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Sarusawaike Yoshidaya
Ranked #32 of 65 Hotels / Ryokan in Nara
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

Let's face it: this place may be a "Japanese hotel" but it's is also worn and furnished in style popular some 30 years ago topped with some kitsch decorations. I chose this place as other places where car parking was possible were sold out near the Nara Park. I do not think it worth the double/triple price they ask compared to other hotels in Nara.


My 4/5 for the location

Next to the pagoda marking the place where the Nara Park starts and close to the walking street leading through Nara, the location is quite good. It's 1,5 kilometres to Todai-ji temple and the deers wander also around the hotel specifically in early mornings. Walking street is just 4 minutes from the hotel. If you are taking the train you could look for a place closer to the railway station (Nara Station).


2/5 for the room

With four floors most of the rooms look not towards the pond but to a narrow side street. Already when entering the lobby gives away what to expect: worn out and outdated furniture and some kitsch decorations.

The room was big and immaculately cleaned apart the dirty sofa. The rattan laundry baskets were falling apart and wardrobe and other storage furniture looked vary worn and outdated indeed. Bathroom was possibly the worst experience: plastic cubicle where one hardly fit in not to mention trying to get out as the door opened inside - you'd need to climb in to the bathtub to open the door for getting out. Generally, the yellowish beige colours in the room reminded of 1970s - and not in positive retro meaning.

Beds were on raised tatami base: ordinary spring mattresses (no lumpy futons).


2/5 for breakfast

Japanese fair - if you like tofu and miso soup with some fermented stuff then the breakfast they serve may be perfect. Nicely laid out but not my cup of tea.


2/5 for the public bath

A square indoor bath tub with buckets for washing up - typical and nothing special for a Japanese style hotel. Small Japanese inner-yard garden on the way to the baths.


You might as well stay close to the railway station in one of the newer hotels. The place is not bad but there's really nothing special to it either. Nearly the only plus is location.

Stayed: March 2017, travelled on business
Thank Timo R
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Reviewed 9 September 2016

Excellent situation for this ryokan, just in front of the lake and near the main temples and gardens with deers.
The room are japanese style with tatami and futon, very clean and you can wear kimono and take a private onsen if you want with your family.
Japanese breakfast is very special...funny!
A big thank you to the staff very friendly, they try to give you the best during your stay!!!!

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  • Stayed: August 2016, travelled with family
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Thank stfsev
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Reviewed 2 August 2016

We stayed in a Japanese style room with dinner and breakfast included. The room was simple and beds were laid out while we were at dinner and packed away while we were at breakfast. Being "westerners" we would have benefitted with a little more info on "Japanese etiquette" (i.e. we were the only ones wearing 'normal' clothes at dinner when the other guests were wearing the provided Japanese clothes). We didn't get a chance to use the traditional baths in the hotel as we were only staying one night and there is plenty to see in Nara. The staff were very helpful and friendly.

  • Stayed: July 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

This hotel is not cheap but has large rooms compared to other hotels in Japan. We had a room overlooking Sarusawa-ike pond and had a couple of chairs to sit in by the window to take in the view. The hotel is in a great location, literally a minutes walk to the five story pagoda. The hotel is simple but has all the necessities including a kettle for tea and a fridge. They also provide traditional pyjamas (yukata robe) which can be worn outside the room, or to breakfast as we saw others doing. The breakfast is included and was our first real Japanese breakfast experience, once the dining room staff realised that we were not Japanese, the breakfast provided the next day was more western. You have to select your breakfast time.
The hand towels could do with being updated.

Stayed: July 2016, travelled on business
Thank Jacky D
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Reviewed 21 August 2013

This hotel was nice. It was kind of modern Japanese style, but it felt like a normal hotel. It was also pretty expensive. The view of the pond was quite lovely and the location was near Nara Park, which is a really incredible place to visit if you are going to Nara. It is also next to Todaiji, which is also really lovely.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank Sassafrash
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Address: 246 Takabatakecho, Nara 630-8301, Nara Prefecture
Region: Japan > Kinki > Nara Prefecture > Nara
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Ranked #32 of 65 Hotels / Ryokan in Nara
Price Range: $218 - $415 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Sarusawaike Yoshidaya 3.5*
Number of rooms: 26
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