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Just two hours from Tokyo, Nikko is a small mountainous city with a strong spiritual focus. Famed as the site of the 17th-Century Tosho-gu Shrine, an iconic Shinto landmark, the community has long attracted devotees from across Japan and further afield. Expect charming traditional accommodation, with our list of the best places to stay in Nikko featuring Japan’s oldest resort. Whether you’re travelling as a couple or with family and friends, you’ll find cultural attractions and outdoorsy activities aplenty in Nikko.
Keen hikers will adore discovering the beautiful Nikko National Park, home to a wide variety of birds and wildlife, as well as mountainous Okunikko and picturesque Lake Chuzenji. Visit in autumn for a mesmerising display of red, orange and golden leaves on the surrounding trees. Don't miss the chance to walk part of Japan’s 320-kilometre 'Romantic Road’, which winds its way through the heritage towns, hot spring resorts and marvellous mountain scenery of the Tochigi and Nagano prefectures. The ‘Three Great Waterfalls of Nikko’: Kegon Falls, Kirifurinotaki Falls and Uraminotaki Falls are stunning. The Akechidaira Observation Area also promises spectacular views.
Back in town, the UNESCO-listed Tosho-gu Shrine, with its beautiful Yomeimon and excellent museum is not to be missed. Guided tours of other nearby temples and the old town are brilliant. Speak to the teams at the best places to stay in Nikko for their top recommendations!
The Best Places to Stay in Nikko
For a Central Stay
- Hotel Seikoen is a traditional ryokan with flexible accommodation options for couples or groups in rooms with tatami matting, paper screens and low seating. Relax in the onsen baths, enjoy regional cuisine and discover Nikko's many nearby attractions.
- Nikko Kanaya Hotel is Japan's oldest resort. Founded in 1873, this local landmark offers classic rooms for couples, friends or families, as well as four dining options and mutiple meeting rooms. You're minutes from the UNESCO-listed Nikko Toshogu Shrine. The resort's gardens are particularly lovely in spring and autumn.
For Great Value
- Nikko Guesthouse Sumica is a simple property with a mixture of private rooms and shared dormitories. Affordable accommodation will appeal to budget-conscious travellers, who will also appreciate access to a shared kitchen and communal sitting areas. Quaint and friendly.
FOR AN APARTMENT OR HOLIDAY House
- If you'd prefer a self-catering option, we suggest that you visit our online partner Booking.com.
- Fly to Tokyo's Haneda International Airport or to Narita International Airport and travel to Nikko on the Tobu railway in under two hours.
- The Tochigi region is wonderful to explore by road! Contact our online partner Rentalcars if you would like to hire a car.
- With temperatures peaking at around 25°C, summers are best for outdoorsy activities like hiking and mountain biking. The changing red, yellow and golden leaves of autumn, however make this the most picturesque time to visit. If you're looking to try cross-country skiing, travel between November and early March, when you can expect the most snow.
Still Not Sure?
- Explore our list of all the best places to stay in Nasu.
- Alternatively, expand your search to see our pick of the best places to stay in Japan.
- Or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice.
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Best Hotels in Nikko
Nikko Guesthouse Sumica Nikko (Nikko-city) 4 rooms from £20Groups - Shared dormitory rooms make this a great choice for relaxed trips with budget-conscious friendsValue chic - An authentic Japanese property with simple rooms at very reasonable pricesSailing - Take a cruise on Chuzenji Lake, which is particularly beautiful in autumnSights nearby - The world heritage shrines and temples of Nikko are 20 minutes' walk away
A quaint guesthouse well located within easy access of Nikkō's historical sights. Traditional tatami rooms offer an authentic stay while dormitories come with a very reasonable price tag. A small lounge offers a chance to mingle with other travellers. Ideal for those on a budget. See More
KAI Nikko Nikko 33 rooms from £174Spa breaks - Enjoy a relaxing soak in either an indoor or outdoor bath, with a private onsen available for hireLocal exploring - A great location for exploring Lake Chūzenji and the surrounding mountainsViews - Take in the gorgeous vistas of Lake Chuzenji and Mt. Nantai from your roomRestaurant - Seasonal delights await in the form of expertly produced dishes, crafted from the finest local ingredients including Wagyu
A hot spring resort located on the eastern shore of Lake Chuzenji. Spacious and elegant Japanese and Western style rooms boast views over the lake and Mount Nantai; the restaurant serves superb kaiseki cuisine. Plus there's the onsen and range of traditional activities on site. An oasis of serenity. See More
Hotel Seikoen Nikko (Tochigi) 26 rooms from £206Local exploring - Walking distance from the Shinkyo Bridge and various iconic temples, this is a top choice for on-foot explorersGreat walks - Follow the winding walking route from Nikko to Lake Chuzenji to soak up the area's natural beautyBusiness meetings - Business travellers will appreciate the extensive meeting spaces and communal areasSkiing - Enjoy cross-country skiing at at Senjo-ga-hara during the winter months
A traditional Ryokan located next to the famed Toshogu Shrine. Rooms of varying sizes (the largest sleeping 7) are classically dressed; think tatami mats, futon beds and paper screens. Boasting a hot spring bath, restaurant and even karaoke bar this is an ideal base to explore the region from. See More
Nikko Kanaya Hotel Nikko (Tochigi) 71 rooms from £300Families - Twin and quadruple rooms are great for families or groups of friends, who will also appreciate the choice of dining optionsLocal exploring - Minutes from Nikko's historic temples and shrines, this is a classic stay for keen history buffs and explorersTrekking - Follow scenic trails for mountain hikes with panoramic views and wonderful flora and faunaSights nearby - Visit the Nikko Toshogu Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Nikko's main attraction
Japan's oldest resort, this is an atmospheric spot with a charming mix of Japanese and European styles. Spacious rooms are light and airy with large windows, paper lanterns, parquet flooring and beamed ceilings. Housing a number of eateries and an old-fashioned bar. Fabulous and historic. See More
The Ritz-Carlton Nikko Nikko 94 rooms from £687Spa - Enjoy a full body massage or have your troubles melt away in the outdoor and indoor hot spring-fed onsenViews - The rooms offer stunning views of either Lake Chuzenji or Mt NantaiOutstanding location - Situated within Nikko National Park on the shores of Lake ChujenziHideaway - An absolutely serene location below the Kegon falls
A glamorous property on the shores of Lake Chūjenzi. Elegantly designed rooms blend minimalist and traditional styles and large windows lead to private porches with either lake or mountain views. The Western fusion cuisine is superb, plus there's the Ritz-Carlton's only onsen! Fabulous. See More