Nara JW Marriott Hotel Opens in Japan!

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Nara JW Marriott Hotel lobby draws design inspiration from the city it is located in.

JW Marriott Nara Hotel is the historic city’s first international luxury hotel. And it is also Marriott International’s first JW Marriott Hotel in the country. The hotel has 158 rooms and suites, three restaurants, a spa, and other facilities.

Destination Nara

Deer at temple gate in Nara, Japan.

As Japan’s first capital, Nara is thought of as the birthplace of Japanese culture.

The city is set amid rolling hills and lush forests. And beautifully preserved temples and monuments dot the landscape.

In fact, Nara is home to a UNESCO World Heritage site with 20 historic temples and shrines.

Most importantly, the city is known for the herds of tame deer, which freely roam its streets.

Osaka International Airport is the nearest international airport. In fact, it is roughly 75 kilometers from the city.

Hotel Overview

As the first international luxury property to open in Nara, the JW Marriott Nara is a  short distance from Nara Park.

Despite the hotel’s contemporary design, architects and interior designers drew inspiration from Nara’s traditional homes and temples.

For example, the timber beams in the lobby, the linear fireplace, and the fabric wall-hanging all contribute to a distinct sense of place.

And the theme is carried out throughout the hotel. In fact, it extends from the guest rooms to the food and beverage outlets to the spa and other public spaces.


Room with twin beds.
Deluxe room with king size bed.
Executive suite.

The hotel has 158 rooms and suites. Their interior design features warm tones of timber, bronze, and leather. And all of these elements reflect the local design aesthetic.

For example, stylized representations of deer antlers are displayed on the walls above beds.

Were deer antlers traditionally mounted above the headboards of  local homes?

Hotel Food and Beverage Outlets

Silk Road Dining.
Azekura Restaurant.
Flying Stag Lobby Lounge.

The hotel has three food and beverage outlets. And each one offers a different menu and a different vibe.

Silk Road Dining serves local and international dishes, featuring fresh ingredients. As an all-day dining restaurant, it is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Azekura offers three distinctive styles of Japanese cuisine – teppanyaki, sushi, and kaiseki. And it opens for lunch and dinner.

Flying Stag is the hotel’s lobby lounge and bar. Featuring decadent pastries, it opens for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner.

Hotel Facilities

Couples Room at the JW Marriott Nara Spa by JW.
Spa Pool.

The hotel has a luxurious Spa by JW. In addition, it has an indoor swimming pool and a 24-hour fitness center.

Most importantly, the Spa offers a full menu of spa treatments. For example, there are massages, facials, and therapy baths.

In addition, the hotel has facilities for meetings, weddings, and other events.

VIP Sound Bites

Key figures at Marriott International share their thoughts on the opening the the JW Marriott Nara in Japan.

Rajeev Menon, President, Asia Pacific (excluding Greater China), Marriott International

‘We are very excited to celebrate the opening of JW Marriott Nara,’ Rajeev says.

‘The entry of the JW Marriott brand into the Japanese market is a very significant milestone for us, marking Marriott International’s 50th property in Japan.

‘This debut represents our commitment to our company’s expanding presence in Japan to serve the needs of both domestic and international travelers visiting this beautiful region.’

Jennie Toh, Vice President – Brand, Asia Pacific, Marriott International.

“JW Marriott welcome travelers with ‘The JW Treatment’, our brand philosophy which affirms that true luxury is created by people who are passionate about what they do,’ Jennie says.

“JW Marriott Nara offers authentic experiences with its stunning design, outstanding dining options and elevated service.

‘Through our holistic brand programming, we empower our guests to focus on reclaiming a total mind-and-body wellness as they explore this wonderful destination.’

Hotel Location

JW Marriott Nara1-1-1 Sanjo-oji, Nara City, Japan.


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