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Annex Turtle Hotori An
Ranked #4 of 84 B&Bs / Inns in Nikko
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28 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Comfortable and peaceful”
Reviewed May 2, 2008

My husband and I just got back from a one night stay at the Turtle Inn Annex. Nikko was a great short getaway from Tokyo to relax while being surrounded by nature.

We had a Japanese style room with floor futons and tatami mats. You can also choose traditional western style rooms with beds if you like. Being my first time sleeping in a traditional Japanese style room, I was surprised at how comfortable the floor futon beds really were. Overall the room was very comfortable--with a view of the trees outside and the sounds of the rushing river right below our window. Our room was spacious based on Japanese standards.

The room, although clean overall, was a little rough around the edges (some dirt on the walls, slight dings here and there), but it was a relaxing hideaway. If you are looking for luxuries in your room, this is probably not the place to stay. No iron, no blow dryer, no free tv, etc...

There is a heated onsen-like bath in the bed and breakfast which you can use for your private enjoyment. The large glass windows afford you a view of the trees and the river below--open the window and you hear the rushing river water and get a cool breeze.

Breakfast was very good! Highly recommended. Breakfast included fresh fruit (kiwi, banana, pineapple), hard boiled egg, different breads with butter and your choice of tea or coffee. It was simple but very well presented and delicious. The cost of breakfast is an extra charge.

  • Liked — comfortable bed, good breakfast, near the river
  • Disliked — takes a bit of time to walk to and from the place
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 15, 2008

Covered in a blanket of snow, Nikko was just jaw droppingly gorgeous. Nikko can be divided into two parts. The first is a road along which you find the train station and the town centre. At the end of that road, marked by the town's sacred red bridge, is a perpendicular road along which you find all the major temples and shrines including Rinnoji and Futasaran.

A river runs parallel to this second road for some distance before parting ways. Follow the river as it splits from this road and you'll find yourself at Turtle Inn Annex.

I'm actually glad the ryokan is away from town centre, which isn't a very scenic area. It's actually nearer getting from the ryokan to all the major sights including the temples and shrines. It's pretyy much about 10 minutes walk one way to the sacred red bridge or the temples the other way.

One of the unexpected highlights of the trip was Kanmangafuchi Abyss. The ryokan is the closest tourist accommodation to the Abyss. Since it was too late in the afternoon to visit the temples, we decided to just check out the Abyss. It so happened that the local tourist association was preparing for evening festivities at the Abyss. From dusk, the entire length of the trail along the Abyss was aglow with tealights, and the Jizou statues along the trail were even dressed up in red knitted caps and bibs!

I totally recommend the peaceful 1h+ walk along the riverside trail from the ryokan past the Abyss and towards Yashio Onsen.

The Inn itself was pleasant enough. I guess it was low season so it was very quiet and we saw few other guests. No problems with the heating (I think temperature was between 0 deg to -10 deg) -- in fact it got rather warm at night tucked under the very thick blankets that were provided!

  • Liked — Location along the river in a quiet pleasant residential area near major tourist sights
  • Disliked — Room was spartan looking
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
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Leeds
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Reviewed August 15, 2007

This isn't the fanciest or the most modern hotel but I love it for it's homely feel, friendly welcome and great onsen.
I've stayed here twice and had a great stay on both occasions. The rooms are pretty big for a mid-range Japanese hotel and have traditional tatami mats, sliding doors and futons. Both times I stayed here we had a room with a lovely view over the river, the sound of the water is quite relaxing at night. The hotel has a nice lounge and dining area which we used for planning our next day's activites each evening and microwaving our instant noodles from the local Seven Eleven.
One of the best things about the Turtle Annex is the onsen (traditional Japanese hotspring bath) which you can use privately/with your partner or friends. The bath itself has big sliding windows overlooking the river and surrounding trees and is perfect for unwinding at the end of the day. You're also provided with special Turtle Inn yukata (kimono) to slip into afterwards.
The ryokan is situated quite a way out of town but once you know where you're going it's easy to get to, you might want to get a taxi from the train station if you have heavy bags. It's worth the effort though as the ryokan is on a quiet residential street in a lovely, green area. As Nikko is a small town you're never that far away from all the sights.
I guess the reason why I love the Turtle Annex is because it feels like home, the staff are very friendly (offering assistance when we couldn't read the cooking instructions on our noodles and giving us a little gift for our honeymoon on our first visit), the rooms are comfortable and clean and the onsen is superb.

  • Liked — The relaxing onsen is a great way to wind down at the end of the day.
  • Disliked — As with all traditional futons, sleeping on them takes abit of getting used to.
  • Stayed July 2006, traveled as a couple
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Levittown, New York
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Reviewed December 3, 2006

Most tourists visiting Nikko are daytrippers from Tokyo, which means lodging options lean towards either extremely expensive, or cheap and shoddy. For those willing to leave the town center, the Turtle Inn Annex is a very good option.

Located down a rural road that is a short walk from most of the major attractions, the Annex is a very modern ryokan hotel located near a beautiful river and park with wonderful walking paths (something that should not be missed). It is extremely quiet there, which ensures a restful stay.

The inn itself has clean, well kept rooms and an absolutely lovely bath. There is a comfortable main dinning room where breakfast is served (dinner can be provided at the Turtle Inn down the road), and allows guests a comfortable place to hang out and chat in. Refreshments are available from beverage machines, and snacks can be purchased in the dining room. A fridge is provided if you want to keep your own food, and a microwave is available in the common area. This is a big plus if you are traveling with family and want to keep your food budget down, and since many restaurants in down do not keep late hours.

The inn is a bit of a schlep from the JR train station, but can be reached by bus (and a 10 minute walk from the bus stop) or by cab. The staff is extremely helpful in getting you settled and telling you what is worth seeing in the area. Breakfast is an extra charge, but is delicious and filling and well worth the money.

I very much enjoyed my stay at the Turtle Annex and would highly recommend it to anyone planning a visit to Nikko.

  • Liked — Quiet location, helpful staff, comfortable accomodations
  • Disliked — Distance from JR station. Must take cab/bus unless you want a long walk dragging your bags
  • Tips/Secrets — Book early, and don't miss the walk on the trails in the park next to the inn.
  • Stayed November 2006, traveled solo
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Washington, DC
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 222 helpful votes
Reviewed June 13, 2006

The Turtle Inn Annex (also known as the Annex Turtle Hotori-an) is a great little inn beside a rushing, gurgling river. My single Japanese-style room faced the river, and I loved listening to its sound as I fell asleep. One of the inn's best features is its river-facing hot-spring bath with corner windows (which can be opened). Guests can lock the door of the bath for privacy - very nice! The woman at the desk spoke English well and was very helpful. The breakfast was good, too. The surrounding area, which includes a residential district and a lovely walk beside the river, was pleasant, and the inn was easy to reach, just a short walk from a bus stop. I definitely recommend it!

  • Stayed May 2006
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed March 1, 2006

We stayed two nights at the turtle annex.
The inn doesn't have a lot of ambience - fluorescent lights, fairly modern (western-style)
We stayed in a japanese style room which was comfortable. It was small (as should be expected in Japan) We were there in early feb, so it was pretty cold and they had the heat cranked up so the whole placed smelled like kerosene.
-The breakfast was great - fresh fruit, hard boiled egg, and two thick slices of toast
-The dinner was also really good (again though, no ambience - we had to walk five minutes to the turtle inn proper and sat in a kind of dumpy room with 1970s western style chairs. But the food was good, and there was a lot of it. It was a little confusing (they put a personal boiling pot in front of you with raw beef and veggies and it cooks as you eat other small dishes). They kept bringin out more small dishes - even a whole fish for each of us!
-The hot springs could have been better managed. They have the perfect set-up with the large tub overlooking the river. There is only one tub and it is private so you can lock the door and go in with your spouse or friend which is great. It didn't have the traditional stylings of other ryokan where we stayed in Japan. It had a kind of cheap feeling, but once you're in the tub, you forget all that.
The walk to the shrine entrance is only about 10min. but, just a word of warning, touring the shrines in Nikko can be quite strenuous if you decide to do them all in one day (lots of steps!)
The absolute best experience in nikko was the Hippari Dako restaurant on the main street (near the red bridge). You HAVE to go there if in Nikko, they are so friendly and they have an menu in english. Lots of vegetarian options. It is very small, so you can't be anonymous or blend in. It is likely the owner's young son will want to practice his english with you. Be sure to bring a token to post on the wall. It was great, and on a snowy night, the owner even shut down the place to give us a ride back to the turtle annex. Seriously, check it out.

  • Stayed February 2006
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Property: Annex Turtle Hotori An
Address: 8-28 Takumi-cho, Nikko 321-1433, Tochigi Prefecture
Location: Japan > Kanto > Tochigi Prefecture > Nikko
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Ranked #4 of 84 B&Bs / Inns in Nikko
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Hotel Class:2.5 star — Annex Turtle Hotori An 2.5*
Number of rooms: 11
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