JAL Hotels announced today
that it will open “Hotel Nikko Nara” in historic Nara City, Japan, on July
1, 2005. Currently operated as “Mitsui Garden Hotel Nara,” the hotel will
undergo gradual renovations without closing.Opened in 1998, the large hotel is fully equipped with a wide range of
facilities that cater to both domestic and international tourists. Located
a short walk from the JR Nara Station, which serves as an entrance to this
renowned tourist destination, the hotel has 330 guest rooms, three dining
facilities, seven banquet facilities and a Japanese-style communal bath.
Hotel Nikko Nara will be JAL Hotels’ sixth hotel in Kansai area.
Originally known as Heijo, Nara was Japan’s first permanent capital,
established in 710. Nara is the home of various World Heritage sites such
as Todaiji Temple, which houses one of the world’s largest Buddha statues.
The city is famous for its Buddhist art and architecture, classified in
Japan as National Treasures and Important Cultural Assets. It is also
well-known for Nara Park, home to hundreds of free-roaming deer. They are
considered messengers of the gods in the Shinto religion and have become a
symbol of the city and have even been designated a National Treasure.