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A Comfortable Stay In Nikko, Japan: 5 Hotels & 5 Airbnb

A Comfortable Stay In Nikko, Japan: 5 Hotels & 5 Airbnb

One of the most important things when you travel is without a doubt, your accommodation. After a day of touring and feasting, it is important to have a comfortable place to return to and spend ​the night. In addition, the place has to match your arrival timing and offer you quality service that will make the trip less tiring. That being said, here are some recommendations when you travel to the rustic town of Nikko. As a town that is rich in culture and history, it is a popular destination among travelers and they have the accommodations to match this wealth of culture as well as modern adaptations to provide visitors the best of both worlds.

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1. The Luxurious Onsen Ryokan: Kanaya Hotel Kinugawa (from 500 USD)

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Just a stone’s throw away from the Tobu Kinugawa Onsen station, this is one of the most prestigious and luxurious ryokan in Nikko. A ryokan is a traditional Japanese Inn that offers an all-inclusive stay which means covering your lodging and meals on top of their relaxing onsen. It is definitely the ideal accommodation for weary travelers or for those who simply wish to kick back and relax and for those who have the spare cash to afford this luxurious experience as there is no a hassle you have to handle with everything provided for your pleasure.

The guest rooms come with open-air or indoor baths but both promise a stunning view of the Kinugawa River. You can be immersed in the comforting ambience of nature during your private baths or you can enjoy a similarly fantastic bath in the public baths that offer a different experience. Even Japanese that have their own private baths are willing to dip in the public baths and enjoy a different relaxing experience. Do remember to check the bath timing of the public baths at the reception as it differs based on your gender. Their rooms also combine the best of the past and present with tatami-filled rooms and traditional decorations coupled with modern flat screen television and DVD players. With the gorgeous view of the Kinugawa River, you can certainly unwind and have a memorable experience here!

Kanaya Hotel Kinugawa

Address: 1394 Kinugawa-Onsen Ohara, Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture (see map)

Price: from 500 USD

Access: 3-minute walk from Tobu Kinugawa Onsen Station

Contact: +81 288-76-0001

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2. An affordable Ryokan: Hotel Shirakawa Yunokura (from 300 USD)

A short walk away from the Kinugawa Onsen train station lies Hotel Shirakawa Yunokura situated in the valleys. You could consider this a little escapade from the bustling city as you are assured of a comfortable and peaceful stay at this hotel. As a ryokan, almost all your basic necessities are taken care of, leaving you hassle-free to enjoy all their facilities. This hotel is big enough to have their own onsen but if you find the public onsen too crowded or wish for an even quieter time, you can always pay a small fee for a private onsen. Shirakawa is definitely a ryokan that goes all out to ensure you have a peaceful time.

Surrounded by nature, you can let down your hair and relax comfortably at this ryokan. Furthermore, your meals are served in private dining rooms. This allows you to experience quality personalized service and interact with the employees to find out more about Nikko or Japan. Rest assured that this is one of the most value-for-money ryokan you can find, especially with such personal service and great location, this ryokan will surely take all your troubles away.

Hotel Shirakawa Yunokura

Address: 483 Kinugawa-onsen Taki, Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture (see map)

Price: from 300 USD

Access: 15-minute walk from Kinugawa Onsen train station

Contact: +81 288-76-0020

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3. A boutique experience: Nikko Kanaya Hotel (from 200 USD)

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Strategically located near the Tobu and JR railway station, Kanaya Hotel is one of Nikko’s oldest resort hotel in Japan and has capitalized on their wealth of experience to provide quality service and an unforgettable stay at their hotel. Being near prominent landmarks in Nikko, like the Toshogu Shrine and Rinno-ji Temple, you can easily access these must-go places in Nikko at your convenience.

In addition to their prime location, the hotel itself completes the Nikko experience with their blend of Japanese and Western culture in their service and design. Distinct features of traditional Japan, like their cottage architecture, are furnished with modern Western decorations that elevate the hotel’s interior to a whole new level, providing visitors an astonishing sight and comfortable place to stay. Guests are also allowed to visit the Coffee Lounge Maple Leaf for some local snacks or the Bar Day Site that whips up an amazing cocktail and has a large array of drinks you can pick from. Kanaya will ensure all your comfort and necessities are taken care of so that you get a great night’s rest after a day of exploring Nikko. This is definitely a boutique hotel that will meet all your expectations and beyond.

Nikko Kanaya Hotel

Address: 1300 Kamihatsuishimachi, Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture (see map)

Price: from 200 USD

Access: 6-minute bus ride from Tobu/JR Railway Nikko station

Contact: +81 288-54-0001

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4. Ensuring value-for-money: Hotel Ootaki

A short 15 minute walk away from the railway station, you can find yourself at one of the most value-for-money hotels you can find. For travelers who are not in for a luxurious experience but do not want to compromise on their comfort, Hotel Ootaki is the solution to your problems. Despite being a budget hotel, it provides service and quality on par with higher-end hotels to ensure your satisfaction. While they do not have their own onsen, they provide free shuttle service to an indoor and outdoor onsen, making sure you do not miss out on the valuable experience.

Surrounded by mountains, you can enjoy a scenic view in your own room which is big enough for your family to enjoy. Aside from a taste of Japan’s great hospitality, there are also many restaurants in the vicinity which the staff would be more than glad to direct you to. They also have their own restaurant which promises to satisfy your palette. For their low prices, Hotel Ootaki guarantees satisfaction with their quality service and great rooms, making every penny worth it!

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5. Build bridges with fellow travelers: Nikko Guesthouse Sumica (from 40 USD)

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A guesthouse just a few minutes away from JR Nikko Train Station, the Sumica Guesthouse is one of the most popular places of lodging for backpackers or light travelers. It you are here for a day trip or only plan to sleep a night before moving to another town, this guesthouse is the perfect place to be. Being near popular landmarks, you will be able to spend less time travelling and cover more landmarks during your visit to Nikko.

As a guesthouse, the dormitories are separated by gender. So take this opportunity to make new friends with fellow travelers and even some local Japanese who are also here on holiday. The owners also offer innovative programs like a sports night where all guests are invited to a night of sports like badminton or basketball. With good hospitality and service, you can be rest assured that it will be a great place to spend your nights in during your travel. In addition, you will definitely leave with fond memories and new friends as there are many opportunities to interact with fellow guests who are all equally friendly.

Nikko Guesthouse Sumica

Address: 5-12 Aioicho, Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture (see map)

Price: from 40 USD

Access: 3-minute walk from JR Nikko Train Station

Contact: +81 288-53-1838

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6. One-stop hassle-free apartment (from 40 USD)

Shared mixed room
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From providing shuttle service to a full day tour of Nikko, this apartment ensures that all the hassle of planning and navigating go out of the window. The host offers shuttle service from JR and Tobu Nikko stations at specific timings to ensure you do not waste your time waiting. He will bring you to his apartment that is set amongst cherry trees and a soothing river. He completes the experience by offering bicycles and swimming tubes, snorkels and goggles for you to take a nice hike in the surrounding mountains or take a dip in the river right outside.

Free breakfast will also be provided in the morning where you can talk with the host for some advice on the landmarks in Nikko or if you like, he can organize a full-day tour with other guests as well. This makes this apartment the perfect place for travelers who worry about navigating and planning as everything will be settled nicely for you by a great host!

Shared Mixed Room in Nikko Japan 1

Address: Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture (see map)

Price: from 40 USD

Room Type: Shared mixed rooms

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7. Live like a Japanese family (from 50 USD)

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Owned by the Shunsuke Family, you can expect the apartment to be very kid-friendly. Providing 24/7 support, the owners ensure that you will have everything you need especially if you have toddlers that need particular products. Located in a quiet neighborhood, you can feel yourself slowly assimilate to the town and feel like a Japanese family yourself. Everyone is very friendly and will offer assistance if you need any.

The apartment is also near the Imaichi station which is one station prior to Nikko, making it easy to visit all the landmarks in the vicinity. With a place spacious enough for your kids to roll around, a convenience store to suit your needs and a great location, you will be able to live comfortably here as if you were a local yourself!

Shunsuke Family

Address: Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture (see map)

Price: from 50 USD

Room Type: Whole apartment

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8. Be like a bear in the comfort of his forest house (from 150 USD)

Bear house
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Picking you up from JR or Tobu railway station at your convenience, the host will drive you deep into the forest which is protected by the authorities. This apartment offers you the urban escape you have been itching to have as you can relax and unwind in the depths of the forest surrounded by the historic air of Nikko. Their ensuite rooms will ensure you the comfort that you need with their clean and minimalist interior. Being near iconic landmarks, you can easily explore the history of Nikko and after a long day, retire to the Bear house for a tasty meal at their casual western restaurant. With everything settled, this is the perfect place for a getaway.

Nikko Teddy Bear House

Address: Nikko, Tochigi, Japan (see map)

Price: from 150 USD

Room Type: Whole room

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9. Sleep by the cedar trees (from 50 USD)

Cedar trees near the house
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A hidden gem near the Imaichi station is an apartment owned by the friendly Yuichi that promises a good stay at his house. Offering up a room in his own apartment, Yuichi also serves as a one-man guide and receptionist. He will ensure your check in and luggage will all be handled at your convenience and serve as your guide if he has the time or if you have arranged with him previously. This gem is located near a long avenue of cedar trees that makes the place a relaxing spot to be. You can also easily visit a mountain range that will give you a breath taking view or take a stroll along the Imaichi Triangle. Yuichi will be more than glad to bring you around and answer your queries if you have any. This is the place for a personal touch of a Japanese’s hospitality and service.

Folksy House of Japan

Address: Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture (see map)

Price: from 50 USD

Room Type: Shared room

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10. Go traditional at this Japanese Cottage (from 90 USD)

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Complete the traditional experience of Nikko by spending your nights in a traditional Japanese cottage! This apartment brings you back to the past with classic tatami mats and sliding doors, just like traditional Japanese houses. While the interior design follows the roots of a traditional cottage, the amenities are kept updated, with fast internet connection and modern facilities to ensure a comfortable stay. It truly offers the best of both worlds as you time travel to the past without losing the comfort of the present day. The host stays just opposite the cottage, offering assistance and travel tips anytime you need them and ensures everything is accounted for to make your stay a pleasant experience. With a prime location that is near popular landmarks in Nikko, this apartment is definitely worth considering!

Cottage Fu-sha

Address: Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture (see map)

Price: from 90 USD

Room Type: Whole Apartment

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A wide variety of attractive accommodations

Ranging from classic luxurious ryokans to a unique camping experience, Nikko certainly offers a wide variety of apartments. However, one thing remains constant among all the apartments. That is the quality and service you can expect, ensuring your trip remains a pleasant and unforgettable one. So do not hesitate in your bookings as these popular accommodations end up fully booked in the blink of an eye!

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