Top 5 Inns and Hotels Near Nikko Toshogu Shrine – Tochigi’s World Heritage Site
Tochigi is home to Nikko, one of the most famous sightseeing spots in the Kanto region that is filled with beautiful nature and historical sites that are still intact today. Below are five accommodation spots that are convenient when touring the magnificent Nikko Toshogu Shrine that is registered as a World Heritage Site.
1. Nikko Hoshino Yado
A 15-minute walk from Nikko Toshogu Shrine, this ryokan (traditional Japanese inn) is a place where you can enjoy an atmospheric landscape thanks to its cozy Japanese garden where you can hear the birds twittering. At the baths, surrounded by the lush greens of the garden, there is an indoor bath made of Japanese cypress and an open-air bath where you can soak in the hot spring water while gazing at the beautiful scenery that changes every season – fresh verdure in spring, momiji (maple leaves) in autumn and a snowy landscape in winter. When it comes to guest rooms, there are two types of rooms available at this inn – the deluxe room and the standard room, with both room types filled with a Japanese vibe. The deluxe room is equipped with a massage chair and has its own private bathroom. Wi-Fi is free in the guest rooms. There are staff who can speak English.
2. Okunoin Hotel Tokugawa
This spot is a traditional Japanese-style ryokan that has a massive Japanese garden. It is about 6 minutes away from the Nikko Toshogu Shrine by car and there is a free shuttle service (3:00 pm – 7:00 pm), so it is definitely convenient for sightseeing. Inside this ryokan is an open-air bath that is surrounded by the colors of nature each season and soaking in it is guaranteed to refresh your tired body. As for guest rooms, there are rooms with a vast deck terrace attached to them, rooms that have an annexed open-air bath facing the garden, and the detached “Aqua” room that has its own private garden and open-air bath. You can also choose a simple Western-style twin room. Wi-Fi is free throughout the property. There are staff who can speak English.
3. Nikko Senhime Monogatari
Nikko Senhime Monogatari is a 10-minute walk from Nikko Toshogu Shrine. It is easily accessible since it offers free shuttle bus service from JR Nikko Station and Tobu Nikko Station. This hotel offers a wide array of guest rooms that epitomize the ancient Japanese style of beauty, such as Japanese-style rooms with open-air baths, deluxe rooms with massage chairs, and ladies’ rooms. All rooms offer a panoramic view of the grand nature outside the windows that changes colors every season. There is an open-air bath with a garden design inside this property where you can enjoy hot spring water with an open atmosphere. Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel. There are staff who can speak English.
4. Natsukashiya Fuwari
A 15-minute walk from Nikko Toshogu Shrine, this ryokan is a place where you can relax in a tranquil space surrounded by nature. Inside, there is a large public bath filled with hot spring water, as well as an open-air bath and private-use baths (2,100 JPY per 50 minutes, reservation required). By renting the private bath, you will be able to enjoy a pleasant hot bath in your own private space. At night, you will also get to taste kaiseki ryori (banquet) that incorporates local dishes made with ingredients from the region. As for guest rooms, you can choose between Japanese-style rooms that are filled with a Japanese atmosphere and Western-style twin rooms. Wi-Fi is free in the guest rooms.
5. Hotel Seikoen
This hotel boasts a prime location as it is the one nearest to Nikko Toshogu Shrine, and if you stay here, you can walk to the shrine in just 5 minutes. It is located inside the shrine precinct, so you can relax in a pleasant and quiet space. Guest room-wise, there are deluxe rooms fitted with a Japanese room, bedroom and lounge room, as well as simple Japanese- and Western-style rooms. As for baths, there is a public bath filled with hot spring water, an open-air bath where you can soak in the water while marveling at the beautiful garden, and a Japanese cypress bath with a wooden aroma, so you are sure to soothe your travel-weary body. For dinner, you can taste various dishes that use the Nikko specialty, yuba (thin film that is created when soymilk is heated), and ingredients that are in season. There are staff who can speak English.
If you stay in a spot that is near your destination, then you can go on a leisurely sightseeing trip. The hotels and inns listed above are great places where you can stay if you are visiting Nikko Toshogu Shrine.
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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