Location rating score
"It is a major tourist attraction so be prepared for fellow travelers."
Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
|Value for money||8.1|
|Distance to city center||0.1 km|
Check-in is from 03:00 PM, and check-out is until 11:00 AM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking, subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee. The resort offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out. The front desk is always open, day or night.
For those who wish to drive their own cars, Nikko Kanaya Hotel has a car park right on site for maximum convenience. Parking is free for guests. Self-parking is conveniently available at the resort. If you're looking for an easy way to get around Nikko with private transportation, the resort can arrange taxi service.
Nikko Kanaya Hotel does not permit smoking in any of its rooms, but allows smoking in designated areas.
"The staff truly understand and offer impeccable service."
March 8, 2020
"We chose an upgraded room and were pleased."
March 8, 2020
"Breakfast was very good."
March 8, 2020
Built in 1873 by the Kanaya family, this Western/Japanese architecturally fused hotel offers stunning mountain views and luxurious rooms. Having hosted many celebrities and historic figures including an Emperor, guests have often referred to the Kanaya hotel in Tochigi as the best resort in Japan. From the library’s large windows, views of the gardens and hills to the exquisite on-site French and Japanese restaurants, the hotel oozes style and culture. The rooms are spacious and the bathrooms have been beautifully renovated with contemporary comforts. Our secure online booking form makes reserving your room at Nikko Kanaya Hotel simple - just fill in your desired dates and click.
"Staff speaks good english."
July 25, 2018
Children and extra beds
Extra beds are dependent on the room you choose. Please check the individual room capacity for more details.
All children are welcome.
|Guest's age||Extra bed|
Infant 0-1 year(s)
Stay for free if using existing bedding.
Baby cot/crib available upon request
Children 2-5 year(s)
Stay for free if using existing bedding.
If you need an extra bed, it will incur an additional charge.
Guests 6 years and older are considered as adults
Must use an extra bed which will incur an additional charge.
Nikko Kanaya Hotel
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A fading beauty in the best Nikko location”
We have really enjoyed our 2 nights stay here but this hotel may not be for everyone. If you like to stay in historical places this place is for you. It is a bit faded. Pros: Scheduled hotel shuttle bus from / to the station (even of you miss it the local bus stops near the hotel); Nice friendly staff; Lovely historical feel of the common areas; great views. LOCATION - very close to the main attractions - you can't get closer. Nice breakfast - go for the Japanese breakfast rather than Western (worth the extra payment); Large room with great view (we stayed in superior double); Access at discount price to the onsen at the other Kanaya hotel located on the lake - catch their shuttle there - 30-40 min very scenic drive. The onsen was great and not crowded. You can also catch a public bus there. We had dinner at the steak house right outside the hotel - it was excellent. Make sure to try the local Nikko mushroom. Note - Nikko is dead after 8pm and all restaurants are closed. Try Bar de Nikko for a meal one night - 5 min walk from the hotel, run by one men - excellent food and friendly. Cons: it is expensive; bathrooms are dated and toiletries are basic for the hotel of this ranking (packets of shampoo that are impossible to open with wet hands); no onsen on premises (but see above). When booking select the room with a view. A friend travelling with us chose "room allocated on arrival" that wasn't that much cheaper - and ended up looking at the roof with air-conditioning. Restaurants at the hotel are very expensive. No non-smoking rooms (not uncommon for Japan). Having said all that we would stay here again.
Enjoy my stay at the legendary Kanaya Hotel. I was very interested in the history of the hotel and the staff explained quite a bit. Had only breakfast was just right for a light breakfast. And reasonable. Did not have dinner in the hotel as we wanted sushi and local food. Rooms were fairly spacious but a little old. But can’t complain it’s been there fo over 100 years. The only thing I was disappointed was not hot spring (ofuro) and the Beautiful bar Was closed. May because of Covid19. Before leaving it was raining so I asked the staff for any umbrellas, they were kind enough to give us 2. Will come back when they are Fully open! Great location and staff!
Service and history of a bygone age”
Step back in time at the Nikko Kanaya. All staff in black and white uniforms deliver impeccable service reminiscent of a bygone era. It’s near all the amazing world heritage temples and shrines. Great experience and I wish we could have stayed longer.
Historical experience in a great location! ”
While some parts of the hotel are a little dated and could use some care, it was still a place I would recommend for the experience. Staying in one of the oldest hotels in Japan, you can learn about all of the famous people who have stayed there and get a sense of what Nikko was like in its prime. The location is great - right before the famous bridge, so only about a 15 minute walk to the entrance of the Toshogu Shrine. The service was impeccable and the hotel offers a free shuttle from the train station - although it does not run continuously so check the time schedule on the website. The room was a little dated in terms of decor, but the large windows overlooking gorgeous forests made up for it. We booked with breakfast and it was worth it - again, great service and continental cuisine. The Japanese breakfast costs an extra 600 yen even if you book breakfast. We also went to the Whisky Bar which was empty for the most part but still a great setting.
My wife and I had spent our honeymoon night at this lovely and historic hotel -- the first Western style hotel in Japan. At 81 we wished to repeat the magnificent evening we had spent 58 years ago. Al”
Besides the pleasure of the hotel itself, its location provides great access to the shrines of the Tokugawa Shogunate and the famous Kegon Falls. Do be prepared to walk and that is walk uphill and downhill. It is a major tourist attraction so be prepared for fellow travelers. Many of the stairs around the shrines do not have railings, so a walking stick for the folks over 80 is not a bad idea. Nikko offers so much history and getting there only takes two hours by train. Compare with Kyoto, it can be done in two days and would be more reasonable.
great hotel with history ”
not as old or worn old as commented by other reviewers. it is the oldest hotel in Japan with western style. very historic. staff speaks good english. the building is old but the room facilities are redecorated or refitted. Worth the money
A Special Treat to Us”
The historic value of this hotel is significant. Its location is second to none. We chose an upgraded room and were pleased. The staff truly understand and offer impeccable service. Breakfast was very good. However, it is quite expensive, and we were there in the off season. We chose not to eat dinner at the hotel due to its cost. There is a Great Steakhouse 50 meters away so no problem. Yes we recommend the steakhouse and we are from Alberta.
Nice Historic Hotel”
Nice friendly staff, dated hotel rooms. Location was great, close to almost all the main sights in Nikko.
Within walking distance to shrines. Be sure you get a good room, some are better than others. We stayed in room 18 in the original building, and it was great, large, sitting area, modern. The hotel itself is old, but very atmospheric. We had the meal plan, and the breakfast and dinner were excellent!!!! Service was wonderful, woman at the front wrote out in English all the directions to the shrines. Highly recommended.
The hotel is an historic one in a very good location to the temples and shrines and close to a bus stop if you are planning on visiting Kegon Falls and Lake Chuzenji by bus. The staff is excellent--the waiter in the dining room was very helpful in accommodating my husband's dietary restrictions.
the hotel is too old”
the hotel is quite old meaning that the carpets are very dusty. the toilet is quite up to date. The room does not smell and it is quite large. Nevertheless, it still use old steam heater instead of a more modern one. The breakfast is quite plain. It is possible to access the hotel by shuttle bus from JR Nikko or Tobu Nikko and get off at stop 7.
Luxurious stay in a historic setting!”
Great, unfortunately there was no in-hotel onsen or in-room wifi.
Great location ”
The hotel is in a great location and the staff are very kind. The Wi-Fi was not very good. I tried to stream videos and make Skype calls and the internet was very very slow.
The Hotel is very Old, however it is acceptable clean.
Oldest western style hotel of Japan .”
After some hectic days in Japanese Cities most relaxing. Just walk to the temples in minutes. Comfortable bus to the Kegon waterfall. Notice that the Emperor Villa is closed on Tuesdays. Reception was very welcoming.
Staying over there will bring you to the atomsphere of the Meiji Period. Everything is quite classic. I like it very much.
Good Hotel ! Good vacation !”
When i have a free time, i will come back again.
Good quality at very high price”
Historical atmosphere, pleasant Very nice staff (one exception, a rather snobbish receptionist) Clearly arranged breakfast Rather expensive
The ultimate time warp”
The hotel was disappointing on almost every count. It needs to be totally renovated. Staff were very pleasant.
Lovely Hotel in a fabulous location.”
Worth a visit.