Hotel New Wakasa
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9.1
Exceptional
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8.8
Excellent
Location rating score
Excellent location - Inside city center
Parking
FREE
  • Taikichi Irie Historic Residence Site260 m
  • Nara Prefectural Museum280 m
  • Nara Prefectoral Office330 m
  • Yoshikien360 m
  • Isuien Neiraku Museum360 m
  • Isuien Garden420 m
  • Isui-en460 m
  • Hokke-do490 m
  • Kaidan-do490 m
  • Tegaimon490 m
  • Free Wi-Fi

    Hotel New Wakasa

    1 Kitahanda Higashimachi, Nara, Nara, Japan, 6308274 - See map
    "Great location with a secret shortcut to main attractions in the unique Nara Park."
    Ran - April 4, 2016
    Exceptional service
    9.6 rating for service
    Exceptional cleanliness
    9.4 rating for cleanliness
    • 730 meters to public transportation

    • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

    • Sauna

    • Air conditioning

    • Daily housekeeping

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    Service score
    9.6/10
    Room comfort score
    9.2/10
    Cleanliness score
    9.4/10
    Cheapest price score
    Better than
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    Value for money8.6
    Location rating8.8
    Nearest airportOsaka International Airport (ITM)
    Distance to airport37.6 km

    Rooms available at Hotel New Wakasa

    9.3
    Exceptional
    Room comfort & quality
    Deluxe Room with Private Garden
    Deluxe Room with Private Garden
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    • Room size: 27 m²/291 ft²
    • Balcony/terrace
    • 5 futons
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    Japanese-Style Quadruple Room with Mountain View
    Japanese-Style Quadruple Room with Mountain View
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    • Room size: 25 m²/269 ft²
    • Balcony/terrace
    • 4 futons
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    Japanese Style Room  with Mountain View
    Japanese Style Room with Mountain View
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    • Room size: 25 m²/269 ft²
    • Mountain view
    • 2 futons
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    Japanese Twin Style Room With Private Open-Air Bath
    Japanese Twin Style Room With Private Open-Air Bath
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    • Room size: 30 m²/323 ft²
    • Nature view
    • 2 single beds
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    Quadruple Room with Private External Bathroom
    Quadruple Room with Private External Bathroom
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    • Room size: 25 m²/269 ft²
    • Balcony/terrace
    • 2 double beds
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    Triple Room with Private External Bathroom
    Triple Room with Private External Bathroom
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    • Room size: 18 m²/194 ft²
    • Balcony/terrace
    • 2 double beds and 1 futon
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    Japanese Western Style with Open-Air Bath
    Japanese Western Style with Open-Air Bath
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    • Room size: 30 m²/323 ft²
    • Nature view
    • 2 semi double beds
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    Japanese Style Triple Room
    Japanese Style Triple Room
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    • Room size: 15 m²/161 ft²
    • Smoking allowed
    • 3 futons
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    Nara Japanese-style Room with Outdoor Bath
    Nara Japanese-style Room with Outdoor Bath
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    • Room size: 22 m²/237 ft²
    • Non-smoking
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    Small Twin Room
    Small Twin Room
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    • Shower and bathtub
    • 2 futons
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    What people love about Hotel New Wakasa

    • 10.0
      Exceptional
      Staff 

      "Hotel New Wakasa is an excellent hotel with impressive customer service right from check in."

      Annabelle

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      November 8, 2018

    • 9.3
      Exceptional
      Location

      "This charming ryokan is a little far from the JR station but is very near the (Big Buddha) Temple."

      Ma. L.

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      March 30, 2016

    • 8.8
      Excellent
      Location

      "Great location"

      Jonan

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      September 28, 2016

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    9.2
    Exceptional

    "Great location."

    Qi

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    September 11, 2018

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    10.0
    Exceptional

    "Comfortable stay!"

    Fung E.

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    September 25, 2018

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    Exceptional
    Cleanliness9.4
    Facilities8.8
    Location8.8
    Room comfort and quality9.3
    Service9.6
    Value for money8.6
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    9+ Exceptional (119)
    8-9 Excellent (38)
    7-8 Very Good (23)
    6-7 Good (4)
    <6 Below Expectation (6)
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    10.0
    Exceptional
    JOY from Singapore
    Group
    Japanese Style Triple Room
    Stayed 1 night in March 2015

    Our most wonderful surprise of the entire trip”

    Service, Cleanliness and food

    Wonderful. Brilliant. Totally enjoyable. Short walk from the subway. Met by the wonderful staff at reception, and as we had reached way before check in time, they offered to keep the luggage and check in for us so that we could walk around the vicinity. Suggested various routes and activities we could keep ourselves busy the entire morning and evening. Returned in the evening and they had upgraded us to a larger room as they noticed that we had "very big pieces of luggage". :) Meals were brilliantly executed. The entire family absolutely loved it. In retrospect, the Kaiseiki was even better than what we had at another pricier ryokan in Kyoto. Friendly staff even prepared props for all guests to pose in and took snapshots for all. Surprised us with complimentary copies of photos attached to their lovely postcards to take home as souvenirs. Can't find ANY faults at all. Highly recommended!

    Reviewed April 24, 2015
    10.0
    Exceptional
    KL from Hong Kong
    Family with teens
    Japanese Style Triple Room
    Stayed 1 night in December 2014

    Best Hotel in Nara”

    Great Food, Great Staff, Great Location

    Amazing Hotel with a authentic Japanese atmosphere: great Japanese traditional rooms and outstanding staff and delicious food. Our stay was wonderful and relaxing, and enjoyable with tasteful rooms. a roof garden, lovely, music and hot tubs. The food was beautifully-prepared and delicious.The staff was outstanding and kind. The location is convenience for accessing most parts of famous major attractions in Nara. I highly recommend it especially its breakfast and evening meal.

    Reviewed December 27, 2014
    8.3
    Excellent
    Amandine from France
    Couple
    Japanese Style Triple Room
    Stayed 1 night in April 2014

    Amazing local experience”

    Diner, private onsen, comfortable room

    Stay at the hotel was very nice with very helpful staff. We were only disappointed by the location and view from our room where we expected more nature view whereas city view. The diner included in our room was amazing and gave us a true local experience.

    Reviewed April 25, 2014
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Annabelle from Singapore
    Couple
    Standard Japanese-Style Room 10 to 15 Sq M
    Stayed 1 night in November 2018

    Exceptional”

    Hotel New Wakasa is an excellent hotel with impressive customer service right from check in. The hotel is accessible to most tourist attraction by foot. The onsen was lovely and the rooms were clean and cozy. The staffs were polite and provide awesome customer services. The kaiseki dinner was mouth watering delicious and so was the japanese breakfast. Overall It provided an awesome experience for me and my boyfriend. I would definitely stay here again if I come back to Nara.

    Reviewed November 08, 2018
    8.0
    Excellent
    Shirley from United States
    Group
    Japanese Style Room with Mountain View
    Stayed 1 night in November 2018

    Very good”

    Will stay here again!

    Reviewed April 12, 2019
    6.0
    Hsin-Yi from Taiwan
    Group
    Japanese-Style Room
    Stayed 1 night in April 2019

    Room rate scheme ”

    You might end up with the smallest room and room rate on agoda can be more expensive than their website listings .....

    Reviewed April 06, 2019
    5.6
    Hsin-Yi from Taiwan
    Group
    Standard Japanese-Style Room 16 to 20 Sq M
    Stayed 1 night in April 2019

    Be careful of the room size you choose ”

    You might end up with the smallest room and room rate on agoda can be more expensive than their website listings .....

    Reviewed April 06, 2019
    9.2
    Exceptional
    Qi from China
    Solo traveler
    Japanese Style Room with Mountain View
    Stayed 2 nights in August 2018

    Exceptional”

    great location.

    Reviewed September 11, 2018
    10.0
    Exceptional
    RADOSLAVA from Belgium
    Couple
    Japanese Style Room with Mountain View
    Stayed 1 night in November 2017

    Exceptional”

    Spa is nice and clean. Would have enjoyed more if of the staff were wearing more authentic clothes. Same for the atmosphere at the front desk and during dinner in the restaurant. Would be much nicer to listen to old Japanese music instead of jazz... The rooms are big (as on the photos) and arranged the most authentic way possible. It is great to sleep on tatami. Enjoy!

    Reviewed November 26, 2017
    9.2
    Exceptional
    Yi-Fan from Taiwan
    Couple
    Japanese Twin Style Room With Private Open-Air Bath
    Stayed 1 night in May 2017

    Very nice hotel”

    Close to Todaiji very convenience. Nice food, nice people. Beautiful hotel. The only drawback is that the bathtub is a little too old. And the bathtub is at balcony, but curtain can hardly fix, can easily be seen by passer-by.

    Reviewed November 18, 2017
    7.6
    Very good
    Ah from Singapore
    Couple
    Japanese Style Triple Room
    Stayed 1 night in December 2016

    Staff services awesome !!”

    Staff at New Wakasa were extremely helpful. Especially Mori (森)& Naohiro (下谷). Their services were awesome and far beyond our expectations. They were meticulous & patient with guests. They walked extra miles to help with our baggages & guiding us the good places to visit. Other staff were very good too. Will stay here again if back to Nara.

    Reviewed December 23, 2016
    8.4
    Excellent
    Simon from France
    Couple
    Japanese Style Room with Mountain View
    Stayed 1 night in November 2016

    A bit overvalued, but nice hotel”

    We paid 400€ for one night, kanseki dinner and traditional breakfast. It was our first ryokan stop, it felt worth 300€ but not 400€ Onsen is very small. Great smiling, accomodating staff. Close to Nara center and station

    Reviewed November 28, 2016
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Justin from United States
    Couple
    Japanese Style Room with Mountain View
    Stayed 1 night in November 2016

    A great Ryokan”

    My wife and I stayed at the New Wakasa for a night in their mountain view room. You could see the roof of Todai-ji from the window! Everything about the hotel was top notch; the room, service, food, everything. They give you a pair of yukata to walk around the hotel in, they serve you delicious yuzu tea upon arrival, and they give you a great map to all the attractions in Nara. We would happily stay there again! - One note, the breakfast is very traditionally Japanese. If you're a westerner you might want to be ready to take a quick trip to the Family Mart for yogurt & fruit in the mornings.

    Reviewed November 28, 2016
    9.6
    Exceptional
    YAOHUI from Canada
    Couple
    Stayed 1 night in April 2016

    Enjoyable stay with fantastic service ”

    Excellent authentic Japanese experience with traditional style(tatami) room, very friendly and helpful staffs. The basketball is traditional Japanese style which is also a great experience. We receive a very warm welcome when we arrive the hotel, the staff let us wear some funny japense costume on our heads and took a wonderful photo for us. The hotel location is quite close to the main tourist spots, 5 minutes walk to the big Buddha temple. Cons: a bit far from JR and public transportation. 15-20 minutes walk from JR station to hotel which is not very convenient when you have big luggage.

    Reviewed May 12, 2016
    9.6
    Exceptional
    Ran from United States
    Family with young children
    Japanese Style Triple Room
    Stayed 1 night in April 2016

    Great stay. Highly recommended!”

    Great location with a secret shortcut to main attractions in the unique Nara Park. If you're looking for a clean, cozy, stylish place with excellent tatami experience, this is it.., and don't miss the perfect Japanese dinner! The only issue is the room is a bit too cozy for a family trip, but it's a perfect stay otherwise. Highly recommended!

    Reviewed April 04, 2016
    9.3
    Exceptional
    Ma. from Philippines
    Group
    Japanese Style Triple Room
    Stayed 1 night in March 2016

    Charming Ryokan”

    1) Excellent staff performance; 2) Clean ryokan and 3) Very near Todai-ji Temple

    This charming ryokan is a little far from the JR station but is very near the (Big Buddha) Temple. They have excellent customer service as the welcoming attendant gives a background on what a ryokan is and even offers a suggested walking route to view the popular sites in Nara. The Kaiseki they offer for dinner is delicious but the breakfast buffet fell a little bit short. The abundance of food though, that also showcases the talent of the chef was not amiss.

    Reviewed March 30, 2016
    9.7
    Exceptional
    Lyn from Australia
    Family with teens
    Stayed 1 night in January 2016

    Modern, Traditional Room, Staff were amazing. ”

    Staff were amazing and greeted us warmly. Rooms were beautifully decorated and more than what we expected. Traditional Japanese breakfast was presented as an artform - exquisite.

    This was my most favourite hotel in the whole of Japan. The rooms were modern Japanese design and were much more than what we expected with beautiful screened off areas. Staff were amazing, with a great sense of humour and explained all the highlights of Nara. On arrival, we were greeted with hot towels and a bowl of yummy hot lemon refreshment. The traditional breakfast was awesome, plentiful, and an artform in it's own right. The hotel is not located very close to public transport, however it is located conveniently close to the main sites for visiting Nara. We loved our stay here and would rate it as our most favourite hotel stay we had whilst in Japan. I have no hesitation in recommending this Hotel as excellent value for money and feel it is deserving of of a higher star rating than it currently is.

    Reviewed January 12, 2016
    8.7
    Excellent
    David from United Kingdom
    Couple
    Stayed 1 night in November 2014

    Very helpful and friendly.”

    Staff, Onsen bath, Free Parking

    We had a great stay here, the staff were very helpful and went to the trouble of explaining every detail of the hotel, the onsen bath and the etiquette required which would avoid embarrassment if you were unfamiliar. They even went to the trouble of outlining good places to eat and a good route for us to take around Nara park the following day on two different maps. The only things I would say were not ideal were that smoking is allowed in the rooms (even though we are smokers it means that the room was slightly yellowed which is unpleasant) and we were not offered the choice of the western breakfast which is advertised on their website but to be fair we didn't ask! Altogether a great experience and we would have stayed another night but unfortunately it was fully booked.

    Reviewed November 30, 2014
    9.3
    Exceptional
    Loic from Singapore
    Family with teens
    Japanese Style Triple Room
    Stayed 1 night in August 2014

    Nice hotel close to Nara attractions”

    food, location

    Hotel New Wakasa is not really located downtown but is close to Nara attractions and at a walking distance from Kintetsu Nara station. Food is very nice (we had the half board package) as the breakfast (japanese style).

    Reviewed August 30, 2014
    9.3
    Exceptional
    Gregory from United States
    Couple
    Japanese Style Triple Room
    Stayed 1 night in July 2014

    Nice Place... Very close to Todaiji and Nara-Koen”

    Location, Location, Nice Meals

    Very comfortable room. Included breakfast and dinner which were both very good (but may be a little challenging if you are not accustomed to Japanese traditional food). Staff is great... Very friendly. It is also just maybe 5 minutes walk from the Giant Buddha, National Museum etc... You cannot beat this location.

    Reviewed August 17, 2014
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