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Nikko station hotel classic
Ranked #3 of 159 Hotels / Ryokan in Nikko
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Reviewed November 1, 2013

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.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 5, 2013

Stayed there for 3 nights on my 2013 japan trip.

Best thing: it's RIGHT across the JR-station in Nikko, so if you're travelling with heavy luggage (as I did), it's perfect!

Hotel seems pretty modern, nice touch.

There is NO (!) WiFi in the rooms, only in the lobby. But: You can get a LAN-cable for free at the lobby for using your laptop in your room. With your mobile phone/device and only WiFi you have to go down to the lobby :(

The had 2-3 power-adapters for the guests (for free).

The room (mine was on the 4th floor) was pretty nice, relatively big, a desk, 2 chairs around another little table besides the bed.

The public bath at the hotel was FREE and included in the price for the room. Good thing, although I didn't use it. But heard other people say it's pretty great!

It takes you around 3 minutes to walk to the "main place" in Nikko, where there are some shops, snack-takeaways and the tourist info.

Also: There is the main bus station where you can hop on the bus to the local Nationalpark (ride takes around 30-60 minutes, depending on where you want to go/start in the park). Maybe the best choice is the "unlimited hop-on/hop-off ticket" for 3.000 yen, where you can use the local bus system unlimited for TWO (!) days. Perfect choice if you are here for 2 days.

Breakfast is ok, nothing to praise or complain here.

Be aware: Nikko is a pretty laid-back town ... after 8pm everything seems to close down and you won't see to many people around! But if you are there for hiking, I think you wouldn't wanna go out the whole night anyways :)

If I ever go back to Nikko (which including the NP is a pretty nice place, especially if you plan to go hiking) I would choose this hotel again!

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled solo
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3  Thank suffix
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

We found a good deal for this hotel and because it was right next to Nikko station, we decided to stay here.
It's a very clean, comfortable, convenient hotel with nice rooms that are a bit bigger than usual for Japan.
It might not be oozing with atmosphere but we enjoyed our stay here. No complaints.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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2  Thank craigeee
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Reviewed August 25, 2013

The hotel is located right across from the JR Nikko station, and a one-minute walk from the Tobu Nikko station. It's smack in the middle of town (though the town is really quite small) and a 5-10 min walk from the restaurant area (try the ramen store, it's open til midnight and has pretty decent ramen and gyoza). It's also a 5+ minute walk to a huge supermarket (closes at 9pm) where you can purchase ready-to-eat food and a wide variety of posh Japanese fruits. It's about a 7-minute walk to a 24H convenience store.

Buses to the shrines and Lake Chuzenji depart from right across the hotel. However, the walk to the shrines is only about 2-3km and is a great opportunity for you to get to know the town a bit better. It is a slightly uphill walk though.

The hotel itself was great. Room was a decent size and seemed quite well maintained. There are a couple of restaurants in the hotel but I didn't try either of them. The public bath is also quite spacious, with two indoor pools and a much larger outdoor (sheltered) pool. You need to observe Japanese protocol while using this though. Service was decent. Funnily enough, there is wifi in the lobby but the internet connection is turned off at 12am. There are also two computers you can use for free in the lobby.

Overall a great stay at the hotel, though Nikko is probably more suitable for at most a one-night stay. You can cover the shrines in half a day and the Chuzenji area in a full day.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed June 13, 2013

Located across Nikko train station. The hotel looks like it has been recently redecorated and I mean that in a positive way. It looks modern an the room has nice atmosphere. Slightly bigger rooms than normal for Japanese standards. The bed was comfortable (nice and soft) and good size for 2 people. Huge TV and 2 chairs with small table. Refrigerator. Nice bathroom, we have seen smaller during our trip. The room and bathroom were very clean. The greatest plus of this hotel was the bath house (women and men separated). The baths also look new, all grey marble and clean. Traditional showers with low stool and shampoo, conditioner and shower gel are available. There are two small baths (hot and a little less hot :)) inside and a bigger bath outside. It is great to relax here after a day of wandering around the famous shrines. Just put your reservations aside and try it. Do make sure to wash yourself squeaky clean and remove all the shower gel before you enter the baths, they are meant for soaking, not for washing! It is a 5 minutes walk to the center where there are some restaurants and the bus stop to the shrines. We did not have dinner or breakfast in the hotel so can't comment on that. English is spoken at the reception. Very pleasant experience for the price we paid.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 24, 2013

Convenient location. Good size room, comfortable. However the 6th floor needs redecorating. Threadbare carpets, marked up walls, battered baseboards in both hallway and room. Holes in room curtains. May reduced prices fair. Weak WIFI in end of hall room.

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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed May 23, 2013

The hotel is directly across from the two train stations and very near the center of town. When I was there, I felt like I was the only one in the hotel and the town. Seemed like some places were closed. There wasn't much going on. Should have visited Nikko in a day-trip instead of staying the night. The only reason I stayed was to use the onsen. The outdoor onsen at the hotel still made you feel like you were inside. There is no view. But, it was relaxing on a chilly night. For a better onsen/nature experience go to Hakone. The hotel charges a 150 yen fee for the onsen and a 500 consumption tax.
The room was larger than other Japanese rooms. Great bed and pillows.
They have 2 restaurants- the expensive traditional Japanese one and a reasonably priced one. I ate at the latter. It was o.k.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled solo
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Address: 3-1 Aioicho, Nikko 321-1413, Tochigi Prefecture
Location: Japan > Kanto > Tochigi Prefecture > Nikko > Nikko Onsen
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Ranked #3 of 159 Hotels / Ryokan in Nikko
Price Range: $139 - $281 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Nikko station hotel classic 3.5*
Number of rooms: 72
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