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“Live like a local AND get the royal treatment!”

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Nikko Cottage FU-SHA
Ranked #3 of 29 Specialty lodging in Nikko
Reviewed September 10, 2013

If you want to experience a "real" Japanese house and live like the locals, then this is the perfect place. It is not fancy, but very clean and adorable. It is not "cheap", but for what you get it is a good value! Although this is a self contained little house, you do not have to stay long-term. Even one-nighter's are accepted. While there,you will have the fun of sleeping on futons, eating on tatami mats, experiencing the Japanese style of bathing (shower first, then get in the tub), marvel at the "magic toilet" (all the typical bells and whistles, plus it opens and closes automatically) Cook your own meals in the little kitchen (everything you need is there, just add food! Although there are some breakfast items provided: tea, juice, jams, fruit, bread) There is even a little laundry set-up for longer stays. There are 2 main sleeping rooms, separated with sliding doors for privacy, plus a little dining/reception room, in addition to the kitchen and large bathroom. It is just perfect!
The house is located within very easy walking distance to the Abyss hiking path, also a fairly short walk to the Imperial Villa. The owner and (hostess extraordinaire) lives directly across the street and will see to all of your needs. My only concern is that someone will take too much advantage of her incredible hospitality...and this is what I mean by "royal treatment"
Mrs. Kobayashi picked us up at the train station, told us all about the local sights, drew us up a map, decided it would be best if she drove us to our first sight and then recommended several restaurants in town for our dinner later that night. I do not know if she had put a tracking device on us, but somehow she knew, not only to which restaurant we had gone, but also when we had finished our meal! As we prepared to leave, the waiter informed us, "Mrs. Kobayashi is here and will drive you home whenever you are ready" What?? We had been prepared to walk back to our cottage, but apparently our hostess had noticed it was raining a bit and did not want us to get wet! Amazing service!
This personalized treatment did not end there, the following morning we were supplied with fresh strawberries, washed and ready (in addition to our other supplied fruit) because Mrs. Kobayashi thought we would like to try something special. Then she offered to hold our luggage while we went on a day trip to the mountains and deliver it to the train station for us later that day. Not content to have us walk to the bus station, she drove us, even making a detour for us to visit the ATM and get a few more photos of the local sights. We figured that this was NOT part of our lodging payment and tried to give her money to make up for the extra gas and time, but she would not have it...NO everything this woman does is included in your room rate! She really does see that you have a nice time while in Nikko.
On the return from our mountain hike, there she was at the train station, our suitcases ready and a large photo she had taken of our family in front of the FU-SHA cottage, a souvenir of our time in Nikko.
5 star? More like 10!

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 9, 2013

My husband, infant son and I just returned from a wonderful weekend in Nikko, Japan. We enjoyed our stay in the beautiful town of Nikko, but our Japanese experience was complete with our stay at the the Nikko Cottage Fu-Sha.

Location: It is a 3-5 minute walk from the beautiful Abyss trail and 10-15 minute walk from the shrines/temples and iconic bridge. The location was perfect. Close to everything, yet far from enough away that you felt as if you were living amongst the locals.

Accommodation: The cottage was perfect. It is a traditional Japanese cottage with a sleeping room, with futons, dining room, spare room (which we set up our pack and play for our baby who slept comfortably), kitchen (stocked with coffee, tea, milk, juice, local bakery items, jam, butter, yogurt and local fruits), washer/dryer and an amazing bathroom. There is a seperate room with a tub and a shower ROOM... it was great!

The owner is extremely hospitable. You get a personal touch that can't be competed with. There is not one bad thing that can be said about staying here. It is a great deal, amazing hospitality, perfect location and it is a part of your Japanese trip that you'll never forget.

We WILL be returning :-)

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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 23, 2013

This cottage is great you stay in a traditional Japanese house and the lady that owns the cottage stocks the fridge free with butter bread jam orange juice milk nashi and more. You get to sleep on a futon (tradition al Japanese bed). The location is great because it is near lots of world famous hearatige. I suggest that you don't ask where she suggests because we she suggested a REALLY nice place that cost us ¥15600 ($156) for a basic dinner. Near the station there are cheaper excellent places to eat at.

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Reviewed June 16, 2013

I can only confirm everything positive that has been said concerning FU-SHA cottage and the hostess and owner Yoshiko. The spotlessly clean cottage provides all needed amenities with the added treat of getting to experience traditional Japanese accommodations. We four adults had all the room and privacy we needed. The well-stocked kitchen and refrigerator supplied ample breakfast for all of us. What sets this place apart, however, is the unbelievable hospitality provided by Yoshiko. She anticipates every need from picking you up at the station to delivering your luggage to the station when you leave. She can not only tell you where to eat and where to pick up the bus for further sightseeing, but will cheerfully take you there, as well. There is no extra charge for any of these services. The location is great for accessing the sights, but it is also away from the commotion of the town. Our stay was absolutely delightful, and I would not consider staying anywhere else in Nikko. Nikko is well worth an overnight stay, and staying at FU-SHA makes it perfect. Toshogu Shrine and its setting are as beautiful as any you will see in all of Japan. When you include a bus ride to see Kegon Falls and LakeChuzenji, you have an unforgettable trip.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 8, 2013

Kobayashi-san is wonderful. She drove us from the train station and after helping us with our plans and maps, drove us to our first sight. Later, it started to rain during dinner. As we were getting ready to leave the restaurant, to our surprise, Yoshiko was there to pick us up and drive us so we wouldn't have to walk in the rain! (What other host has ever done that for you?) The next morning, she drove us to the bus stop, but we needed to use the ATM, and when we missed the bus to Lake Chuzenji, she chased the bus most of the way up the mountain until she caught it and we were able to ride the bus the rest of the way. And I haven't even mentioned the accommodations...

The house is great. This is your chance to stay in a real Japanese home, including tatami mats, traditional bath, sit on the floor table, and pretend it is yours. (Even if someone else stocked the fridge for breakfast). The location is close to the main sights. The "Abyss" is just up the road, which makes a nice early morning walk. It is clean. And it is non-smoking.

If putting bread in a toaster or pouring your own juice is more than you can handle, don't say here. Otherwise, your stay in Nikko at Cottage FU-SHA could easily be the highlight of your visit to Japan. You could make a new friend. THANK YOU Kobayashi-san!

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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 26, 2013

This is a great choice of accommodation for Nikko. As per other reviews, Yoshiko is a great host and the train pick up, restaurant pick up etc just add to the value. Yoshiko provides juice, yoghurt, bread, fresh coffee, margarine, milk etc. She also drove us to a supermarket, helped us shop and unpacked our groceries for us while we had lunch in a restaurant. The cottage is really cute. Not large, but there were 3 adults and we were all very comfortable. We used the microwave to heat our dinners at night. There's even a washing machine. It was cold (late April) but the mobile heaters kept us toasty warm and the hot shower was great. The wifi can be a little unpredictable but that's just being picky. You can also walk to Ganman ga fuchi Abyss which is beautiful. Yoshiko provides a map and info. on how to catch the local bus to access the falls etc. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 17, 2013

The Cottage is located in the most interesting part of Nikko. The main attractions can be easily reached by food. The very nice and friendly hosts offer transfer from and to the railway station at any time. This makes everythink even more convenient!
The Cottage itself is very charming and a unique and traditional little japenese home. The home is very well maintained and you will find everything you need. It is a great pleasure and wonderful experience to stay in such a place and to be warmly welcomed by the hosts.
Try it for yourself. You will not regret it!

Room Tip: You will get your own little japanese home. Bedroom, living room, bathroom and kitchen.
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Nikko Cottage FU-SHA

Address: 8-22 Takumi-cho, Nikko 321-1433, Tochigi Prefecture
Location: Japan > Kanto > Tochigi Prefecture > Nikko
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 29 Specialty lodging in Nikko
Price Range: $115 - $129 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Nikko Cottage FU-SHA 2.5*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
"VERY COSY". We opened FU-SHA in September, 2007. We wanted to show people from all over the WORLD the beauty, both natural and man made that Nikko offers. Since our home is directly across the street from the cottage, we are able to provide assistance when you need it during your stay at the cottage. This private Japanese style cottage has a small sitting room, a small kitchen, a large modern bathroom and can sleep up to 5 people. The rooms are Japanese style rooms with tatami mats and divided by fusuma(sliding doors). Japanese futons are laid on the tatami mats and they are very comfortable to sleep on. There are a microwave oven, a toaster, a refrigerator, a coffee maker, an electric pot and tableware in the kitchen. The bathroom has a big bathtub and a shower. In addition, there is an amazing Japanese high-tech toilet. The cottage has a high speed internet( wireless). My ancestors came to Nikko approximately 130 years ago and we have been living here ever since. Therefor we have all the information on Nikko you would like to know and we are happy to share that with you. We will happily provide a pick up from Nikko station. Popular sightseeing spots in the neighborhood of the cottage; World Heritage "Shrines and Temples" 15 minutes walk Old Imperial Villa 5 minutes walk Kanman-ga-fuchi Abyss 5 minutes walk Jakko Falls 2 km Botanic garden 15 minutes walk Kirifuri Falls 4 km Kirifuri haighland 30 minutes by bus Nikko Edo Wonderland They has a shuttle bus service. Bus station is 7 minutes walk Oku-Nikko area 35 minutes by bus Bus stop(No9 Nishi-sando) is 7 minutes walk ... more   less 
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