Located a six-minute drive from Nara railway station, the 158-room property is also Marriott International’s 50th property in the country and its 800th in the Asia-Pacific region.
Instead of seeing Nara on a rushed day trip from Kyoto or Osaka, luxury-minded travelers now have even more reason to stay overnight. The brand-new JW Marriott Nara puts a modern spin on the traditional character of a place that served as Japan’s imperial capital for much of the eighth century.
Contemporary interiors by the global design firm G.A Group reference Nara’s rich cultural heritage through design details like timber beams in the lobby and a fabric backdrop behind the reception area, a showpiece that depicts the hills surrounding Nara in painterly colors. The JW Marriott’s 158 guest rooms include 16 suites; all feature materials found inside traditional Japanese houses such as timber, bronze, and leather. The famous sacred deer of Nara Park are a recurring motif throughout the hotel, and each room is adorned with sculptural representations of deer antlers hanging over the beds.
Downstairs, guests have three dining and drinking venues to choose from. Breakfast is taken at Silk Road Dining, an all-day eatery whose chefs dish up both local and international fare from inside an open kitchen. Meanwhile, the reservations-only specialty restaurant Azekura offers teppanyaki, sushi, and kaiseki in a contemporary space inspired by the eighth-century artefacts of the treasure house built for Nara’s Todai-ji temple. A more casual experience—think afternoon tea sessions and pre-dinner drinks—can be enjoyed at Flying Stag, the lobby lounge and bar.
The landscaped grounds are home to JW Garden, where fresh herbs and greens are harvested for various menu items and craft cocktails. Other facilities include a ballroom and four meeting rooms, an Executive Lounge set well away from the social areas, and recreational spaces like a 24-hour fitness center and indoor swimming pool. Finally, Spa by JW offers an extensive range of massages, facials, and therapy baths in timber- and stone-faced rooms designed to mirror the calm of the nearby temples.
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