
    Dormitory -- Female Only
    Stayed 1 night in March 2018

    cold and noisy”

    the rooms are separated by paper walls and have access outside so it was very cold and noisy. on top of that the paper walls were damaged and ripped apart, so we could directly see outside. too packed with bunk beds.

    Reviewed March 30, 2018
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Dedi from Indonesia
    Solo traveler
    Mixed Dormitory
    Stayed 2 nights in November 2017

    tldr: If I'm going to have some trip to Nara again, Deer Guesthouse will be my top priority.”

    1) Location 6 minutes walk to the south of Kintetsu Nara Station; Just a couple more minutes of walk to the Nara Park Area, where most of your destination lies; And just a few walks to the shopping centre; the location of Deer Guesthouse is very strategic, indeed. A top priority if you want to visit Nara for your getaway. 2) Cleanliness Top Notch. I don't need to add 3) Staff (or, as I prefer to say them as Owners) The warm welcome, the recommendation for the guests to have a better sightseeing experiences and travelling in Nara, and their friendliness, is just incredible. I personally love having a lot of talks with them (and with other guests too) until late. 4) Facilities. Love the bathroom stall they installed in the house. And, whether you want to cook your own meal, or want to boil some water for your instant noodles (which they sell in the guesthouse, convenient), should you feel it is a little too late to have some late snacks, they provide it all. 5) Value for Money Priceless. Love every minutes I spend here. :)

    Reviewed December 02, 2017
    10.0
    Exceptional
    lee from Taiwan
    Solo traveler
    Mixed Dormitory
    Stayed 4 nights in July 2017

    A home away from home”

    Locating in the most convenient location (3-min walk to Kintetsu Nara Station and the main bus stop and 8-min walk to JR station), Dear Guesthouse is walking distance to major spots such as the Nara National Museum, Nara Art Museum, Koufukuji, and Toudaiji. The Guesthouse is transformed from the traditional house, so you can imagine inside it's not too spacious, but the wooden structure and open kitchen gives the guesthouse a very intimate feeling, and the exquisite Japanese garden in between the front area and the back area is a hidden gem. And the owner (and manager) Yamamoto san is perhaps the biggest reason why the guest feel so much at home. He is funny(a bit of the quirky side), easy-going, generous and helpful and he speaks good English, Chinese, Korean and Spanish (maybe in a lesser extent lol), so no worries about any sort of language barrier.Most of the guests get along pretty well, and the atmosphere is laid back and authentic. I would definitely go back there when I go to Nara again.

    Reviewed August 04, 2017
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Kaya from Canada
    Solo traveler
    Economy Single Room
    Stayed 1 night in June 2017

    I loved it!”

    I felt at home at the Deer Guesthouse! I also had fun chatting with the host of the guesthouse - he's a fun guy. I recommend this place for anyone looking for a budget friendly place to stop by at Nara.

    Reviewed July 13, 2017
    8.0
    Excellent
    Bambang from Indonesia
    Solo traveler
    2 People in 10-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
    Stayed 2 nights in May 2017

    If you plan to stay in Nara Deer Guesthouse is very recommended. ”

    Staying in Deer Guesthouse just like playing a game. If you're lucky you can occupy all (bunk)beds or tatami in the room by yourself (or with your own group). Or, you may not so that lucky, where you have to share with somebody else that make you feel unhappy. But I think you don't need so worried since still there's a chance you'll meet new nice friends.

    Reviewed May 09, 2017
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