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!
- 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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