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.
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