Hostels in Nara, Japan

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Get to know Nara (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Nara. To help you make friends with Nara before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

Better brush up on your deer-interaction skills before stepping off the train in Nara! Some of the critters are as bold as to actually make their way through to the train station, but if the first thing you see aren't a pair of big black eyes, don't despair -- there is no way you'll leave town without an dose (or overdose!) of their charm.

Nara is the favourite of travelers to Japan (of those who go, as sadly many miss out on it) and it is for good reason! It is jam-packed with world heritage sites and has marvelous surroundings for easy hiking through picture-perfect farmland and little patches of forest. But what ignites people's passion are the holy deer dotting the central parks and the temples and shrines! Special cookies can be bought at little stalls and offered to them, but don't forget we are in Japan here, so it's all about politeness -- before handing over the cookie, you should bow to the deer and it then will bow back (no kidding!). It is so easy to get lost in this fascinating atmosphere of Nara for days. Apparently there is also all the infrastructure of a city that size with shopping and restaurants. Actually, Nara could be a lovely base from where to undertake daytrips to Osaka and Kyoto (most people opt for the other way round, though). Train connections are frequent and really affordable!

Nara's hostel scene is small but lovely -- do watch out for some real marvels! There are some hostels in really stunning traditional houses where (almost) all is in traditional style. This is otherwise usually only found in Ryokan, which should prove to be not affordable for most budget travelers. It is absolutely worth putting up with the distance to those hostels you might have to bridge to get to them from the train station (not too bad after all, just not really close)! Should those be booked solid, all other hostels in Nara can be recommended with a peace of conscience. They are spotless and often small and cute and family run. There is also a different -- quieter -- type of traveler here than in neighbouring Kyoto or Osaka. Location-wise, most Nara hostels are scattered kind of close or smack in the middle of the town centre.

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FAQ about Nara Hostels

There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Nara. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Nara. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right? shows all 12 Hostels in Nara. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay.
Guesthouse Tamura is the best hostel in Nara for families. compares prices for 12 hostels in Nara, Japan. We list for you other cheap places to stay in Nara such as
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Oak Hostel Nara is the best rated hostel for partying in Nara.

It offers: Bar.

Your Packing List for Nara

Your Packing List for Nara

Pack smart, not hard

Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Nara and Japan.

You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

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Nara Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Nara, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
12 Total number of hostels
$20 Average dorm price
$20 Cheapest hostel in Nara
Guesthouse Tamura is the cheapest
3 Party hostels in Nara
Oak Hostel Nara is the best rated
6.1 Average rating of all hostels

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Kaizuka (49 Km / 31 mi.)
Kobe (57 Km / 35 mi.)

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