On this trip, we wanted to straddle the hanami sites of Kyoto/Nara and Yoshinoyama (mountain with 30,000 cherry trees). Problem was finding a hotel base convenient to Nara, yet close enough to Yoshinoyama. As it turns out, visitors taking the Kintetsu trains from Kyoto & Nara have to switch train tracks for the dedicated Yoshino line at Kashiharajingumae Station. Which happens to be literally at the doorstep of the Kashihara Royal Hotel.
Although it's an old property, the level of service was outstanding. Efficient check-in, good choice of in-hotel and nearby local restaurants, clean & safe. We even tried the basement level onsen which was our first introduction to traditional Japanese hotspring "therapy". Especially after a long day chasing Nara deer or climbing up Yoshinoyama in the cold, it is something we'd highly recommend to newbies. Just remember to learn about onsen etiquette rules (readily available online).More
- Free Wifi
- Room Service