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8.2

Excellent

395 reviews

395 reviews

Housekeeping21
Shops1
Internet1
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8.3

Excellent

Location rating score

Excellent location - Inside city center
Popular neighborhood
Exceptional for walking
Walkable places
Denkoji

190 m

Isagawa Shrine

250 m

Space Roku -The 3rd Street-

330 m

Ishii Sweets (Persimmons)

360 m

Ikeda Gankōdō

390 m

Popular landmarks
Kofuku-ji Temple

820 m

Nara National Museum

1.3 km

Isuien Garden

1.4 km

Todai-ji Temple

1.8 km

Nara Park

1.9 km

Closest landmarks
Fujiwara Clinic

240 m

SABREI PARKING

300 m

NARANICLE

350 m

Takeda Drug

360 m

Kitamura Clinic

400 m

Nara Deer Hostel

593-17 Sanjōchō, Nara, Nara, Japan, 6308244 - See map

Get your trip off to a great start with a stay at this property, which offers free Wi-Fi in all rooms. Strategically situated in Nara, allowing you access and proximity to local attractions and sights. Don't leave before paying a visit to the famous Nara Park.

Highlights

Located in heart of Nara

Check-in/out [express]

470 meters to public transportation

Inside city center

460 meters to Naramachi

Hygiene Plus

This property has self-selected and self-certified the following hygiene measures.Learn more
Safety Features
Staff trained in safety protocol
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Preventative Equipment
Hand sanitizer
Free face masks
Health and Medical
First aid kit

Facilities

Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

Check-in/out [express]

Luggage storage

Safety deposit boxes

Tours

Wi-Fi in public areas

Family room

Smoking area

Your dates are popular among travelersUsers are booking a place in Nara every 9 minutes on Agoda.com
Value for money8.7
Distance to city center0km
Location rating8.3
Nearest airportOsaka International Airport (ITM)
Distance to airport37.2 km

Rooms available at Nara Deer Hostel

Family Room with Private Bathroom
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  • Room size: 12 m²/129 ft²
  • Shower and bathtub
  • 2 single beds and 1 double ...
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Economy Quadruple Room with Shared Bathroom
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  • Room size: 14 m²/151 ft²
  • Shower and bathtub
  • 4 single beds
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Family Room with Private Bathroom
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  • Room size: 16 m²/172 ft²
  • Park view
  • 4 bunk beds
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Bed in 4-Bed Mixed Dormitory Room
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  • Room size: 12 m²/129 ft²
  • Shower and bathtub
  • 1 single bed
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Bed in 4 Bed Mixed Dormitory
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  • Room size: 18 m²/194 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 5 bunk beds
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Twin Room with Private Bathroom
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  • Room size: 10 m²/108 ft²
  • Shower and bathtub
  • 2 single beds
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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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Family Room with Bathroom
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  • Room size: 16 m²/172 ft²
  • Shower and bathtub
  • 4 single beds and 1 double ...
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Double Room with Private Bathroom
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  • Room size: 9 m²/97 ft²
  • Shower and bathtub
  • 1 double bed
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Female Only Dormitory Room
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  • Room size: 16 m²/172 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 5 bunk beds
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Frequently asked questions

What time is check-in and check-out at Nara Deer Hostel?

Check-in is from 03:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking, subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee.

What are my dining options at Nara Deer Hostel?

Nara Deer Hostel features an on-site restaurant for your dining convenience.

What is the smoking policy at Nara Deer Hostel?

Nara Deer Hostel does not permit smoking in any of its rooms or indoor areas.

What is the closest train, metro, or bus station to Nara Deer Hostel?

Nara Train Station is the closest train, metro, or bus station, about 420 m away from Nara Deer Hostel.

What restaurants are nearby Nara Deer Hostel?

Nara Deer Hostel is located in Nara, famous for good restaurants such as Mentoan, Maguro Koya and Okaru.

What popular shopping places are close to Nara Deer Hostel?

Located in the Nara area, Nara Deer Hostel is close to great shopping choices like Higashimuki Shopping Street, Space Roku -The 3rd Street- and Naramachi Nakanishi Yosaburo.

What are popular attractions near Nara Deer Hostel?

Guests at Nara Deer Hostel can easily visit Nara Park, Todai-ji Temple and Kasuga Grand Shrine located in the Nara area.

What popular natural sightseeing spots are close to Nara Deer Hostel?

Nara Deer Hostel is located in the Nara area, which is famous for natural sightseeing destinations such as Mt. Wakakusa, Kazugayama Genshirin and Mumuroji.

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What people love about Nara Deer Hostel

  • 7.6

    Very good
    Cleanliness

    "It's also very very clean."

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    January 5, 2023

  • 10

    Exceptional
    Cleanliness

    "It’s was very quiet convenient and clean"

    Carl

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    December 29, 2022

  • 10

    Exceptional
    Location

    "The Nara Deer Hostel is superb, it is located between the two main stations and was within easy walking distance of everywhere we wanted to go."

    Huw

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    January 11, 2023

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Value for money score
8.7/10
Cleanliness score
8.4/10
Couples review score
8.5/10
Better than
99
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Overall rating:

8.2

Excellent
395 reviews
Cleanliness
8.4
Facilities
7.8
Location
8.3
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What travelers say they love:
The hostel owner was very kind!
SIO from Macau SAR, China
Family with older children
More about Nara Deer Hostel

More about Nara Deer Hostel

Nara Deer Hostel

See the best of Nara with a stay at Nara Deer Hostel, which puts you right in the city center amidst the many sights and landmarks. With its convenient location, you can easily access to the city's must-see destinations.
Nara Deer Hostel provides the best in services and amenities to help make guests feel comfortable. Post your pictures and answer your emails whenever you want, with the hostel's free Wi-Fi internet access. The helpful staff at the front desk can assist you with services including express check-in or check-out. The hostel is entirely non-smoking, ensuring a clean air environment.
Guestrooms are designed to provide an optimal level of comfort with welcoming decor and essential amenities. The hostel provides air conditioning in some rooms for the benefit of guests. The hostel also provides guests with a refrigerator and a coffee or tea maker in some rooms. Nara Deer Hostel also provides a hair dryer and toiletries in bathrooms for select rooms.


Dining and things to do

If you're truly selective about eating, you'll be grateful for the in-house shared kitchen available here.


Around the property

This is your chance to explore all that Nara has to offer. Engage in the city's best art at Nara National Museum located 1.2 km away, where you can learn about the local art scene and buy original works.


Reasons to stay here

Rooms here are cheaper than 99% of accommodations in the city.
This hostel scores higher than 87% of the city's accommodations on value for money

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Amenities and facilities

Very good
Facilities

7.8

Most talked about facilities

Housekeeping

18 mentions

Internet

1 mention

Languages spoken
  • English
  • Chinese [Mandarin]
  • Japanese
Internet access
  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
  • Internet services
  • Wi-Fi in public areas
Things to do, ways to relax
  • Garden
  • Tours
Cleanliness and safety
  • Anti-viral cleaning products
  • Body thermometer
  • Cashless payment service
  • Daily disinfection in all rooms
  • Daily disinfection in common areas
  • Face coverings on staff
  • First aid kit
  • Free face masks
  • Guest rooms seal after sanitization
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Hotel room service app
  • Hot water linen and laundry washing
  • Physical distancing of at least 1 meter
  • Professional-grade sanitizing services
  • Protective screens in common areas
  • Room sanitization opt-out available
  • Rooms sanitized between stays
  • Shared stationery removed
  • Staff trained in safety protocol
  • Temperature check for guests and staff
Dining, drinking, and snacking
  • Shared kitchen
Services and conveniences
  • Air conditioning in public area
  • Contactless check-in/out
  • Elevator
  • Invoice provided
  • Luggage storage
  • Safety deposit boxes
  • Smoke-free property
  • Smoking area
  • Terrace
For the kids
  • Family room
Access
  • CCTV in common areas
  • CCTV outside property
  • Check-in/out [express]
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Pets allowed
  • Safety/security feature
  • Smoke alarms

Location

593-17 Sanjōchō, Nara, Nara, Japan, 6308244
Excellent
Location

8.3

Airports
  • Osaka International Airport (ITM)
    37.2 km 57 min drive
  • Kobe Airport (UKB)
    54.6 km 1.4 hour drive
Public transportation
  • Nara Train Station
    420 m
  • Kintetsu Nara Train Station
    620 m
Hospital or clinic
  • Fujiwara Clinic
    240 m
Shopping
  • Higashimuki Shopping Street
    610 m
Convenience store
  • Lawson
    240 m
Cash withdrawal
  • ATM
    240 m

What's nearby

Popular landmarks
  • Kofuku-ji Temple
    820 m
  • Nara National Museum
    1.3 km
  • Isuien Garden
    1.4 km
  • Todai-ji Temple
    1.8 km
  • Nara Park
    1.9 km
  • Nigatsu-do Temple
    2.2 km
  • Kasuga Grand Shrine
    2.3 km
  • Heijokyu Ruins
    3.1 km
  • Toshodai-ji Temple
    3.6 km
  • Yakushi-ji Temple
    3.8 km
Nearby landmarks
  • Denkoji
    190 m
  • Fujiwara Clinic
    240 m
  • Isagawa Shrine
    250 m
  • SABREI PARKING
    300 m
  • Space Roku -The 3rd Street-
    330 m
  • NARANICLE
    350 m
  • Ishii Sweets (Persimmons)
    360 m
  • Takeda Drug
    360 m
  • Ikeda Gankōdō
    390 m
  • Kitamura Clinic
    400 m
Distances shown are straight-line distances on the map. Actual travel distances may vary.

Property policies

Children and extra beds

Extra beds are dependent on the room you choose. Please check the individual room capacity for more details.

Minimum age of guests is: 18 year(s).

Others
  • The property is located in a residential area and strictly enforces a no-party or excessive noise policy.

    The property does not have reception. Guests are required to inform the property in advance of their estimated time of arrival.

    There will be special check-in instructions attached to your confirmation email after the booking is made. Please follow the guidelines to ensure a smooth check-in.

    This is a strictly non-smoking property. Guests are responsible for all costs, damages, and liabilities caused by smoking.

    Guests are required to take off their shoes when entering the property.

    Check-in or check-out outside the mentioned hours is not allowed or may be subject to an additional charge.

  • When booking more than 5 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.

Some helpful facts

Check-in/Check-out
  • Check-in from15:00
  • Check-in until21:00
  • Check-out from06:00
  • Check-out until10:00
  • Reception open until21:00
Getting around
  • Distance from city center0km
  • Travel time to airport (minutes)80
The property
  • Number of floors2
  • Number of restaurants1
  • Number of rooms 7
  • Room voltage100
  • Year property opened2017
  • Most recent renovation2017

Reviews of Nara Deer Hostel from real guests

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8.2
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Cleanliness8.4
Facilities7.8
Location8.3
Service8.1
Value for money8.7
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10.0
Exceptional
Shunichi from Japan
Solo traveler
Bed in 4-Bed Mixed Dormitory Room
Stayed 1 night in May 2022

Very relaxing hotel”

Very kind staff and nice Luxury soft bed, comfortable rooms. Thanks for upgrading! There are many painting art in common space.

Reviewed May 25, 2022

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10.0
Exceptional
SIO from Macau SAR, China
Family with teens
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

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10.0
Exceptional
Shunichi from Japan
Solo traveler
Bed in 4-Bed Mixed Dormitory Room
Stayed 1 night in May 2022

Very comfortable ”

Thank you for upgrading and kindness

Reviewed May 28, 2022

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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

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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

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8.4
Excellent
Felix from China
Solo traveler
Bed in 4 Bed Mixed Dormitory
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

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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

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8.0
Excellent
Louis from United Kingdom
Solo traveler
Bed in 4 Bed Mixed Dormitory
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

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8.0
Excellent
Sik from Hong Kong SAR, China
Couple
Double - Queen
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

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7.2
Very good
John from United Kingdom
Solo traveler
Bed in 4 Bed Mixed Dormitory
Stayed 1 night in April 2019

Good budget hostel, in a quiet area away from the busy tourist streets”

Nice social area for chatting, but showers had cold water in the mornings - needs fixing !!!

Reviewed April 11, 2019

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6.4
Good
Haley from Japan
Group
Bed in 4 Bed Mixed Dormitory
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

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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

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5.6
Greg from Japan
Solo traveler
Stayed 2 nights in December 2019

Average”

When calling the hostel to say when i would be arriving I received a slurred "Whatt??" in Japanese after asking in English. I changed to Japanese after realising the staff member didn't speak English however the listing stated there was English speakers - a potential issue for those who don't speak Japanese. Under the bunk beds it was very dirty, and also when showering in the morning the bath had been blocked by someones hair so was pretty gross to shower in. One of the staff members also seems to live in the hostel room i was in, so has all of his "things" around his bed, slightly unusual if anything. Lastly, not a reflection on the hostel but there was a very strange guest above me in the bunk who repeated every cough or sniff or noise I made before heading to bed. I assume he had some mental issues but was slightly disconcerting.

Reviewed December 14, 2019

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5.2
Yu from United Kingdom
Solo traveler
Bed in 4 Bed Mixed Dormitory
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

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5.2
Jeff from Hong Kong SAR, China
Solo traveler
Bed in 4 Bed Mixed Dormitory
Stayed 1 night in August 2019

Disappointed”

The host and staff are friendly but the environment in general is not that clean. I only stayed in the mixed dormitory so I don’t know about other rooms. But my bed looked not cleaned up yet after use. I wanted to put my luggage under the bed but it was so dirty that I couldn’t do so. Worse still, the shower room and toilet are in the same room and it was so tiny that I could hardly walk and move around. And the most ridiculous thing is, it is shared by 10 people. So to sum up, I feel unfair to other hostels having the same score as this one because it really doesn’t deserve this rating.

Reviewed August 27, 2019

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Thank for your advice. We have changed now .

Responded January 01, 2023
Nara Deer Hostel
3.6
Denzil from United Kingdom
Solo traveler
Bed in 4 Bed Mixed Dormitory
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

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10.0
Exceptional
Hazel from Philippines
Solo traveler
Stayed 2 nights in June 2017

Cheap but really clean, welcoming and conveniently located place”

Since it's a guesthouse (dormitory style), it's a lot cheaper than hotels. That said, the place is really clean and I would recommend it to solo travellers. The owner was also really helpful and nice with me - he waited until almost 11pm for me to check in, due to a confusion with the address. From here it's easy to go to the train station, and also easy to walk to the major attractions in Nara (about 20-30 minutes, depending on how relaxed you go). TIP: When I typed it in Google Maps, I got instantly redirected to Nara Guesthouse. Make sure you select and have Nara Deer Hostel instead, because they're two different places (and the guesthouse is farther from the station).

Reviewed November 09, 2017

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9.2
Exceptional
Christian from United Kingdom
Solo traveler
Bed in 4 Bed Mixed Dormitory
Stayed 1 night in July 2017

A great hostel in Nara! ”

A really clean hostel nearby JR Nara Station. I had a bit of trouble finding it (as it is down some backstreets) but not a big issue. The hostel isn't always staff, so you'll usually have to let yourself in, but again, not an issue. Nara Deer hostel is nearby one of the main shopping streets, and isnt too far from the deer park. I would definitely stay here again if I go back to Nara!

Reviewed July 29, 2017

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9.6
Exceptional
Graham from United Kingdom
Couple
Stayed 1 night in May 2017

Very new and clean ”

Lovely hostel and looked brand new so very clean. All feel very light and a lot of space in the rooms. Really good location for the park and shops/restaurants. Felt pricey compared to the rest of Japan but very cheap for Nara (thinks it's just an expensive area). There are a couple of nice communal areas and a small outside patio. Only small feedback would be there are no bins in the rooms or bathrooms. Also it's advertised as one beds in a 6 bed dorm but it was actually a 12 bed (6 bunk beds) so a lot more than I expected. It was ok as it was quiet but would have been annoying if it was busier.

Reviewed June 02, 2017

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Thanks. our big dorm room is 10 beds. The room is 3 times bigger than 6-bed room. If there are not too much guest, we plan 5 guests to stay in 10-bed room. And everyone will get a lower bunk bed.

Responded June 16, 2017
Nara Deer Hostel
8.8
Excellent
YUANHENG from Japan
Solo traveler
Stayed 1 night in March 2017

Cool”

Being technically the first customer of this hostel, I have to say, there and both pros and cons from my perspective. Very quiet since I'm the only person. Smell of paint to some extent since it is new. 10mins walk from Nara Satation. Economical price.

Reviewed April 13, 2017

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