JW Marriott Hotel Nara

A modern Japanese oasis

JW Marriott Hotel Nara wants nothing more than to put you in a vacation state of mind. Although the hotel resides on a busy street, one step past its double glass doors and you are transported, from the lounge that pays homage to the area’s famed deer with a modern stag artwork above the bar to the guest rooms that are modeled after traditional Nara homes with earthy colors and simple but sophisticated furnishings.

Outside the hotel’s doors you’ll find a lively area full of shopping, food, shrines, temples and activity. The city’s first luxury hotel chain and Japan’s first JW Marriott, the property sits in the center of it all as a peaceful oasis.

Our Inspector's Highlights

  • Modernism, nature-inspired touches and lighting make conjure a soothing atmosphere in the wood-filled lobby. It invites you to relax, with white couches, a coffee station and bookshelves filled with unique décor.
  • The pool and spa incorporate Japanese design with the sleek simplicity of lounge chairs and hot-rolled towels.
  • The Nara hotel does not disappoint when it comes to dining. Silk Road showcases Eastern and Western cuisine; Flying Stag serves pub fare and afternoon tea; and signature restaurant Azekura turns out teppanyaki, sushi and kaiseki meals.
  • JW Marriott Hotel Nara incorporates mindfulness into various aspects of your stay. At check-in, you will get a scent to put on your wrists to start the trip off with a relaxing note. There’s also a Mindful Moment morning yoga stretch class on the deck or banquet room foyer. And at night, a Mindful Turndown service includes a pillow mist.
  • The family-friendly hotel welcomes kids with specially designed activities. Little ones can opt to color, join an origami challenge and or embark on a  picture treasure hunt that sends them around the hotel snapping photos to earn a prize.

Things to Know

  • The luxury hotel has an executive lounge offering concierge service, food and drinks and a meeting room.
  • In the JW Garden, the property grows herbs that the chefs and bartenders use in food and cocktails.
  • The JW is close to major attractions, including the Saho River, Nara Park and the Gangoji Temple.

The Rooms

  • Whether a romantic getaway or family vacation, accommodations at the JW fit every need. The standard is a spacious room with a couch and open bathroom layout.
  • Each Executive Suite has artistic glass flowers and living plants that provide a pop of color within the serene neutral surroundings.
  • The Presidential Suite is the finest the hotel offers. With access to the executive kitchen and lounge, this accommodation delivers the highest level of luxury.

Nearby Attractions

  • As Japan’s original capital, Nara is home to many UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including Todai-ji Temple, Mount Kasuga and Heijo Palace.
  • Two miles from the hotel, Nara Park lets you get up close to the tame, playful deer that roam its nearly 1,300-acre grounds. You can even feed them deer crackers.
  • Peruse the shops lining the narrow streets of Naramachi. They sell everything from sweets to souvenirs.

24-hour room service
Fitness classes
House car
Indoor pool
Meeting rooms
Getting There
1-1-1 Sanjo-oji, Nara City, 630-8013 Japan
ITM (45 min)   KIX (1 hr 5 min-1 hr 15 min)  
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