Just 10 minutes from JR Nara Train Station on the free shuttle, Heijo offers a summertime outdoor pool, a tea cafe and hilltop views of Nara city. Guests enjoy a traditional in-room breakfast and dinner in the Japanese-style rooms. Each room at Heijo Ryokan is air-conditioned, with an LCD TV, a fridge and green tea. All include a private bathroom and slippers, and some have city views. Guests sleep on a tatami (woven-straw) floor in Japanese futon bedding. In winter, a warm stone disc is provided to warm guests’ feet. The shuttle from Nara Station must be requested at time of booking. Free parking is provided, and the property is a 10-minute drive from Nara Park and Kasuga Taisha Shrine. Todaji Temple and Nara National Museum are a 7-minute drive. Guests can enjoy the pool in July and August, and a gift shop sells unique local wares year-round. Hot public baths offer a chance to unwind in the Japanese way. A set breakfast and multi-course Kaiseki dinner are served. Dinner consists of regional specialities made using fresh local, seasonal ingredients.