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4 Best Hotels in Nikko Offering Great Experiences on a Budget!

4 Best Hotels in Nikko Offering Great Experiences on a Budget!

Date published: 20 November 2019
Last updated: 30 October 2020

Book your hotel in Nikko and fully enjoy the outstanding historical town! While Nikko is a great day trip from Tokyo, it has so many sightseeing points of interest that it's hard to cram it all into one day.

Deciding where to stay in Nikko can be a challenge. One of the most outstanding tourist spots is Nikko's Toshogu Shrine, centrally located in the area. This is a shrine in which Tokugawa Ieyasu, who laid the groundwork for the prosperous development of Edo, is enshrined and is famous for its spectacular architecture and impressive carvings! When traveling in the Kanto region this is one place you definitely should visit.

Here we will introduce four select hotels in Nikko that are close to Toshogu Shrine and which make a convenient base for sightseeing!

Table of Contents
  1. 1. Nikko Kanaya Hotel: One of the classic hotels in Nikko where you can feel history
  2. 2. Nikko Hoshinoyado: Perfect for couples! Pure Japanese-style onsen ryokan in Nikko
  3. 3. Nikko Station Hotel II Bankan: Recommended for solo travelers - Casual & reasonable!
  4. 4. Nikko Guesthouse Sumica: A stylish inn with a retro feel!

1. Nikko Kanaya Hotel: One of the classic hotels in Nikko where you can feel history

1. Nikko Kanaya Hotel: One of the classic hotels in Nikko where you can feel history

The Nikko Kanaya Hotel was established in 1873 as a hotel for foreigners and has the distinction of being the oldest resort hotel in Japan. It has been favored as a salon by both foreign and domestic dignitaries with such luminaries as Charles Lindbergh, Helen Keller, Albert Einstein, and Natsume Soseki having stayed here.

Nikko Toshogu, a major sightseeing destination, is within walking distance. A leisurely stroll will get you there in about 15 minutes.

The moment you set foot inside this famous Nikko accommodation, you are greeted by the elegant furnishings and magnificent sculptures. The interior takes you back in time to the Meiji and Taisho eras at which time it was considered modern and it also has a uniquely Nikko-like feel to it.

You will definitely want to visit the main dining room and lounge. When the hotel opened it was a time when Western cuisine was uncommon in Japan, but through trial and error the chefs over several generations created traditional dishes unique to the hotel.

A fine example of this is the orthodox and elegant breakfast!

Aficionados of classic hotels in Japan will find the guest rooms here to be very relaxing and comfortable having captured the essence of Japanese culture in a Western-style setting.

By no means extravagant yet exuding an air of refinement, you can definitely spend a relaxing and restful time in this hotel in Nikko that's so steeped in history.

If you are looking for a memorable stay in a classic hotel with a long history as a resort, then you should definitely consider staying here.

  • Nikko Kanaya Hotel
    • Address Kamihatsuishi-machi 1300 , Nikko, Tochigi, 321-1401
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    • Nearest Station Tobu Nikko Station (Tobu Nikko Line)
      33 minutes on foot

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2. Nikko Hoshinoyado: Perfect for couples! Pure Japanese-style onsen ryokan in Nikko

2. Nikko Hoshinoyado: Perfect for couples! Pure Japanese-style onsen ryokan in Nikko

Nikko Hoshinoyado is a hotel in Nikko set on the high ground amidst nature, resplendent with a soothing Japanese garden featuring two ponds, and is noted for its yuba kaiseki cuisine. Nikko Toshogu Shrine is only two minutes away by car. It can also be reached on foot in about 15 minutes, close enough for a relaxing walk.

The chic interior of this Nikko ryokan has a pure Japanese atmosphere, and the tatami-mat Japanese-style guest rooms afford excellent views of the mountains of Nikko. Change into a yukata and just sit back and relax,

One of the main attractions at the Nikko Hoshinoyado is its kaiseki cuisine prepared in traditional authentic ways and presented with a modern touch.

In addition to Hikiage Yuba, for which Nikko is famous, the restaurant also serves seasonal dishes beautifully arranged and presented.

The hot spring in the inn draws its water from the hot springs of Nikko Onsen, which is said to be the spring source that Kobo Daishi, an 8th century Buddhist monk, called “Reverie Hot Spring”.

There are large baths made of Japanese cedar and also an open-air bath. The view of the garden from the bath is soothing and if you are lucky, you might even be able to see deer in the garden!

The large baths are called Kengyu-no-Yu and Shokujo-no-Yu. These are the Japanese names of the constellations Altair and Vega shining in the night sky. There is a romantic tale about two stars that originated in China and spread throughout the Far East and which in Japan is told in the Tanabata legend.

Nikko Hoshinoyado, which in English means "Inn of the stars of Nikko", has a romantic atmosphere that is perfect for couples. Another reason it is perfect for couples is because it has a drink service and late checkout plan! If you are traveling with a friend or partner and are looking for a place to spend a relaxing and leisurely time, then this is the perfect place.

If you are visiting Nikko on a day trip, you can also stop by here and use the hot spring, and the inn also offers a lunch with hot spring bath set just for that. If you would like to spend some time out of the ordinary, then why not stay at this quaint hot spring inn?

  • Nikko Hoshinoyado
    日光 星の宿
    • Address 1115 Kamihatsuishimachi, Nikko City 321-1401
    • Nearest Station Access:
      By railway: 2 hours from Tokyo by train. Pickups and drop-offs from the station to the inn (2:00 p.m. ~ 6:00 p.m.)
      By car: About 30 minutes from Tohoku Expressway Utsunomiya IC using Nikko Utsunomiya Road.
    • Phone Number 0288-54-1105

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3. Nikko Station Hotel II Bankan: Recommended for solo travelers - Casual & reasonable!

3. Nikko Station Hotel II Bankan: Recommended for solo travelers - Casual & reasonable!

The Nikko Station Hotel II Bankan is a 3-minute walk from Tobu Nikko Station and a 5-minute walk from JR Nikko Station. Convenient for both business and sightseeing, this hotel in Nikko has 103 rooms and is one of the largest in the Old Nikko area.

Nikko Toshogu is only seven minutes away by car. The hotel is conveniently located in the city, so local buses can be used for sightseeing.

The guest rooms are in a modern Western style. The clean and stylish interior of the rooms is impressive and they have a relaxing atmosphere.

This hotel in Nikko was designed to be used by business people, so all rooms are equipped with free Wi-Fi, the lobby has a PC corner, there is a laundry and also microwave ovens, which makes it perfect for consecutive overnight stays!

If you are on an extended trip or traveling alone, another welcome feature is the reasonable room rates. Depending on the season and date, room rates start at 7,500 yen (excluding tax) per adult for a bed without meals.
There is also a plan in which a light breakfast is provided at no charge, so this hotel is quite a bargain.

The hotel is stylish and urban, but the system and atmosphere are very casual. It is an excellent place for active travelers who can easily use it in a relaxed manner.

There are many day-trip hot springs and delicious restaurants around Nikko, so the Nikko Station Hotel II Bankan is ideally located for taking advantage of them. This is the perfect place for active travelers!

4. Nikko Guesthouse Sumica: A stylish inn with a retro feel!

Recently, the choice of guest houses and Nikko hostels is particularly popular among overseas travelers. In addition to reasonable pricing and a casual atmosphere, they are also attractive from the standpoint of being able to interact more deeply with fellow travelers!

Nikko Guesthouse Sumica is conveniently located a 1-minute walk from Tobu Nikko Station and a 2-minute walk from JR Nikko Station. The vicinity is serviced by trains and buses, so it is ideal for those wishing to travel about Nikko and the surrounding area! You can get to Nikko Toshogu from here by car or bus in about 8 minutes.

Being a renovated private house, the interior has a stylish retro feel about it. It exudes the warm and friendly atmosphere as that when visiting a Japanese friend's house.

The guest rooms are dormitory-style for men and women (from December to March there are only mixed dormitories) and private rooms with tatami flooring.

The rates for a night without meals in a dormitory room start at a very reasonable 3,000 yen (rates vary depending on the season).

There is free Wi-Fi and guests may also use the communal kitchen. There is also a communal space where backpackers, hikers, cyclists from both inside and outside the country can enjoy friendly exchanges.

There is also a chartered-type of lodging called Sumica Apartments.

This is a guest house consisting of three guest rooms with dining room, kitchen, and living area that can be used exclusively by 2 to 4 people.

The living room and kitchenette are stylish making this perfect for families with children or friends traveling in a group.

There are a wide variety of hotels in Nikko thanks to the area's long history as a health resort. Depending on your type of travel and whether alone or in a group, you can find one that suits you perfectly!

Written by:

Hiroko Kuboki

Hiroko Kuboki

A woman in her 30s from Tokyo. I'm a freelance writer. The most interesting themes for me are people's work and delicious things & alcohol. My favorite thing is sampling sushi when I travel!

*This information is from the time of this article's publication.
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.

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