The hotel is directly across from the Nikko train station, but the tourist information office and bus station to see all the sights are located at the Tobu-Nikko station less than a 5 minute walk away. The hotel is very clean, only 4 stories high, and has a nice public bath to enjoy after a full day of visiting the Tokugawa and other shrines. The buffet breakfast was very tasty and included both western and Japanese cuisine. The room was small but very comfortable and quiet. The staff were helpful and made arrangements to ship our luggage to our next hotel in Tokyo so we didn't have to lug it up and down train stations and thru the mass of people rushing about. The staff recommended a few eating places that they enjoy, which also were recommended by the staff at the Tobu-Nikko station info. booth. Their selections, a ramen shop and a Izakaya pub were both very good. After visiting the shrines and sacred bridge, we took the bus to Lake Chuzenji which normally is about a 40 minute ride up into the mountains. However, because of the fall colors, traffic was a mess since everyone in Japan it seemed wanted to see the colors too. It took 90 minutes for that normal 40 minute trip. While the lake and colors were great, it was quite cold too. That made the wait to get back by bus very difficult since there is no shelter from the cold at the bus stop. We waited 40 minutes in line as bus after bus could take only a few passengers at a time. By the time we got on the bus we were frozen to the bone. The onsen was great that night. So if you decide to go to the Lake, take a chartered bus tour if you can. It will make it easier for you to get back to town on schedule and warm.
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