What’s a Japan holiday without onsen? For the tired traveler who wants to relax over their Japan trip, staying in one of these private onsen ryokans and hotels will give you greater access to a chill vacation. Here is a list of Nikko’s 15 best onsen ryokans and hotels for you to consider.
Nikko Yumoto Onsen
Yumoto offers hot spring baths both indoors and outdoors. Guests can request for a relaxing massage at an extra cost. You can also enjoy a traditional multi-course meal for dinner! Rooms are available in both Japanese and Western styles, where all rooms are air-conditioned and complete with a flat-screen TV, a fridge and an electric kettle with green tea bags. Within the property, guests can also enjoy singing at the karaoke room. If you prefer a day spent in nature, Yumoto is a 20-minute drive away from Kegon Falls and a 10-minute drive away from Senjogahara Plateau. Should you happen to go in the right season, Yumoto Ski Resort is just a 10-minute walk away.
Address: 2530, Yumoto, Nikko-city, Tochigi prefecture
Price: 247 USD onwards (Western suite room for two adults)
Access: Ride the Tobu Bus for 80 minutes from JR Nikko Train Station to Yumoto Bus Stop, which is a 5-minute walk away from the Ryokan.
At Okku Nikko, guests can refresh themselves at the public indoor and outdoor hot-spring baths at Okunikko Konishi Hotel. Each room features a mountain view and a tatami seating area. In the property, a coin-operated launderette and bicycle rentals are available for guests’ convenience. The hotel is a 10-minute drive from Senjyogahara and a 15-minute drive from Lake Chuzenjiko. Yumoto Ski Resort is a 10-minute walk away. After a day of skiing, guests can relax at the massage chairs in the hotel or enjoy a hot spring bath. A private hot spring bath requires extra cost.
Okunikko Konishi Hotel
Address: 2530 Yumoto, Nikko-city, Tochigi prefecture
Price: 255 USD onwards for two guests
Access: Free shuttle available from Nikko Train Station, which is a 1-hour drive away
Kinugawa Hotel offers air-conditioned bright rooms with a flat-screen TV, a fridge and complimentary green tea. Guests have a choice between Tatami or Western-style beds. The Kinugawa front desk is open 24 hours, and karaoke is also available. In the vicinity, guests can enjoy the mountains, lakes and rivers, immersing oneself in the beauty of nature. Outdoor person? You can enjoy rafting and canyoning in these surrounding areas! Guests can also take a 10-minute drive to Nikko Edo Wonderland, or a 40-minute drive to Nikko Tosho-gu Shrine.
Kinugawa Onsen Hotel
Address: 545 Kinugawa onsen Taki, Nikko-city, Tochigi prefecture
Price: 342 USD onwards for two guests (Japanese style non-smoking room). Many other room types available.
Access: A shuttle is available from Tobu Kinugawa Onsen Station, which is a 7-minute drive away (charges apply)
Kanaya Hotel Kinugawa boasts large Japanese-style rooms with balconies and exquisite river views. Complimentary soft drinks are offered at the lounge from 7am to 9.30pm. Luxurious rooms have outdoor seating which overlook Kinugawa river, floor-to-ceiling windows and tatami floors. Many open-air baths are available. Pamper yourself with a massage treatment, relax on the sun terraces, or go hiking in the beautiful surroundings, you won’t run out of things to do here.
Kanaya Hotel Kinugawa
Address: 1394 Kinugawa-onsen, Nikko-city, Tochigi prefecture
Price: 683 USD onwards (Japanese style)
Access: From Kinugawa-Onsen Station (Tobu Railway Kinugawa Line): 3 minutes on foot. By car: 20 minutes from Nikko-Utsunomiya Road Imaichi IC.
Hananoyado Matsuya features a hot spring bath and sauna. Mainly offering Japanese-style rooms, this ryokan is decorated with numerous paintings by Yumeji Takehisa, and guests are greeted with seasonal flowers. A rather homely atmosphere, Nikko Toshogu Shrine is 15 km (9.3 miles) from Hananoyado Matsuya, while Kegon Falls is 23 km (14.3 miles) from the property.
Address: 19 Fujiwara, Nikko-city, Tochigi prefecture
Price: 277 USD onwards (Japanese style)
Access: The hotel is about a 3-minute walk from the Front Exit of Kinugawa-koen Station on the Tobu Kinugawa Line.
Kinugawa Grand Hotel Yumenotoki boasts luxurious indoor and outdoor hot spring baths and chic Japanese-style rooms. It is surrounded by lush Japanese Gardens, and rooms are fitted with large windows that offer mountain views. You can select between spacious public baths or reserve cosy private baths at an extra fee. Personal massages are also on offer at the treatment salon. Tobu World Square amusement park is a 6-minute drive away, splendid for families with children, or couples just looking for a good time.
Kinugawa Grand Hotel Yumenotoki
Address: 1021 Kinugawa onsen Ohara, Nikko-city, Tochigi prefecture
Price: 395 USD onwards for two guests (Japanese style).
Access: The hotel is about an 8-minute walk from Kinugawa Onsen Train Station
With open-air natural spring baths that look out to the surrounding mountains, Asaya provides Japanese accommodation that displays flower arrangements throughout. Bringing your kids along? Asaya is just a 10-minute drive away from Edo Wonderland Nikko theme park. Families can also enjoy the karaoke facilities in the property. Massages are also available at Asaya at an additional fee.
Address: 813 Kinugawa onsen Taki, Nikko-city, Tochigi prefecture
Price: 233 USD onwards (Japanese style non-smoking room). Many other room types available.
Access: Bus stop right in front of property, shuttle buses available from Utsunomiya Train Station, an hour away at an additional fee. Also 13-minute walk from Kinugawa Koen Train Station.
Marukyoo is a ryokan offering traditional multi-course meals and a hot-spring bath. It is a mere 400m (1312 feet) away from Kinugawa Onsen Train Station. The rooms are Japanese-style, fitted with tatami-mat floors, futon bedding and shoji paper screens. With a focus on atmosphere, the large windows look out on the area’s mountains, and the indoor hot-spring bath looks out on a small Japanese garden.
Address: 1388-3 Kinugawa onsen Ohara, Nikko-city, Tochigi prefecture
Price: 373 USD onwards (Japanese style)
Access: The hotel is about 400m (1312 feet) away from Kinugawa Onsen Train Station
Lake Chuzenji Area
Hotel Shikisai is one of the top picks in Nikko. It offers 2 public hot spring baths, indoor and outdoor, and a shuttle to the station is provided once a day. Featuring tatami flooring, guest rooms offer both air-conditioning and heating facilities, with indoor and outdoor baths. Traditional Kaiseki dinner is also served.
Address: 2485 Chugushi, Nikko-city, Tochigi prefecture
Price: 396 USD onwards for two guests (Japanese style).
Access: From JR Nikko Station: Take the bus bound for Chuzenji Onsen (about 50 minutes) and get off at Chuzenji Onsen. The hotel is about a 50-minute walk or an 8-minute taxi ride from the bus stop.
A cosy fireplace lounge overlooking the woods greets guests at Chuzenji Kanaya Hotel, which is 5 minutes away from Chuzenji Lake. After you check in, an indoor hot-spring bath awaits, or you can relax in your own room with a hot cup of green tea. The rooms are classically decorated and comes with wood furnishing, fitting in with the forest and river views.
Chuzenji Kanaya Hotel
Address: 2482 Chugushi, Nikko-city, Tochigi prefecture
Price: 411 USD onwards for two guests (Japanese style).
Access: From JR / Tobu Railway Nikko Station: 60 minutes by bus bound for Yumoto Onsen, 5 minutes on foot from Hotel-mae stop
A 15-minute walk away from the Nikko Toshogu Shrine, Nikko Hoshino Yado features natural hot spring baths with exquisite Japanese garden views. Its rooms are mostly traditional Japanese style with futon bedding and overlooking Nikko Mountains or the hotel’s garden. Relax or unwind with a massage or by soaking in the hotel’s cypress wood hot-spring baths. Guests can experience wearing traditional kimono and have their picture taken too.
Nikko Hoshino Yado
Address: 1115 Kamihatsushi-cho, Nikko-city, Tochigi prefecture
Price: 269 USD onwards for two guests (Japanese style).
Access: From JR / Tobu Nikko Station: 7 minutes by taxi. From Tohoku Expressway Utsunomiya IC, Nikko-Utsunomiya Road Nikko IC: (2 km or 1.2 miles)
A slice of old Japan Ryokan set in the mountains, Hotel Tokugawa offers both Japanese and Western rooms, all with garden views. Public hot spring bath, massage treatment, or go hiking around the area, Hotel Tokugawa has plenty of things for you to discover. Food is well-praised by many guests, especially their Japanese Kaiseki dinner. Worthy of the Tokugawa name, fit for shoguns of olden times, experience world-class service at Hotel Tokugawa.
Okunoin Hotel Tokugawa
Address: 2204 Nikko, Nikko-city, Tochigi prefecture
Price: 533 USD onwards for two guests (Japanese style).
Access: From JR / Tobu Railway Nikko Station: 8 minutes by car. From Nikko-Utsunomiya Road Nikko IC: 8 minutes (4 km or 2.5 miles)
Serenity beckons you at the Tsuganoki ryokan in the Kinugawa Onsen district. Favored on Booking.com by those who wish to have a break from the noisy atmosphere of the city, the ryokan offers well-furnished, traditional Japanese rooms fitted with comfy futon beds and a flat-screen TV. The highlight of the accommodation is undoubtedly the private onsen on the open-air balcony, a perfect spot to unwind and relax while gazing at the stunning mountains enveloping the region. If you can tear yourself away from these pleasures, then visit the Nikko Toshogu Shrine and the Futarasan Shrine nearby.
Address: Tochigi, Nikko, Kinugawaonsen Ohara 1438-1, Japan
Price: 323 USD
Access: 6-minute drive from Kinugawaonsen station
Nikko Station Hotel Classic undoubtedly scores for its fantastic location right in front of the JR Nikko station. It not only puts guests a short train ride away from numerous attractions but also offers cozy rooms decorated in warm colors and fitted with fluffy bedding as well as a 40-inch flat-screen TV. Delight in the indoor and outdoor hot spring baths, then treat yourself to the delectable local specialties served at the two on-site restaurants. When you’re ready to venture out of the hotel, amazing natural sights like the Chuzenji-ko Lake and the Kegon no Taki Waterfall are just a short drive away. The ancient Toshogu Shrine is also just within earshot.
Nikko Station Hotel Classic
Address: Tochigi, Nikko, Aioicho 3-1 , Japan
Price: 154 USD
Access: Right in front of the JR Nikko station
If you’ve been knee-deep in the hustle and bustle of city life, this is the place to get away from it all. Situated along the stunning Kinugawa River, Hotel Sunshine Kinugawa features an array of entertainment facilities like karaoke and table tennis, and its rooms are fitted with tatami flooring and traditional futon bedding. Indulge your senses in one of their open-air baths or saunas, and treat yourself to a soothing massage for a small additional fee. The added cherry on top is its prime location within easy reach of a range of attractions, including the Kinu-tateiwa Otsuribashi Bridge, Tobu World Square Amusement Park, and Edo Wonderland, making it a perfect base for a family vacation.
Hotel Sunshine Kinugawa
Address: Tochigi, Nikko, Kinugawa Onsen Ohara 1437-1, Japan
Price: 117 USD
Access: 6-minute drive from Kinugawa Onsen Train Station
An immersive experience
Onsen is both a cultural representation of Japan, as well as the perfect place to spend a lazy afternoon at. Pick the right accommodation, and you will be able to literally immerse yourself in fond memories of Japan!