Nikko Inn is located right next to Shimo-goshiro station. It's a quick hop down the tracks to all the tourist spots you want to see, but away from the hustle and bustle of the tourist areas.
The host was very amicable and even drove me to local restaurant to eat, and later to the station when it was time to part. Perhaps in the busy fall season this is not an option for all customers, but it is less chilly then, so less necessary.
The winter has its own charm in the Nikko area if you can handle the cold weather. it snowed while I traveled there, and it was very beautiful. Another advantage is that the area around the Tōshō-gū Shrine is not so busy during winter, so your travels can be more private and most restaurants are not full.
Nikko Inn does not have "rooms" but rather three modernized versions of traditional Japanese houses. The houses open space concept adapts to changes in weather and seasons very well. In the summer you can let the cool breeze in and bask in the shade, in the winter you can seal off all doors and curl up warmly in one room.
One trade-off of the open concept idea is that it (in the house I stayed in) lacks strong walls to lean on. So if you want to sit up lazily, for example to watch a movie, it can be a little uncomfortable (though watching a flicks is hopefully not your purpose in a place like this). In order to watch a video, I leaned against a stanchion/beam, but there was no room for more than one person to do that.
In your house you will have a kitchen, and the host offers a shuttle to a local grocery store if you want to get food to make some yourself. They also has some supplies on-hand. Please be sure to let the host know ahead of time if you would like this service!
Overall, my visit was very positive, and I would stay there again to avoid going to sleep in the tourist-trap area that will cost you twice as much for the same or less accommodations. Don't be afraid of the trains! They're easy to navigate!
Come to The Nikko Inn!
Nikko Inn，， 一個很傳統的日式建築的民宿，簡簡單單的設計，讓人很放鬆，忘記旅途的疲憊感。房子裡充滿塌塌米的香味、良好的採光設計讓陽光不吝速地分享冬日的溫暖。
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- NIKKO INN is traditional Japanese style accommodation located in a farm village. The buildings were designed by NIKKO DESIGN Ltd. Here you may find many small things to be very interesting things you might have overlooked in your daily life. While Japanese people love to import western culture, their own culture is magnificent and has always had a great influence on westerners. Nikko Inn would like to help Japanese people rediscover Japan and foreigners experience Japanese culture. Therefore, we want to provide many services to our guests with the keyword of "Hello, Japan". ... more less
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