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Kanaya Hotel History House

Open today: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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Almost passed it by, but glad we didn't

One of the original Edo-era buildings, and the first place in Nikko that foreigners could stay in... read more

Reviewed June 27, 2018
Denver, Colorado
Fascinating and well laid out museum

This was an unexpected gem - really worth an hour, especially if you're at this end of town for... read more

Reviewed April 23, 2017
Bedford, United Kingdom
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Jun 27, 2018
“Almost passed it by, but glad we didn't”
Apr 23, 2017
“Fascinating and well laid out museum”
Approx.400 year-old house originally built for samurai warriors. After the Meiji Restoration, the house was turned into Kanaya Cottage Inn in 1873, exclusively a place for foreigners to stay during their visit to Nikko. The founder, Zenichiro Kanaya...more
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1-25 Honcho, Nikko 321-1434, Tochigi Prefecture
+81 288-50-1873
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Reviewed June 27, 2018

One of the original Edo-era buildings, and the first place in Nikko that foreigners could stay in after the opening of Japan to the West. Isabella Bird, the British adventurer, stayed here for a short time in 1878, and visiting here inspired me to read...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed April 23, 2017

This was an unexpected gem - really worth an hour, especially if you're at this end of town for botanical gardens or Imperial Villa. It's a well laid out and clearly labelled museum, and gives a feel for a beautiful classic Japanese house, as well...More

Date of experience: April 2017
2  Thank AandPC
Reviewed May 14, 2016

I only noticed this site in passing - it's currently not listed in the Rough Guide or highlighted in the tourist office. I was lucky when I visited in that there was a fluent Japanese speaker form Canada who could interpret for me, as the...More

Date of experience: May 2016
2  Thank MacyMck
Reviewed April 27, 2016

The House is a traditional Japanese House of wooden construction and is like an old Samurai residence. This was where Zenichiro Kanaya offered Dr James C Hepburn, an American missionary, a place to stay and became the founder of the Kanaya Hotel.

Date of experience: April 2016
1  Thank Allan C
Reviewed September 6, 2015

This is not an amusement park! It's real!! The main section of the house was built somewhere during the late Edo period(1603-1868) and was originally a residence for a "Samurai", a true Japanese warrior, and his family. The house was extended and enlarged in Meiji...More

Date of experience: September 2015
2  Thank ebilove
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