Nara Deer Hostel
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8.3
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8.4
Excellent
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Excellent location - Inside city center
Popular neighborhood
  • Denkoji190 m
  • Isagawa Shrine250 m
  • Space Roku -The 3rd Street-330 m
  • Nara City Tourist Center340 m
  • Ikedagankodo400 m
  • Old JR Nara Station400 m
  • Nara Train Station420 m
  • Naramachi500 m
  • Mochiidono Center Gai520 m
  • Naramachi Nakanishi Yosaburo520 m
  • Newly built in 2017
    Free Wi-Fi

    Nara Deer Hostel

    593-17 Sanjōchō, Nara, Nara, Japan, 6308244 - See map
    "Tasteful new facility, owner operated and located well, easy to get to on foot with luggage from the Nara train station."
    Guy - April 12, 2017
    Excellent cleanliness
    8.5 rating for cleanliness
    Excellent service
    8.2 rating for service
    • 470 meters to public transportation

    • Located in heart of Nara

    • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

    • Air conditioning

    • Daily housekeeping

    This property is in high demand!

    Last booked 8 hours ago

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    Review score - United States
    9.5/10
    Value for money score
    8.8/10
    Cleanliness score
    8.5/10
    Better than
    99
    %
    of Nara properties
    Better than
    97
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    of Nara properties
    Better than
    90
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    of Nara properties
    Better than
    84
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    of Nara properties
    Value for money8.8
    Distance to city center0km
    Location rating8.4
    Nearest airportOsaka International Airport (ITM)
    Distance to airport37.0 km

    Rooms available at Nara Deer Hostel

    Bunk Bed in Mixed Dormitory Room
    Bunk Bed in Mixed Dormitory Room
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    • Room size: 25 m²/269 ft²
    • Garden view
    • 5 bunk beds
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    Family Room with Private Bathroom
    Family Room with Private Bathroom
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    • Room size: 16 m²/172 ft²
    • Park view
    • 4 bunk beds
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    Family 2 Adults 2 Child
    Family 2 Adults 2 Child
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    • Room size: 12 m²/129 ft²
    • City view
    • 1 queen bed and 1 bunk bed
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    Female Only Dormitory Room
    Female Only Dormitory Room
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    • Room size: 16 m²/172 ft²
    • Garden view
    • 5 bunk beds
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    Family Room - (1 Double Bed 1 Single Bed)
    Family Room - (1 Double Bed 1 Single Bed)
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    • Room size: 12 m²/129 ft²
    • Garden view
    • 1 single bed and 1 double b...
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    What people love about Nara Deer Hostel

    • 9.6
      Exceptional
      Location

      "Really good location for the park and shops/restaurants."

      Graham

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      June 2, 2017

    • 8.4
      Excellent

      "Love to have another good experience here in future."

      chew

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      December 7, 2017

    • 10.0
      Exceptional

      "Definitely recommended."

      YiQin

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      December 17, 2017

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    9.2
    Exceptional

    "It was very close to the tourist spots and Nara Station whic..."

    Roleen C.

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    June 1, 2018

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    8.4
    Excellent

    "This hostel has an open, friendly vibe."

    Chan

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    December 23, 2018

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    Cleanliness8.5
    Facilities7.8
    Location8.4
    Service8.2
    Value for money8.8
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    9+ Exceptional (76)
    8-9 Excellent (33)
    7-8 Very Good (24)
    6-7 Good (7)
    <6 Below Expectation (20)
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    Dec - Feb (28)
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    9.2
    Exceptional
    Nola from Thailand
    Solo traveler
    Female Only Dormitory Room
    Stayed 2 nights in July 2019

    cozy home”

    everyone was lovely! especially the charming manager who lives there, quite a character communicating with every guest via his cool translator device :) Although small, it felt spacious and welcoming. my only complaint was the very squeaky bunk bed. Super location between both train stations, well-centered for perfect walking around town. Or Yamamoto bike rental, 5 minutes down the street! I will definitely stay again!!

    Reviewed July 25, 2019
    8.4
    Excellent
    Felix from China
    Solo traveler
    Bunk Bed in Mixed Dormitory Room
    Stayed 1 night in July 2019

    Unbelievably good value for little money ”

    When I first got there it looked a bit shabby from outside. But once inside I was convinced that this is a super hostel. Close to resin station and within walking distance of the great Buddha. Very clean. Nice little kitchen. Washing for 200 yen. Drying only on the coin loundry that is one minute away. Mini criticism. The bathrooms were extremely small

    Reviewed July 25, 2019
    6.4
    Good
    Haley from Japan
    Group
    Bunk Bed in Mixed Dormitory Room
    Stayed 2 nights in October 2018

    You’re getting what you paid for.”

    Place was pleasant and nice enough. Stayed in the mixed gender area with my girl and guy friend. Cross your fingers that no one’s a weirdo, because you can hear everyone and there’s only a curtain blocking you from the outside and between you and your neighbor. Since I was with friends, I felt just fine. If I had been by myself, it would have been a bit o__0 There’re 2 toilets, and you’re only allowed to use ONE of them as the other is reserved for a different room. It was always humid from everyone else’s showers and covered in all kinds of questionable body hair.

    Reviewed July 15, 2019
    8.0
    Excellent
    Demver from Philippines
    Family with teens
    Family Room with Private Bathroom
    Stayed 2 nights in June 2019

    Comprehensive review”

    Value for money: Super cheap compare to other hostel/hotels. Location: Around 8-10 minutes walk to JR Nara station, supermarket (Kohyo) and 7'11. Cleanliness: Super clean and comfortable. Staff: He doesn't know how to speak English, so we cannot understand him clearly. Facilities: small bathroom and rooms. Not sound proof so you will hear chit chats and footsteps upstairs.

    Reviewed June 07, 2019
    8.0
    Excellent
    Louis from United Kingdom
    Solo traveler
    Bunk Bed in Mixed Dormitory Room
    Stayed 1 night in May 2019

    Very good”

    A rather strange experience insofar as I saw one member of staff for about 30 seconds during my one night stay. Upon arrival, a card was left for me at reception with the number of my bed, and I simply left in the morning. That said, it was a pleasant enough stay as all I needed was a bed to sleep in! Location is within walking distance of the main sites and shops / restaurants. Nara Station is also close by. I would happily stay again given my rather simple requirements of a bed, a shower and somewhere to make coffee.

    Reviewed May 18, 2019
    8.0
    Excellent
    Sik from Hong Kong
    Couple
    Family Room - (1 Double Bed 1 Single Bed)
    Stayed 1 night in March 2019

    nice staff, but room a bit small”

    the staff was ok, actually left our key at the reception for our late chk in, room was a bit small for 3 adults, bathroom was a bit small, and a bit not clean enough, but overall, good recommend for ppl visiting nara.

    Reviewed March 08, 2019
    10.0
    Exceptional
    SIO from Macau
    Family with teens
    Family Room with Private Bathroom
    Stayed 1 night in July 2019

    Very good hostel!”

    The hostel owner was very kind! He used a translator in order to communicate with us. Have had a nice experience in Nara.

    Reviewed July 09, 2019
    3.6
    Denzil from United Kingdom
    Solo traveler
    Bunk Bed in Mixed Dormitory Room
    Stayed 3 nights in June 2019

    Average place. Awful manager. ”

    I left some important medication in my locker. I emailed to double check. My new hostel also called numerous times throughout the day and never got through. Eventually (a day later) the manager emailed to say that they had 'double checked' and it wasn't there. I was sure that it was. After a stressful day worrying about how I was going to get new medication I travelled all the way back to Nara. Walked straight into the hostel, straight into the room (no security whatsoever). Low and behold my medication was exactly where I had said it was. When I told the manager this via email they helpfully suggested that it couldnt have been there and that I was wrong. Whilst staying there I was confused about the absense of any staff. Afterall the wall is pasted with messages alluding to their greatness. Alas, maybe they stay out of the way because they are actually quite obnoxious and would just piss everyone off. Stay there if you want, but I'm sure there are tons of other places with good people who own them.

    Reviewed June 25, 2019
    5.2
    Yu from United Kingdom
    Solo traveler
    Bunk Bed in Mixed Dormitory Room
    Stayed 1 night in May 2019

    Rude staff, mediocre location, horrible wifi, dirty bathroom”

    As the title suggests, three biggest let-downs of this hostels are: 1. Staff, there is a grumpy Japanese grandpa who works as a "helper", and he is as rude as hell, during my two days stay, he shouted to people, including me. He tried to throw me out because he didn't check my booking extension and he's English is probably insufficient to understand the booking confirmation. Oh, one more thing, he practice English with his digital translator in the dorm, all the time, and he shouted at me when I complained. I am a decent person who deserve basic respect, and this guy shouldn't really be in any service oriented business at all. 2. The location is between the JR and Kintetsu station, which means it is a little further away from Nara park, but, Nara isn't big, so this doesn't bother me too much. 3. The wifi is one of the worst I used in a few years span, it is just slow, and jittery, if you relies on wifi to remote working then you will run into problems here. Also, the staff is not helpful either in resolving this problem. 4. The hygiene of the bathroom is not so good. Price wise it is competitive but if I was not in need of a late day sleep, I will definitely moved to somewhere else.

    Reviewed May 30, 2019
    6.4
    Good
    Wang from China
    Family with young children
    Family Room with Private Bathroom
    Stayed 1 night in April 2019

    The hotel is good of the value, but the old guy who is taking care of the hotel make me feel bad”

    The hotel is closed to the train station, hiding in a small alley, need a Google map to walk to there. The room is ok, but the bed, pillow all need myself to cover. When I use the kitchen, the old guy try to telling me dont usedonr eat in the public area, in my room instead,

    Reviewed April 28, 2019
    9.2
    Exceptional
    Sarah from United States
    Solo traveler
    Female Only Dormitory Room
    Stayed 2 nights in November 2018

    Exceptional”

    Solid accommodation for a solo budget traveler in a quiet residential area. The staff are incredibly sweet, and there's a kitchen and washer. A short walk to attractions with a comfortable common space. It's definitely a small space, but for a short stay that doesn't really matter. I would be happy to stay here again!

    Reviewed November 11, 2018
    8.0
    Excellent
    tosapol from Thailand
    Couple
    Bunk Bed in Mixed Dormitory Room
    Stayed 1 night in September 2018

    Reasonable hostel ”

    Hostel is a bit difficult to find as it locates in small street, but it's vert clean place. I arrived (walk-in) at night,which it's too late to do Check -in.Hostel staff helped to contact the owner for accepting reservations or not, otherwise I had no accommodation that night. Distance to JR NARA station is 400 m.

    Reviewed September 28, 2018
    9.2
    Exceptional
    Esther from France
    Solo traveler
    Female Only Dormitory Room
    Stayed 1 night in May 2019

    Very nice stay”

    Confortable bed, very nice stay but a bit far away from Nara station.

    Reviewed June 07, 2019
    8.0
    Excellent
    Jae from South Korea
    Solo traveler
    Bunk Bed in Mixed Dormitory Room
    Stayed 2 nights in July 2018

    Worth the money”

    Very clean and modern. The design of the hostel was unique and beautiful. But the location is in the middle of the village so little uncomfortable when you need to go somewhere. 10min slow walk to kintetsu nara station and 5 min to jr nara. You have to put the blanket cover by yourself. Toilet was very small so little bit uncomfortable. Because it's cheap, nothing to do in the hostel. Worth the money if you only want to sleep.

    Reviewed July 25, 2018
    8.0
    Excellent
    Katie from United States
    Solo traveler
    Female Only Dormitory Room
    Stayed 1 night in July 2018

    Very good”

    Staff was not around most of the time. But the bed was comfortable, good value for money. Close to the JR station, 12 minute walk to the other station. Bathroom is very tight and the shower water was everywhere and got all the toilet paper wet. Other than that it was a great stay and I'd definitely recommend this place.

    Reviewed July 25, 2018
    9.6
    Exceptional
    Scott from Japan
    Solo traveler
    Bunk Bed in Mixed Dormitory Room
    Stayed 1 night in February 2018

    Short Trip”

    It was a fantastic place to stay for the money. It was a good place. I liked it was near JR Nara station making it near quite a few good restaurants. The only thing that could be worked was being able to find it. An extra sign here or there to locate it would help, as using my GPS on my phone, I still had to call the place and have a local in the area help me find the place. After that everything was just great.

    Reviewed February 11, 2018

    Thanks for your suggestion. GOOGLE MAP is needed in Japan because of little street.

    Responded March 04, 2018
    Nara Deer Hostel
    8.8
    Excellent
    Marcel from Canada
    Solo traveler
    Bunk Bed in Mixed Dormitory Room
    Stayed 1 night in January 2018

    awesome hostel, one of the best I've stayed in, with one medium level critique”

    the one medium level critique is, there is only one very small bathroom with one toilet, one sink, and one shower for each dorm room, and each bathroom is assigned to use for only one dorm room, and the staff doesn't want you using any of the other bathrooms even if they are empty, so because each dorm room has a maximum of 10 people, if one person from that room is taking a long shower or multiple people need to use the bathroom, for whatever reason, at the same time, then all nine other people have to wait and hold it in until that one person is done, which can be an issue quite often, especially in the morning and before bed, as an example in my case in particular, a guy from Australia was taking a one-hour long shower and all the other people in the room had to wait until he was done, even though all the other bathrooms were empty, LOL I assume you can see the issue here LOL, and since showering and using the bathroom in different ways is such a huge part of being a human being LOL I thought that was worthy of taking away 3 stars from the facilities score, I've never seen a hostile with this poor of a bathroom system before, lol so I thought it was worth giving a heads up to anyone I was thinking of booking it to be aware beforehand, other than that it's phenomenal, Marcel 🗾⛩️🛫🌨️❄️😄

    Reviewed January 19, 2018
    8.8
    Excellent
    Marcel from Canada
    Solo traveler
    Bunk Bed in Mixed Dormitory Room
    Stayed 1 night in January 2018

    awesome hostel, one of the best ive stayed in, with one medium level critique”

    the one medium level critique is, there is only one very small bathroom with one toilet, one sink, and one shower for each dorm room, and each bathroom is assigned to use for only one dorm room, and the staff doesn't want you using any of the other bathrooms even if they are empty, so because each dorm room has a maximum of 10 people, if one person from that room is taking a long shower or multiple people need to use the bathroom, for whatever reason, at the same time, then all nine other people have to wait and hold it in until that one person is done, which can be an issue quite often, especially in the morning and before bed, as an example in my case in particular, a guy from Australia was taking a one-hour long shower and all the other people in the room had to wait until he was done, even though all the other bathrooms were empty, LOL I assume you can see the issue here LOL, and since showering and using the bathroom in different ways is such a huge part of being a human being LOL I thought that was worthy of taking away 3 stars from the facilities score, I've never seen a hostile with this poor of a bathroom system before, lol so I thought it was worth giving a heads up to anyone I was thinking of booking it to be aware beforehand, other than that it's phenomenal, Marcel 🗾⛩️🛫🌨️❄️😄

    Reviewed January 19, 2018
    8.8
    Excellent
    Marcel from Canada
    Solo traveler
    Bunk Bed in Mixed Dormitory Room
    Stayed 1 night in January 2018

    awesome hostel, one of the best I've been in, with one medium level critique”

    the one medium level critique is, there is only one very small bathroom with one toilet, one sink, and one shower for each dorm room, and each bathroom is assigned to use for only one dorm room, and the staff doesn't want you using any of the other bathrooms even if they are empty, so because each dorm room has a maximum of 10 people, if one person from that room is taking a long shower or multiple people need to use the bathroom, for whatever reason, at the same time, then all nine other people have to wait and hold it in until that one person is done, which can be an issue quite often, especially in the morning and before bed, as an example in my case in particular, a guy from Australia was taking a one-hour long shower and all the other people in the room had to wait until he was done, even though all the other bathrooms were empty, LOL I assume you can see the issue here LOL, and since showering and using the bathroom in different ways is such a huge part of being a human being LOL I thought that was worthy of taking away 3 stars from the facilities score, I've never seen a hostile with this poor of a bathroom system before, lol so I thought it was worth giving a heads up to anyone I was thinking of booking it to be aware beforehand, other than that it's phenomenal, Marcel 🗾⛩️🛫🌨️❄️😄

    Reviewed January 19, 2018
    8.8
    Excellent
    Marcel from Canada
    Solo traveler
    Bunk Bed in Mixed Dormitory Room
    Stayed 2 nights in January 2018

    awesome hostel, one of the best I've stayed in, with one medium level critique”

    the one medium level critique is, there is only one very small bathroom with one toilet, one sink, and one shower for each dorm room, and each bathroom is assigned to use for only one dorm room, and the staff doesn't want you using any of the other bathrooms even if they are empty, so because each dorm room has a maximum of 10 people, if one person from that room is taking a long shower or multiple people need to use the bathroom, for whatever reason, at the same time, then all nine other people have to wait and hold it in until that one person is done, which can be an issue quite often, especially in the morning and before bed, as an example in my case in particular, a guy from Australia was taking a one-hour long shower and all the other people in the room had to wait until he was done, even though all the other bathrooms were empty, LOL I assume you can see the issue here LOL, and since showering and using the bathroom in different ways is such a huge part of being a human being LOL I thought that was worthy of taking away 3 stars from the facilities score, I've never seen a hostile with this poor of a bathroom system before, lol so I thought it was worth giving a heads up to anyone I was thinking of booking it to be aware beforehand, other than that it's phenomenal, Marcel 🗾⛩️🛫🌨️❄️😄

    Reviewed January 19, 2018
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