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Guest Houses in Nara: A 150-Year Old House Was Remodeled for Travelers

More people have started staying at guest houses on a trip. Some may be attracted by reasonable prices and other people may be looking forward to interacting with unique owners and other guests staying there.

There are many guest houses in Nara Prefecture, particularly in Nara City. This time I am going to introduce distinct guest houses in the central part of the prefecture, one in each area of Asuka village, Miwa and Hasedera.

This is the first part and I am introducing Asuka Guest House located in Asuka village, Nara Prefecture.


Asuka Guest House started its business in April 2015. This guest house is filled with authentic Japanese atmosphere, having been converted from an old house.

It is located in the center of Asuka village, and only 2 minutes away by walking from Asukaniimasu Jinja shrine.

Asuka village has many mysterious, ancient stone monuments including Ishibutai-kofun tumulus, which is considered as the grave of Soga-no-Umako (551-626 AD). Peaceful countryside view consists of a village and nearby mountains and regarded as the original scenery of Japan, this area has many fans not only in Japan but also in the world.

Only silence envelops the area after the sunset, and of course there is nothing like a convenience store in the neighborhood. You can enjoy such silence and the original scenery of Japan to the fullest at the Asuka Guest House.

*Asukaniimasu Jinja: This shrine is famous for its Onda-matsuri, known as one of the quirkiest festivals in Japan, in which dances are dedicated to pray for successful coupling of a man and woman.

*Ishibutai-kofun tumulus: It was constructed in the latter half of the tumulus period (3-6th centuries AD). It was originally covered with soil to form a hill, but the soil was eventually lost to expose its huge stone structure. For more information, here


Now let’s see the inside of the guest house.

Writer’s Photo

You can make your own exploration plan of Asuka village, looking at the handmade map and brochure. The guest house staffs are friendly and more than happy to help you with your trip plan.

Writer’s Photo: Matsumoto-san, one of the staff

The place is equipped with an open kitchen with a counter, which is unusual for a guest house, and you can add meals to your overnight stay if you like. A variation of breakfast only, teatime only or alcohol only is of course available, too. Supper is at 1000 yen and breakfast at 300 yen, this reasonable pricing surely makes guests happy. And overnight stay only is OK, too.

Writer’s Photo: A room in a 150-year old remodeled warehouse

For those who cherish a private space, the guest house offers a separate room in a 150-year old remodeled warehouse. Accommodating up to 6 people, you can stay there alone or as a group including family or friends.

Or dormitories are also available either mixed-gender or female-only. The mixed dormitory has a remnant feeling of the 150-year old house, and the female-only dorm has interior based on white color.

The Asuka Guest House is very convenient as a base for sightseeing in Asuka village or the central to southern part of Nara Prefecture as a whole.

Please take a look and actually stay over in the old house.

<Asuka Guest House> MapWebsite
Address: 659 Asuka, Asuka-mura, Takaich-gun Nara-ken
Phone: 0744-54-5659
Access: From JR Kyoto Station, take the Kintetsu Kashihara Line to Kashiharajingu-mae Station. Leave the station through the east ticket gate and ride on an Asuka-mura tour bus from No.2 gate of the bus terminal. Get off at “Asuka” bus stop 9 minutes later and walk for 3 minutes.

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About the author

I am a licensed guide (in English) who was born and raised in Nara. I hope to convey the beauty of Nara and its history, the current Nara as well as the old and new of Kansai Area. Trust me to keep you in the know about Nara and the Kansai Area!

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