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Japan's first permanent capital was established in the year 710 at Heijo, the city now known as Nara (奈良). Prior to that, the capital was moved to a new location whenever a new emperor ascended to the throne.

However, as the influence and political ambitions of the city's powerful Buddhist monasteries grew to become a serious threat to the government, the capital was moved away from Nara to Nagaoka in 784 and a few years later to Kyoto.

Nara is located less than one hour from Kyoto and Osaka. Due to its historical importance, the city remains full of cultural treasures, including some of Japan's oldest and largest temples.

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    • Hilo Hostel
      Mid-range
      Located less than 1 km from Nara Station, Hilo Hostel provides rooms with air conditioning in Nara. This 3-star hostel offers a shared kitchen, luggage storage space and free WiFi. Local points of interest like Nippon Christ Kyodan Shijonawate Church and Shijonawate City Museum of History and Folklore are reachable within 22 km and 22 km, respectively. Iwafune Shrine is 18 km from the hostel, while Higashiosaka Hanazono Rugby Stadium is 21 km away. The nearest airport is Itami Airport, 51 km from Hilo Hostel.
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    • Mountain Home Lodge in Deer Park
      Budget-friendly
      Situated in Nara, Mountain Home Lodge in Deer Park has well-equipped accommodation boasting free WiFi, 3.3 km from Nara Station and 20 km from Iwafune Shrine. Each unit is fitted with air conditioning, private bathroom and a kitchen including a microwave, fridge, stovetop and a toaster. If you would like to discover the area, hiking is possible in the surroundings. Higashiosaka Hanazono Rugby Stadium is 23 km from the lodge, while Nippon Christ Kyodan Shijonawate Church is 25 km from the property. The nearest airport is Itami Airport, 53 km from Mountain Home Lodge in Deer Park.
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    • Yuzan Guesthouse
      Budget-friendly
      Conveniently located a 5-minute walk from Kintetsu Nara Station and a 8-minute walk from JR Nara Station, Yuzan Guest House Annex offers cosy accommodation with a shared kitchen. Free WiFi access is available throughout the property. Each room is simply decorated and comes with air conditioning and heating facilities. Guests can choose to stay in Japanese-style rooms featuring tatami (woven-straw) floor and futon bedding. Bathroom facilities are shared. At Guest House Yuzan Annex you will find a small garden, a terrace and a shared lounge. Free luggage storage is also available upon request. Guests can make a 10-minute stroll to the Nara Park, located in the city central area. Todaiji Temple and Heijo Palace are both a 10-minute drive away while Kansai International Airport can be reached with a 80-minute drive. Meals are not served on site.
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    • NARA Visitor Center and Inn
      Budget-friendly
      The Nara Visitor Center and Inn is situated in the heart of Nara, just a 3-minute walk from Kofuku-ji Temple and Naramachi. The Todai-ji Temple and Deer Park are a 10-minute stroll away, while Nara Station on the Kintetsu Line is a 7-minute walk. JR Nara Station is 14-minutes away on foot. All guest rooms feature air conditioning and heating, and are equipped with a fridge and flat-screen TV. Japanese samue nightwear are available to all staying guests. Some units come equipped with an en suite bathroom with a shower, while some Japanese-style rooms come with an en suite shower. Japanese-style rooms feature tatami (woven-straw) floors and Japanese futon bedding. The property offers free WiFi access and a 24-hour front desk. Luggage storage is available. There is a public bath on site, where guests will find free toiletries and hairdryers. A coin launderette, a shared kitchen and free-use internet PCs are offered on site. The on-site tourist information desk offers information in English, Chinese and Korean. Services offered at the desk include transport and meal tickets at a discount, currency exchange, bike hire at a charge, cultural activities at an additional charge, such as Japanese calligraphy lessons, and tour arrangements. Some cultural activities such as origami folding are offered free of charge.
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    • SLOW HOUSE NARA
      Budget-friendly
      SLOW HOUSE NARA is located in Nara, within 1.3 km of Nara Station and 19 km of Iwafune Shrine. The 2-star guest house has air-conditioned rooms with a private bathroom and free WiFi. The accommodation provides a shared kitchen and luggage storage space for guests. At the guest house, each room comes with a desk. At SLOW HOUSE NARA every room is equipped with bed linen and towels. Higashiosaka Hanazono Rugby Stadium is 22 km from the accommodation, while Nippon Christ Kyodan Shijonawate Church is 23 km away. The nearest airport is Itami Airport, 52 km from SLOW HOUSE NARA.
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    • Hotel Rokune
      Mid-range
      Located in Nara, Hotel Rokune provides 3-star accommodation with private balconies. Located around 700 metres from Nara Station, the hotel with free WiFi is also 17 km away from Iwafune Shrine. The property is 22 km from Shijonawate City Museum of History and Folklore and 24 km from Aeon Mall Shijonawate. At the hotel, every room is equipped with a desk, a flat-screen TV, a private bathroom, bed linen and towels. All units at Hotel Rokune include air conditioning and a wardrobe. The accommodation offers 3-star accommodation with a hot tub and terrace. Higashiosaka Hanazono Rugby Stadium is 21 km from Hotel Rokune, while Nippon Christ Kyodan Shijonawate Church is 22 km away. The nearest airport is Itami Airport, 50 km from the hotel.
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    • Hotel Naranohamori
      Mid-range
      Set 2 km from Nara Station, Hotel Naranohamori in Nara offers rooms with air conditioning and free WiFi. The property is around 19 km from Iwafune Shrine, 22 km from Higashiosaka Hanazono Rugby Stadium and 23 km from Nippon Christ Kyodan Shijonawate Church. The hotel features family rooms. All rooms in the hotel are equipped with a flat-screen TV. The units feature a private bathroom, slippers and bed linen. Shijonawate City Museum of History and Folklore is 23 km from Hotel Naranohamori, while Aeon Mall Shijonawate is 25 km away. The nearest airport is Itami Airport, 52 km from the accommodation.
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    • The Deer Park Inn
      Budget-friendly
      Located within Nara Park, The Deer Park Inn offers free Wi-Fi throughout the property and a chance to feed the many deer roaming around the park. Kintesunara Train Station is an 8-minute taxi ride away. Rooms feature air conditioning/heating and free toiletries. Bathrooms and toilets are shared with other guests. Meals are not served on the property, but guests can use the communal kitchen to prepare their own meals. Luggage storage is available for free and a coin launderette is available at a surcharge. Kasuga Taisha Shrine is located a 7-minute walk away, while the Todaiji Temple is located within a 15-minute walk from the property. Guests can also take a 13-minute walk to access the Nara National Museum or a 17-minute walk to see the beautiful Isuien Garden.
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    • Nara Guesthouse Kamunabi
      Budget-friendly
      Nara Guesthouse Kamunabi has a restaurant, bar, a shared lounge and garden in Nara. The property is set 2 km from Nara Station, 20 km from Iwafune Shrine and 23 km from Higashiosaka Hanazono Rugby Stadium. Free WiFi is available and private parking can be arranged at an extra charge. Rooms come complete with a shared bathroom fitted with a shower and slippers, while some units at the guest house also feature a seating area. At Nara Guesthouse Kamunabi the rooms are equipped with air conditioning and a safety deposit box. Continental and American breakfast options are available every morning at the accommodation. The area is popular for cycling, and bike hire is available at Nara Guesthouse Kamunabi. Nippon Christ Kyodan Shijonawate Church is 24 km from the guest house, while Shijonawate City Museum of History and Folklore is 24 km from the property. The nearest airport is Itami Airport, 53 km from Nara Guesthouse Kamunabi.
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    • Guesthouse Nara Komachi
      Budget-friendly
      Just a 5-minute walk from JR Nara Station, Guesthouse Nara Komachi features affordable rooms with free Wi-Fi and a private bathroom with shower. The non-smoking hostel offers rental bicycles. Nara Komachi Guesthouse offers Japanese-style rooms and Western rooms. The rooms are simple, yet comfortable, and come with an 32-inch LCD TV and bathroom amenities. Facilities at Komachi Nara include a lounge with TV, a shared kitchen and an information corner with guide books and maps. The computer corner offers free use of headsets. Guesthouse Nara Komachi is a 15-minute walk from Kintetsu Nara Station. Convenience stores, a post office and banks can be found within a 5-minute walk. No meals are served.
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