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“Perfect location for JR pass users, good free outdoors onsen”

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Nikko station hotel classic
Ranked #4 of 149 Hotels / Ryokan in Nikko
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“Perfect location for JR pass users, good free outdoors onsen”
Reviewed April 4, 2013 via mobile

Across the road from JR Nikko station. Perfect location to drop bags, be the first on the bus (which gets busy when it picks up people from the other station) and go for a journey around the temples
Free onsen from 6am to Midnight to relax after a long day / travel.
One negative : the restaurant (while it has amazing albeit small homemade pizza) had a stench of burnt oil / fries. Sticked to our clother from being there an hour. I would hope it's a one-off - other future commenters hopefully will confirm

  • Stayed April 2013
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed February 12, 2013

This great hotel is situated across the road from the railway station but requires a short walk to the main area of Nikko. Very well appointed as it is fairly new. The restaurant provided excellent breakfasts. The staff were attentive and friendly. WiFi access is not available which is unfortunate for a new facility, with internet access only available from lobby PC.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Perth, WA
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Reviewed January 27, 2013

We stayed one night here over the weekend. The location was very good - close to the JR/Tobu stations and the place where the buses left for the heritage sights. The room was a good size - clean, warm and with a nice bed. The onsen was also very good - particularly because it was freezing when we were in Nikko! Staff were very friendly and helpful. Breakfast was decent. The only thing I would say is that the hotel lacked a little bit of atmosphere/charm - but otherwise we found it a very good stay.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Paris, France
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed November 4, 2012

Nothing fancy but a well maintened hotel, just in front of the JR station. Clean, with well knowned japanese restaurant attached. Buffet breakfast is free and nice. Hotel has a onsen in the basement. Not Wifi, so you need to ask for a cable, and you can't connect your ipad...

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
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Cleveland, Ohio
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Reviewed October 6, 2012

The Nikko Station Hotel Classic had pretty much everything one could ask for in a reasonably-priced hotel in a tourist-heavy area. While not a traditional Japanese ryokan, it offers a lot of the same amenities (and more) that you'll find in the traditional and premium-priced properties. Coupled with a great location, it was an excellent stay. Read on for details:

LOCATION:
The hotel is located mere footsteps outside the entrance to the JR Nikko station. It's about 200 meters down the street from the larger Tobu Nikko station. There is a bus station right outside the front door, and about half of the regional buses stop there -- for a more frequent schedule you'll want to use the stop outside the Tobu Nikko station. The hotel is about 2 kilometers from the World Heritage area, including the major temples and other attractions. It's about 50 minutes by bus from Chuzenji Onsen, and the attractions around Lake Chuzenji.

PROPERTY:
The hotel is actually a rather extensive property with a modern onsen bath, casual restaurant, higher-end Japanese restaurant, coffee shop, gift shop, and a spacious lobby with tourist information available in a brochure rack. Hours for each of the on-site amenities are different, so it's sometimes a little unpredictable to determine what services are available when, but it's generally a safe assumption that everything will be open between the hours of 5-9pm. Outside of that, it seems to vary daily and seasonally. Check out is at 10:00 AM, and short-term luggage storage is available if your train leaves later in the day.

AMENITIES:
The onsen is open until 11pm most nights, and is the typical gender-segregated male/female style. The baths have a dressing area in the entrance, the traditional low wash areas just inside the bath area, and then separate "hot" and "warm" baths -- the hot side suitable for up to about 4 people, and the warm side maybe 8-10. However, as I was here in the off season, there was rarely more than one other person inside. The hotel's website advertises an outdoor bath and traditional stone-edged bath as well as the standard tile baths, but these were neither offered nor obviously available during my stay, so I'm not sure what the deal is there... A nightly onsen charge of 600 JPY will be added to your rate unless you explicitly state you will not be using the baths.

There are several vending machines available with non-alcoholic and mildly-alcoholic drinks available. However, beer, sake and stronger drinks are only available in the casual restaurant until 9pm. Wireless Internet is not available in any of the public areas, and only wired Internet is available in the guest rooms.

Breakfast is included with _some_ room rates, so check when you book. You have your choice of American or Japanese-style breakfast. Some mornings, it's buffet-style, while other mornings it's full-service kaiseki-style. The food wasn't the worst I've ever had, but it also wasn't the best... If you're looking for a Japanese-style breakfast, the quality is ok and there were not many other Japanese-style restaurants in the area open for breakfast, so it may be the best you'll get. However, if you're looking for a Western-style breakfast, there are several local bakeries in the immediate area where you can get both sweet and savory pastries of better quality, and at lower prices. (Try the bakery about 3 doors up the street towards the Tobu Nikko station -- excellent baked goods and cream puffs!)

ROOMS:
The rooms are a hybrid of traditional and modern. The low futons are permanent and on a wooden platform, so they're a little cushier and more "bed-like" than a traditional ryokan futon. There is a work desk, and a sitting area with a side table and two chairs. The bathroom is the typical "modular" ensuite bathroom with a bathtub/shower, sink and high-tech Japanese toilet. Water pressure in the bathroom was excellent, and there was plenty of hot water. There is a refrigerator in the room for guest use. The entire room is carpeted, so it's not necessary to remove your shoes upon entry as there's no tatami. But there is still a small entry alcove with storage, slippers and yukata available for on-property use.

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The hotel staff were exceptionally helpful. However, if English is your only language, you're going to end up resorting to some hand-waving... The staff did speak fluent English for hotel-related needs, but it's better to speak Japanese if you're asking for tourist advice or other information about Nikko, such as restaurant recommendations.

OTHER:
Nikko is a great town to visit, but be aware that the commercial/hotel district is about a mile away from the World Heritage area. It's very walk-able, but if the weather is foul you may want to consider the other options. When you arrive, you will likely want to go up to the Tobu Nikko station to arrange transportation. If you just plan to visit the temples, a 100 Yen pass will give you rides on the local World Heritage circulating bus. You can also buy discounted round-trip tickets good for 2-days to the more distant attractions, such as a 2000 Yen return ticket to/from Chuzenji Onsen / Lake Chuzenji, which saves about 200 Yen off normal bus pricing.

If you're buying a trip from Tokyo, Tobu offers several packages that include train, local transportation, and World Heritage site admission, and are definitely the way to go! However, for those with a JR rail pass, you're stuck buying "ala carte" admission bundles and bus tickets, as JR doesn't have a huge presence in Nikko. That's not that bad, though, when you consider what you're saving on rail travel, so just go to the bus ticket counter inside the Tobu Nikko station and figure out which transportation bundle(s) might be best for you.

Also be aware that, at least during the off season, restaurant hours are pretty restrictive. By 9pm at latest, the entire town is shut down. Many shops won't stay open past dark, which comes early. Likewise, shops may not open until as late as 10am some mornings during the week. The Nikko visitor's center -- located about half way between the hotel and the World Heritage area -- doesn't open until 9am. Ask the hotel front desk to call any restaurant you're interested in before you go... during the high season you may need reservations, and during the low season you'll want to confirm that they're still open.

Overall, I had a great stay at the Nikko Station Hotel Classic. It was a happy middle-ground between ryokan amenities, hotel comfort and services, and budget prices. I would not hesitate to stay here again, and would recommend it to anyone visiting Nikko for a few days. It's foreigner-friendly, but the majority of guests were still Japanese.

NOTE: You're going to pay more to stay here if you have to book through a foreign hotel service. The hotel's website is effectively Japanese-only (and the booking engine definitely so). But they have special packages and preferential rates if you can book directly through the hotel, so find a Japanese-reading friend to help you through their website, and you're going to both get better amenities included as well as lower prices for your stay!

Highly recommended for a comfortable base in Nikko.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
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Ota, Japan
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Reviewed November 5, 2011

Stayed one night, the room was small but clean and reasonably priced for a tourist town. The service was good, but not much English is spoken. Breakfast is extra which is unfortunate but the hotel hot spring is included except for a small surcharge. I would recommend it if on a budget.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Nikko station hotel classic
Address: 3-1 Aioicho, Nikko 321-1413, Tochigi Prefecture
Location: Japan > Kanto > Tochigi Prefecture > Nikko > Nikko Onsen
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Ranked #4 of 149 Hotels / Ryokan in Nikko
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — Nikko station hotel classic 3.5*
Number of rooms: 72
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