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Guesthouse Nara Backpackers Reviews

31 Yurugi-cho, Nara, Japan

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463 Total Reviews
  • 95%Value For Money
  • 93%Security
  • 95%Location
  • 98%Staff
  • 96%Atmosphere
  • 94%Cleanliness
  • 89%Facilities

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Beautiful hostel, inside an old wooden villa, everything feels very Japanese! Clean rooms and very welcoming staff. It's not a party hostel but that's in line with the city itself, definitely fits the peaceful context.


Had such a great time!


I loved this hostel! The house is a completely traditional Japanese building, not a modern cement building remodeled to look somewhat traditional, like some. The staff are extremely friendly and helpful. Our room had a porch opening onto the garden, really beautiful. And the price and location could not possibly be better. The only downside of an old, traditional building is that there's no air conditioning, but even in hot humid weather, it was OK with the electric fan they supplied.


This is a traditional Japanese Guest House in a building over 100years old. The staff is super friendly.

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Wonderful staff and a beautiful, old Japanese house (100 years old). A charming experience in Nara, but not equipped with 'modern comforts' and they're very serious about keeping noise down late at night. The bedroom was a bit too hot and the top bunks get a lot of light from the overhead lamp; make sure you talk to the staff about temperature if needed.


Okay so I stayed there one night only. 1.Locations- not so good.If you are looking for a place close to city centre to go for a night fun and want to come back alone- very difficult. around 10/15 minutes to bus station which bus takes you to JR Nara -around 30 minutes on foot. Guesthouse was located in small road.style was okay but bed-very low and small.checking in -10 pm...most shares houses/hostels have a 11 pm. Shower and etc okay.staff superb:)


The Staff were extremely kind and welcoming, offering many ideas on where to visit and eat. The house was beautiful, I really enjoyed staying here.


horrible stay! the dorm was far too SMALL: 4 beds in a tiny room, little fresh air, forced to undress literally under roommate's nose! OK house is 100 yrs old but it also means that there is a lot of dust from ancient walls: that triggered my allergy to dust! Plus being forced to sleep with the light ON is not what I consider to have a good night. If security reason is a worry why such a stiff stair then? Better to use this place as a museum than a hostel as house very tiny for foreigners.


This hostel was very welcoming and we met some great people. The mix of the traditional layout and modern facilities worked very well. Would definitely go again.

  • 28th Jun 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Couple, 18-24
  • (1 review)


The staff from Guesthouse Nara Backpackers were absolutely wonderful. They were all very kind, willing to have conversations with the guests and helpful with any questions about the area. The house is beautiful and was a great place to stay. It's a bit far from the JR station, but the peaceful atmosphere definitely made up for it. If I ever return to Nara, I will definitely stay here!


Lovely place to stay :-)


The location can't be beat! You can walk to all the main sights. The staff are great. The building is gorgeous and in a quiet area.


I had a great time at Nara Backpackers. The staff were super friendly and helped me book a free student tour while I was there. The hostel itself had a very nice zen-like ambiance and while it was quiet while I was there, I felt very comfortable. (you also can't beat the location in terms of how close it is to the main sights)


Must be the signboard of the hostel intelligible and better than the present in front of entrance.Cos It was very very difficult find the location.So I've already mentioned to a staff about this matter.


Great little hostel in a very old traditional Japanese house! Staff was super friendly. Location is ok, but a little bit of a hike from the JR station, where I'm assuming most people come in (Not far enough to deter me from staying agian. If you're focusing on Nara Park and the main temples/shrines in town, access to all of those is easy. It's back in a neighborhood, so nice and quiet, but still close to the sights/restaurants/shopping.


This is a beautiful hostel with super friendly staff and excellent facilities. The kitchen is big and clean, the rooms are lovely, and overall its a great opportunity to stay somewhere a bit more authentic that you might otherwise find in Japan. Thank you so much for a wonderful stay!


Lovely old Japanese house, friendly staff. Perfect for staying a few nights while exploring Nara.


This place is adorable! The building is 100 years old and beautiful, yet all the modern comforts you could want are here. The staff is incredibly helpful and friendly which really made a positive impression. Big common area and kitchen made meeting others very easy. Location is perfect for exploring the park and all it's attractions. Overall, I'd definitely recommend to anyone coming through Nara!


I was stay at Tea Room Cleaness: good Facilities: good except wifi cannot connect cos the room is locate at the last of the corridor but the room have a nice garden view.

  • 8th May 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Malaysia
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Amazing! The staff was extremely helpful and friendly, and spoke English well. The building is really nice, and everything is kept clean. The location is very good for sightseeing in Nara, the only issue is it's a bit difficult to access if you're using a JR Pass (15-20 minute walk to the JR station). It's definitely worth that little bit of a walk though, this hostel is among the best.

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