Kotono yado Musashino

 

 

This is one of my favorite ryokans.  The property wouldn’t be luxury, but truly relaxing.  There are 12 rooms only.  If you want to experience an authentic Japanese ryokan adventure in Nara, you should stay here.  The ambience is cozy, tranquil, and traditional.  The property would be great for couples, solo travelers, family, or small groups.  If you are going to stay here, I would highly recommend booking a superior room with a private outdoor bath in the new building.  Personally, I love a room called Sakura.  The décor is lovely Japanese minimalistic.  The room is comfortable, functional and clean.  *The rooms in the new building have a minimum age requirement of 13 applies.  The rooms in the main building don’t have a minimum age requirement.  Then all of the amenities are taken care of including minimum toiletries, yukatas, and a green tea set, etc.  There are POLA amenities at the bathroom.  There are colorful yukatas as you can choose at the lobby.  If you need to help when you wear it, don’t hesitate to ask staff.  Then Room service is not available.   Wifi reception was good in the property.  Also you can borrow LAN cables to connect to the internet if you request.  Then if you book a superior room, you can use a cozy lounge in the new building.  Complimentary coffee, snacks, and local Japanese sake are available from 7:00-21:00.  Then there are small public baths in-house.  They are not hot springs, though.  They are open from 6:30-8:30, 16:00-23:00.   Also there is a private family bath too.  It costs JPY1,000 for 40min.  *Please note that if you have tattoos and want to use the public baths, use reserved bath instead.  Then the property is not universal design but most of rooms are on 1F.  There are few steps.  You can use wheelchairs in the building.  If you bring people with weak feet, you may want to inform staff in advance as they can arrange a room near the lobby.  Then authentic kaiseki food experience was good, but the portion tends to be small.  It may be bit challenging for western palate.  All meals are served in your room.  Alternatively there are some restaurants around Nara Station.  You can go out for dinner by taxi.  As far as I know, there is no nice restaurant within 10min walking distance.  Then if you want to have breakfast in Nara Park in good weather, you should request staff to arrange a breakfast box.  It’s like a picnic.  *Please note that inform staff when you book a room with meals if you have any food allergies.  They probably wouldn’t be able to prepare alternative food if you request on that day.  Then what impressed us the most is their hospitality.  If you want to experience signature Japanese hospitality with personal touch, you should stay here.  Sincere and wonderful hospitality greeted us the moment we arrived at the property.  We did appreciate their excellent service.  Then if you cannot find an English speaker at the front desk, you might want to write on paper what you want to say.  Most of young staff would understand English sentences.  I hope you don’t mind it.  Then an access to the property would be easy.  It is located in Nara Park.  It takes less than 10min by TAXI from Kintetsu Nara Station.  It costs around JPY800.  Free shuttle service is not available because of strict traffic regulations in Nara park.  If you drive a car, you may want to inform staff in advance.  Then the best season to stay here would be except the summer season.  It’s very hot and humid.  You may feel reluctant to walk outside in summer.  At last, I would highly recommend taking a walk around Nara Park before breakfast and after dinner.  There wouldn’t be few people and the atmosphere is solemn and mysterious.  Absolutory you can see a true traditional Nara.  Have a nice trip!  Welcome to receive any questions about the property from the below space.  *All information is as of the date that I posted on my blog.  **Check in and out times 16:00/10:00   If you check in after 18:30, you may want to inform staff in advance. Check Availability and Pricing for the ryokan on Booking.com or Agoda

Info about Kotono yado Musashino

Style Authentic Ryokan
Guest Rating Superb 9.1
Estimated Price 60,000 JPY for 2 adults per room
Contact Call at +81 742 22-2739 from overseas
Call at 0742 22-2739 from domestic
Internet Connection Free wifi in the ryokan
Facility Information Wheelchairs are available
Pets are not allowed
Free parking lot is available
Location Kotono yado Musashino’s MAP
Access 10min by TAXI from
JR Nara Station or Kintetsu Nara Station
Address and TEL 90 Kasuganocho, Nara city, Nara 630-8212
Tel +81 742-22-2739
Official Homepage Kotono yado Musashino’s HP

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