8 Best Airbnb Vacation Rentals Around Nara, Japan - Updated 2022

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Nara is one of the popular tourist destinations in Japan, famous for the great Buddha, lovely deer and extensive destinations of Kyoto and Osaka. It’s only a 1 hour train ride from JR Nara station to JR Kyoto station, thus, when you can’t find an affordable accommodation in Kyoto itself, this could be a wiser option. You can enjoy the scenery from the window, so one hour just passes by for sure!

1. The traditional Japanese guesthouse – Guesthouse Makura

Guesthouse Makura is located about 15 minutes from JR Nara station by foot. You will stay in a small private room of an old traditional Japanese style guesthouse. Free WiFi is available, and the toilet and showers are communal. It is recommended for pairs and also for those who are driving as free parking is available.

private backroom(奥個室) Guesthouse Makura
奈良市, 奈良県, Japan
169 reviews  Wifi Available
Private room in residential home 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the room is old-style washitsu () with tatami lamp a table mirror ac & fan
the "bed" was made with ofudon and quite comfortable to sleep on
if you want a comfortable place to stay in nara please choose katsuro you won't be disappointed
such a lovely little room everything is (website hidden by airbnb) the way katsuro is so nice
it's a good experience to live in such a wood structure room
it is clean and conviniet
very clean and traditional guesthouse
clean and cosy traditional-house stay in nara
everything was clean and the room is very comfy
the room is clean and comfortable
the host is very nice
katsuro was a fantastic host
the host cared our safety
lovely place and great host
the staff there introduce numerous great sights
the location is great
good location aswell close to nara park
the location is excellent for traveling as it is close to nara park and railway station
good location convenient transportation close to the scenic spot
near to all major shopping streets and stations and super stylish
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2. An apartment just 5 minutes from JR Nara station

The hotels in the convenient areas in Nara are usually slightly costly, especially when they are within walking distance from the JR Nara station. This apartment is perfect for those who are looking for a simple accommodation at a cheap price! Hosted by Go, this Airbnb site is just 5 minutes from JR Nara station in an apartment called Stale Nara. The small 1K type room comes with free WiFi as well as washing machines. To make things better, it is only 9 minutes from the renowned Todaiji Temple by bus! It is highly recommended for those traveling alone or in pairs.

5 minutes walk from JR Nara! It is a clean room.
Nara-shi, Nara-ken, Japan
75 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Entire rental unit 2 Beds 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the amenities are very comfortable
it is a nice fully equiped studio apartment
but there is another huge supermarket about 300m west of the apt
the apt was very well equipped - washing machine rice cooker microwave toaster and refrigerator
the apt size is quite good for japan and suits two people fine
great place its clean convenient comfortable
room is very comfortable and clean
it's a super equipped very clean and cozy room with all the essential facilities in place
it has completed facilities and it's really clean and quiet
a really thoughtful host has everything in the house
nice place well located
nice place that is close to the train station and all attractions
good location will definitely come back next time
it's comfortable apartment in a very convenient location
very easy to take the bus from jr nara to all the place
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3. Room B – great for pairs

A double bed is available at this Airbnb site, which is about 8 minutes from JR Nara station by foot. A kitchen is available as well as a coin laundry, and free WiFi is available too. This room is also great for those who are traveling in pairs.

Tarbo's House Sakuramachi 113 : Near JR Nara st
奈良市, 奈良県, Japan
131 reviews
Entire apartment 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the wifi provided was good and even got a pocket wifi during our stay
western bed table chairs small but well equipped kitchen
the room was extremely comfortable
we especially liked the comfortable mattress
the room is good and self-suficient (with small kitchen and toilet)
towels to dry the bathroom and the dishes would be nice
great place clean and cosy
very beautiful appartment clean and practical
inside the apartment the environment is clean and cozy
the room was clean and the bed pretty nice
fantastic hosts with great recommendations
5 star hosts for sure
our host was easy to communicate with and responded quickly
but i‘m sure the host is motivated to improve these points ;-)
host is nice and answering very fast
great location close to the jrnara railway station
easy walk to the train and bus station
good location near nara park and jr station
also good location when coming from nara station
ideal for a one person stay in location close to the downtown
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4. Traditional Japanese style accommodation at Guesthouse Kotone

Guesthouse Kotone is located just 5 minutes from Kintetsu Ouji station by foot. A fully equipped kitchen as well as a living room and tourist information is available at the guesthouse, making it great for those who are unsure about their travel plans. The shower and toilet facilities are shared. This guesthouse is highly recommended for those who are traveling in groups of up to 4. To make things better, it is very convenient from both Nara and Osaka as it is only about 20 minutes from both stations by train.

4 person dorm in Guesthouse Kotone
158 reviews
Shared room 4 Beds 4 Guests

5. Double bed in a compact room

This Airbnb site is about 10 minutes from JR Nara station via foot and is perfect for those who are traveling in groups of up to 4. Free WiFi is available and it is also a very convenient place as there are supermarkets, convenience stores and coin laundries in the vicinity.

Airbnb, Taku

6. The Japanese style Guest House Route 53

A former Ryokan (Japanese style hotel) was reformed into Guest House Route 53, today a popular Airbnb site around Nara. It is slightly further than the former site and is 15 minutes from JR Nara station by foot, but that also means it is quieter and more serene. A shared kitchen is available as well as WiFi, and it is perfect for those traveling in pairs.

Guest House Route 53

7. Conveniently near Saidaiji station

This Airbnb, located just 6 minutes from Saidaiji station, is great for those who are looking for a cheaper accommodation. Saidaiji is by no means inconvenient and is in-fact just 5 minutes from Nara station by train. Furthermore, a Kintetsu department store and AEON supermarket are also located in the vicinity of this Airbnb site. It is highly recommended for those traveling in pairs.

Tetsuya, Airbnb

8. Organic Farmhouse Tomaryanse

Organic Farmhouse Tomaryanse is located about 10 minutes from Asuka station by foot. Located in a quiet rural area of Japan, this place is highly recommended for those traveling alone or in pairs and who love to witness Japan’s unique scenery. You may be able to experience what farming is like if the timing matches. Dinner and breakfast is also available at just 2000 JPY (18 USD) and 500 JPY (5 USD) respectively.

Organic farmhouse Tomaryanse
Asuka-mura, Takaichi-gun, Nara-ken, Japan
64 reviews
Private room in hut 2 Beds 1 Bedroom 2 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
rustic yet comfortable farmhouse in a lovely rural setting
the rooms were spacious and comfortable
our room was clean neat and simple
great place with great scenery and clean air
very nice staff as well
nice staff asuka is great
eileen is a great host
the host hanae is a nice and friendly girl
have futon bed the host was good
this place is great very close to the train station so easy to find
a nice and cozy traditional japanese house near the train station and convenient store
such a beautiful family living in a beautiful location in the countryside of japan
there is a 7/11 near by and also a nice japanese noodle restaurant (soba) within a walking distance
the place is really cozy traditional countryside bicycle close to many beautiful sights and places
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Convenient, cheap and comfortable!

These amazing Airbnb sites all come at extremely affordable prices, especially for a popular place like Nara. Make sure you check them out when planning your trip to Japan! Sometimes, it’s not easy to find an affordable accommodation in Kyoto. So considering Nara, where you can reach JR Kyoto station in an hour’s time easily, would be a wiser option!

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