Nestled in the culturally rich and serene landscape of Nara, Ehon Hotel is Japan’s first picture book-themed hotel, offering a distinctive experience that combines the magic of storytelling with sustainable hospitality. This unique establishment invites guests of all ages to immerse themselves in the enchanting world of picture books while enjoying the tranquility and beauty of Nara.

A Literary Escape

Ehon Hotel is more than just a place to stay—it’s a destination that celebrates the power of picture books to inspire, educate, and entertain. The hotel features a curated collection of beautiful picture books from around the world, with a special emphasis on Italian titles, as well as pop-up books, bath books, and those that address social themes. This collection is designed to open up the great big world to both children and adults, making every stay a journey into the world of imagination and creativity.

Luxurious and Cozy Accommodations

Our accommodations are thoughtfully designed to provide a comfortable and memorable stay. Each room is adorned with thematic decor that brings the charm of picture books to life. Guests can choose from a variety of room types, including spacious suites perfect for families and cozy rooms ideal for solo travelers or couples. Every room is equipped with modern amenities to ensure a comfortable stay, including air conditioning, private balconies, and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Sustainability at Its Core

Ehon Hotel is deeply committed to sustainability and ethical consumption. The hotel building, originally constructed in 1985 as a dormitory for Forestry Agency workers, has been renovated to minimize environmental impact. This renovation approach has significantly reduced CO2 emissions and waste compared to constructing a new building. The hotel also uses locally sourced materials, such as Yoshino cedar and cypress, and even features handmade door handles crafted from cherry wood harvested from nearby Akahadayama Mountain.

The hotel’s commitment to sustainability extends to its energy consumption as well. All lighting fixtures use energy-efficient LED bulbs, and the hotel’s electricity is supplied by renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power. By integrating these eco-friendly practices, Ehon Hotel not only reduces its carbon footprint but also supports local industries and communities.

Local and Ethical Dining

While Ehon Hotel does not have an on-site restaurant, it partners with local farmers, restaurants, and delivery services to provide guests with fresh, locally produced food. This approach not only reduces the environmental impact associated with transporting food over long distances but also allows guests to savor the seasonal flavors of Nara. The hotel acts as a concierge, guiding guests to the best local dining options and ensuring an authentic culinary experience.

Engaging Activities and Cultural Experiences

Ehon Hotel offers a variety of activities designed to engage guests with the local culture and natural beauty of Nara. Guests can participate in traditional Japanese tea ceremonies, explore the nearby forests and historical sites, or simply relax with a good book from the hotel’s extensive collection. The hotel also supports local artisans by offering pottery workshops that allow guests to create their own unique souvenirs.

Inclusive and Community-Focused

Ehon Hotel is dedicated to promoting inclusivity and providing job opportunities for people with disabilities. In collaboration with local welfare organizations, the hotel employs individuals with disabilities to assist with cleaning and laundry services. This initiative not only supports the local community but also ensures that all guests receive the highest level of care and attention during their stay.

A Family-Friendly Destination

Ehon Hotel is an ideal destination for families. The hotel’s collection of picture books and engaging activities provide endless entertainment for children, while parents can enjoy the peace and tranquility of the surroundings. The family-friendly atmosphere ensures that guests of all ages can create lasting memories together.

Exploring Nara

Located in the heart of Nara, Ehon Hotel is perfectly situated for exploring the region’s many attractions. Nara is renowned for its historical sites, including Todai-ji Temple and Kasuga Taisha Shrine, as well as its picturesque parks and gardens. The city is also famous for its friendly deer, which roam freely throughout Nara Park and offer a unique and charming experience for visitors.

Plan Your Visit

Whether you’re seeking a peaceful retreat, a cultural adventure, or a family-friendly getaway, Ehon Hotel offers a unique and enriching experience. Embrace the magic of picture books, enjoy the beauty of sustainable living, and explore the rich cultural heritage of Nara.

For more information and to book your stay, visit our official website. We look forward to welcoming you to Ehon Hotel and sharing the joy of storytelling and sustainable hospitality with you.