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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
Geoviki
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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
AandPC
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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”
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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
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+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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