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
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.
Good Hotel ! Good vacation !”
When i have a free time, i will come back again.
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.
The Hotel is very Old, however it is acceptable clean.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lovely Hotel in a fabulous location.”
Worth a visit.
The ultimate time warp”
The hotel was disappointing on almost every count. It needs to be totally renovated. Staff were very pleasant.
Oldest western style hotel of Japan .”
Okd style beautiful rooms. Spacious. Exellent Omelette and Toast with marmelade. Bar with wide choice of whiskey.
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.
Luxurious stay in a historic setting!”
Room, location, history
Great, unfortunately there was no in-hotel onsen or in-room wifi.
Best choice for its combination of features”
Comfort, quiet, elegance
Good quality at very high price”
Location, historical atmosphere, location
Historical atmosphere, pleasant
Very nice staff (one exception, a rather snobbish receptionist)
Clearly arranged breakfast