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Livemax Resort Kinugawa Onsen
3.5 of 5 Onsen Hotel   |   2 Ohara Kinugawa Onsen, Nikko 321-2522, Tochigi Prefecture (Kinugawa Onsen)   |  
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Ranked #50 of 148 Hotels / Ryokan in Nikko
Leeds, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
“Wish this was a better review!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

I should say we are currently staying at this hotel, so this review might need changing if this place suddenly wows us out of our initial bad experience!

They managed to block both our debit cards when checking in by not processing them properly, leaving us with virtually no money for the entire weekend - we had to pay for the room out of the cash we had. We even rang our bank (at our expense, because they wouldn't let us make an international phone call at the desk so we could reverse the charges) to check it wasn't our fault, and it turned out the front desk had tried to take payment without allowing us to enter our pin numbers (!!!), disabling our cards for security reasons. Unfortunately because our Japanese is limited, we could not explain the mistake they had made, and could not ask for directions to the nearest cash point.

Room = beautiful. But what's the point when it sounds like a children's play area is right above our heads? Potentially so relaxing, but in the end just really stressful listening to people running around and slamming doors for hours on end. Also we had perhaps the only average view in the hotel, judging by the other reviews. We had mostly car park to look at.

So, so angry having decided to treat ourselves to what promised to be a really special hotel.

Room Tip: We were on the 3rd floor overlooking a car park. Ask for a river view to avoid the angle we had, and...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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English first
New York City, New York
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15 reviews 15 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2011

Finding reasonably priced choices in the Nikko area can be a challenge. I had found this place on tripadvisor with good reviews and rates and gave it try. It's a good 45 minute train ride from Nikko at the Kasogoe stop. There's not much here, so you might want to consider a meal plan. However, if you cross to the other side of the train tracks, there are two restaurants and a liquor store.

Thats the only negative really. Otherwise, this ryokan is really quite special. The property is older, which I personally found kind of charming. The service was impeccable (as it often is in Japan) and the rooms were lovely and clean. We had a balcony and view of the waterfall/mountians/Kinugawa River....I don't think there is a bad view in the house. All rooms seem to face the river. It's quiet and peaceful. And the onsen downstairs was a great bonus.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cairns, Australia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2011

This hotel is a little out of the way and it takes a bit to find it but once you do, you'll love it! From the outside the building looks very plain and ugly but the rooms are lovely and are very authentic and clean. The futon bed is comfortable and is set on the mat floor in true Japanese style. The bathroom is tiny (which seems to be the usual thing in Japan) although it is clean and serves the purpose. The view over the river from the balcony is perfect and the river can be easily viewed from the bridge which is a very short walk away. There is a well equipped gym which looks like it has never been used. I have only experienced one Onsen and it was here at Funamiso. A great experience and a wonderful view while sitting in the water. I think the best thing about this hotel is the food. We had the most amazing Japanese beef hot pot shabu shabu style dinner course. Certainly not cheap but well worth it. The actual dining area was ugly and looked like something out of a high school caffeteria. Overall this hotel is lovely. It seems that outside appearances are generally ugly but the inside experience is excellent!

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  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hong Kong, China
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51 reviews 51 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2010

I have never stayed at a ryokan before and this place was awesome! First there is English speaking staff at the front desk which means a lot in Japan and considering where Funamiso is located to be honest!

It is slightly off the beaten track near the Kinugawa river at Kosagoe. You would need to take a train from Tokyo - Nikko - Kosagoe. Kosagoe is also very close to Tobu World Square and Edo Wonderland in case you would be interested in visiting attractions nearby. We ran out of time and decided against them unfortunately but there's always a next time!

The room was truly delightful - Japanese style and very soft futons. Free green tea is provided for you in the room itself. Note that the walls might be thin so sound can carry! Food was included in the amount we paid - roughly about ¥13000 per person. You can decide what you might to like to have for dinner looking at the hotel website. We chose shabu-shabu which is Japanese hot pot which was another first for me! Loads of dishes and lovely service. Note that dinner comes only at fixed times.

But the best part was the onsen! OMG, wot a view from the women's only onsen!

Must visit for a wholistic Japanese experience especially if you yourself are not Japanese :)

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 2 Ohara Kinugawa Onsen, Nikko 321-2522, Tochigi Prefecture
Location: Japan > Kanto > Tochigi Prefecture > Nikko > Kinugawa Onsen
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #50 of 148 Hotels / Ryokan in Nikko
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Livemax Resort Kinugawa Onsen 3.5*
Number of rooms: 26
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