Nikko Park Lodge
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Nikko Park Lodge

2828-5 Tokorono, Nikko 321-1421 Tochigi Prefecture
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3.5
#25 of 49 hotels in Nikko
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See why so many travellers make Nikko Park Lodge their hotel of choice when visiting Nikko. Providing an ideal mix of value, comfort and convenience, it offers an array of amenities designed for travellers like you.

The rooms offer air conditioning and a desk, and getting online is possible, as free wifi is available, allowing you to rest and refresh with ease.

Nikko Park Lodge features baggage storage and a coffee shop. Guests arriving by vehicle have access to free parking.

Given the close proximity of popular landmarks, such as Kanaya Hotel History House (1.3 mi) and Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park (1.4 mi), guests of Nikko Park Lodge can easily experience some of Nikko's most well known attractions.

Nikko has plenty of pubs. So when you’re here, be sure to check out popular spots like D'Vine Restaurant & Lounge and Murmur Biiru Stand, which are serving up some great dishes.

Nikko is also home to Matsuo Basho Monument, a popular that is not too far from Nikko Park Lodge.

We’re sure you’ll enjoy your stay at Nikko Park Lodge as you experience all of the things Nikko has to offer.

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Non-smoking hotel
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HOTEL STYLE
Mid-range
Quaint
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English, Japanese
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sugar1740 wrote a review May 2008
sugar17401 contribution5 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Positives:
-Cozy living room area
-Free tea, food you can take and pay for later
-Ride to and from train station but only at certain times
-Helpful and friendly receptionist

Negatives:
-The map is vague, incomplete, and nearly impossible to follow at night
-We were charged $4990 yen/person although the their website says $3990 yen/person
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Date of stay: April 2008
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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2.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesCheck-in / front desk
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesBusiness service (e.g., internet access)
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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VictoriaSommers wrote a review Dec 2006
Singapore296 contributions158 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
This lodge was highly recommended by Tripadvisor members for reasons I can understand - the owner (there are 3 actually and the gentleman we interacted with is Zen-san). He is courteous and helpful. The common area at the lodge also gives you a very homely feeling, in an American sort of way. If you are travelling alone or with one other person, you pay 4,000 to 8,000 yen for a room. This way, it's very reasonable. In fact, all the other guests we met were either a couple or single.

We are however a couple with two kids, 16 and 10. We stayed for two nights at the lodge last week. We paid 3,900 yen per person per night (my son paid 1,000 yen less). This works out to be 15,000 yen per night for all 4 of us. We got a room with a mezzanine floor. The area downstairs is really small and the bathroom is tiny (hotwater is available till 11 p.m. but it took us very long to get everyone cleaned up given a less than 30 sq ft-space). it was very cold at this time of the year and the portable heater downstairs made the room really hot and dry at night. Without it though, it was cold. Fortunately, the beds were all equipped with blanket warmer, we had to adjust the heater and the warmer in the middle of the night or else you will be soaked with sweat. I guess all these less than pleasant experiences had to do with the weather and it will be a lot more pleasant in spring/summer.

The rooms are probably deliberately decorated in a retro manner but certain parts require urgent upkeeping.

Location wise, it's not really possible for one to walk from the Nikko train station to the lodge. By taxi, it costs 660 to 1,000 yen depending on which routing the driver takes. Zen-san took us to the train station on the day we left for Tokyo.

If I visit Nikko again with my husband, I will probably stay at the lodge again. I won't if I am with friends or family.
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Date of stay: November 2006
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesCheck-in / front desk
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesBusiness service (e.g., internet access)
Trip type: Travelled with family
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whozzit wrote a review Jan 2009
N CA43 contributions29 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We mostly stayed in cheap ryokans, so we were used to renting towels and TV in the common room. But for us this was definitely a step up in accommodations. We had a double bed and private bath, with the best heat on our entire trip. The room was small but cozy and lovely, and the common room was nice. The owner was very helpful with info on the local area. We walked from the train station, which took about 20 minutes, and the directions worked fine. We took advantage of the free ride to the station at 9:30am.
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Date of stay: January 2009
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesCheck-in / front desk
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesBusiness service (e.g., internet access)
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youbuyfromme wrote a review May 2023
Sydney, Australia15 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This guest house had every thing we needed after coming cold and wet from hiking in the mountains. The shower was hot food great and the beds comfortable. We had plenty of room. The owner gave us a lift to the station after we checked out.
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Date of stay: May 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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dachou wrote a review Apr 2006
Japan12 contributions10 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I highly recommend the Nikko Park Lodge. This place has character, great food (and very vegetarian friendly!) prepared by a great chef, really friendly staff, and a good location. The staff was very accommodating and helpful. English was never a problem. They even took us to an onsen. We felt more like we were at a friend's house than an inn or a ryokan. If you are looking for a tradition ryokan or minshuku with futons and japanese style baths, then, this may not be the place for you, but if you want a fun, friendly, welcoming place where you can really get to know the people you'll see every morning and night, then this is the place. The rooms were clean, comfy, and unique, a little cold, but nothing the heater couldn't fix. Again, the food was great, especially after a long day of walking in Nikko. If I go back to Nikko, which I probably will (I hear fall there is beautiful), I definitely would like to see Ken and his friendly staff here again.
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Lovesjapan wrote a review Nov 2007
Paris, Canada10 contributions10 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
I chose this hotel because of good reviews at Trip Advisor. After staying there, I thought that maybe the reviews were written by either workers there or friends of the owner. If not, then the standards of those who wrote the reviews are very low. This is my 3rd trip to Japan and we have travelled extensively throughout that country, and have stayed at an assortment of hotel types and within a variety of price ranges.(usually mid range to lower). This one is the worst. Most hotels have been very very good!
My top reason are the rooms; we treated our son and his Japanese wife to their lodging here, as part of a bday gift ...to this wonderful area of Nikko. Nikko Lodge was a great disappointment. Unless you don't mind badly stained rugs and walls, ripped wallpaper , unclean and old looking, not kept up rooms, halls, etc. The following were not provided with rooms: towels, shampoo, conditioner, clock, radio. Our son's room TV did not work, which did not seem to concern the proprietor. He could provide a movie for the DVD player, for a charge of course, as with the towels, and everything else....every little extra had a charge!
As for the friendly Japanese service, we had to wait until the proprietor took 2 phone calls, etc...when we arrived tired at the end of our day in Nikko.You have to ring a bell for service at the front desk, but you have to wait awhile...this happened with all persons arriving there! We had to pay up front for the rooms and any dinner we ordered. The dinner is not good..another embarrassment for us in this choice of lodging.
$80 for 2 in a room might sound good but we spent $88USD including a delicious bfast in Fukuoka at a really nice Hotel, (Toyo). And several other hotels in places like Niihama, Narita, Kyoto were between $70 and $85 and were amazing by comparison to what I must call a "dump"..sorry!
We learned that the very bad service given by the Western workers there was due to the fact that they were there on "Homestay" which explained their inability to serve well..they had not been trained to do so!
Anyway, unless you are used to poor hostels and have great tolerance for dirty stained rooms and bad service, don't stay here!
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Date of stay: October 2007
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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2.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesCheck-in / front desk
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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jrmacd wrote a review May 2008
San Francisco3 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at the Nikko Park Lodge from April 23-25. We would definitely go back. The only thing I would recommend to them is that they make it more clear on their website that towels are not supplied. I knew this from reading the reviews on Trip Advisor. Of course, it is a hostel, even if it has private rooms with baths, and no hostel that I know of provides towels. And they only charge 100 yen for a towel. That's approximately US$1 and half that for Europeans, so I don' t see what the big deal is.
At check-in they inform you of the pre-ordering dinner policy, particularly in reference to their Zen dinner. (A policy that is also made clear on their website) We were told that payment in advance was preferred but not required. I'm not sure why you wouldn't just pay when you ordered, but I guess some people like to be difficult. The reason for having to preorder dinner is that they buy the ingredients fresh every day - we know because we saw Zenryu at the market buying them. The Zen dinner has a tofu steak and lots of mushrooms, so if you don't like those things, don't order it. I thought it was quite good, and I don't usually like either. There are no meat options as the place is run by a Zen monk.
At dinner they seat everyone together at large tables. It can be a tight squeeze, but it's very social. The dining area/lounge has a tv and dvd player, a guitar, a woodburning stove in a sunken alcove. It rained while we were there and it was very cozy.
The rooms were fine. We had a private double bed. It was clean, the sheets were fine, hot water was fine, the temp regulation was fine. It may not be the Park Hyatt, but it's more than one might expect for $40 per person.
There are plenty of walking trails pretty much right outside the door. An onsen is about a 5 minute walk away, as is a really cool 160 meter green slide. Even closer is a Woodcarving center.
Most people probably won't want to walk from the train station to the lodge, but we packed light and it wasn't hot out, so we did. It took about 20 minutes, and was partly up a not-too-steep hill. For about half of the walk, there is no sidewalk, but the roads are n't very busy. You can print out a walking map from their website, or pick up one a the Visitor Center at Tobu Nikko station. They will pick you up if you call ahead. Also at about 9:30am they make a run (or two, or as many as needed) to drop people off at the stations. It takes a semi-fit person about 35 minutes to walk from the lodge to the temple complex that is Nikko's big attraction. Someone will be happy to show you how to walk it on a free map provided. (If you stay between now and August, a young Canadian woman can give you all the hiking tips you need.) Otherwise, you can catch one of the 9:30am train station shuttle runs, and from Tobu Nikko Station catch a bus that will get you there in 10 minutes.
There is a 7am Zen Yoga class for 500 yen for those interested. I wasn't.
Overall we had a great stay in Nikko. So did everyone we met while there. As long as you understand you are staying in a hostel (and understand what a hostel is) I don't see how you could be disappointed. In fact, for a hostel, this place is absolutely amazing. It's pretty darn good for a hotel too.
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Date of stay: April 2008
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesCheck-in / front desk
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesBusiness service (e.g., internet access)
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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AlisimoUK wrote a review Aug 2015
Yorkshire27 contributions17 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I can't rate this place highly enough. To start with here are the basics:
1. The hotel is lovely - nothing flashy, but you feel like you're at home. A very comfortably living/dining room with great sofas/internet access/tv showing international news.
2. The bedrooms are very comfortable and quite siple. Our friends stayed in a mezzanine style room, which was very impressive.
3. The breakfast is brilliant.
4. The grounds are beautiful
5. Get a taxi up from the train station - 780 yen instead of a long walk up the hill. There was a shuttle service back to the train station that we took advantage of.

THE STAFF ARE AMAZING! The big deal for us was that my partner left his passport here. The next few days we were climbing fuji and therefore had no address to mail to, but we were staying in osaka after this. We were slightly anxious, as the day after Osaka we were flying, but the wonderfully friendly and helpful staff had the passport mailed straight to the osaka hotel and we could carry on with our trip stress free.
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Date of stay: August 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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youngworldtravelers wrote a review Apr 2012
Chicago, IL169 contributions110 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
First of, my review might be a little bias because I thought this place was a bed and breakfast and not a hostel. Regardless, this place was absolutley filthy and I would not recommend it to anyone!
We arrived late and like most reviewers indicated we had to wait 30 minutes to check in. The owner took two calls and didn't even acknowledge us. We had to wait on average 10 minutes to get any kind of service, ordering drinks, dinner and breakfast. We ordered both of our meals at the lodge because it was freezing out and walking to the closest store would take us 30 minutes. Dinner was very tasty, a bit over priced but good, on a negative we waited 2 hours to get served!!! Don't you want to tell us that it would take that long?! Communication! The normal Japanese hospitality is definitely not existent there. The breakfast was also pretty good but if there was a store near by we would have opted for some rice balls instead.

Now, here comes the kicker and why I would never stay here again, it's filthy! Besides the layers of dust that covered the main room and our room, there were also stains on the carpet, walls and the bathroom was moldy. We didn't even shower because of how unclean it was.
The toilet was also gross! There was this weird pad on the seat and it was stained and had public hair on it. Really?! We actually lifted the seat and squatted over the toilet. The only thing that was clean were the sheets on the bed.

The Park Lodge is located pretty far from anywhere, on a nice warm day a 1.2 km walk is nothing but on a freezing day no one wants to walk up a mountain. We took a cab and for 710 yen it got us there. We were told that its a five minute car ride but thirty minute walk from thr lodge to the JR station and the temples. That proved to be true.
One of the reviewers mentioned that the owner tries to make money off everything, I agree. Since the lodge is not in a convenient location, they charge high prices for everything. A tall boy can of beer is 500 yen?! Even hotels charge 250 for the same can. The owner is nice when he notices you but if they put the same amount of work into cleaning the place as they did into designing their website or their leaflets then they might convince me to give them another try. Until then I am staying far way from this place.
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Date of stay: March 2012
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
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MAX T wrote a review Oct 2013
London, United Kingdom7 contributions8 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Location was fairly good, with it being a 20min walk to major temples/sites. The shuttle service offered to the station every morning was useful. English is well spoken, and advice was good. Apart from this, the large open living area of hostel with log stove is really the only good thing about this place.

On the whole though this place has a slightly impersonal approach, with chaotic organisation. Meals were late, and often forgotten about, which is made worse by the fact that you pay a slightly pricey amount when you order. Portions were not up to the job given hiking is your likely pursuit.

On the whole the place is not that clean and the shower room is especially dirty and smelly with broken fixtures. Onsen/bath was out of use without explanation. All of the Shampoo/soap bottles had not been replenished.

Laundry is not a listed service, which is inconvenient.
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Date of stay: October 2013
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Brisbane T wrote a tip Nov 2019
Brisbane, Australia61 contributions10 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Choose a room with private facilities."
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pilgrim_gsa wrote a tip Nov 2016
New Delhi, India1,329 contribution305 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Choose rooms away from the front facing to avoid noise"
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Judith G wrote a tip Jul 2016
Saint Louis, Missouri140 contributions96 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Corner rooms are brighter."
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Neynon wrote a tip Nov 2014
Arlington, Virginia43 contributions56 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"I had a private room at the very end of the hallway away from the common areas which was very quiet and the surrounding neighborhood is very quiet in a somewhat forested area. No problem sleeping in the room. If Internet is important, then rooms closer to the common area might be a better location."
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DK5179 wrote a tip Oct 2014
Jerusalem, Israel125 contributions64 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Rooms are not the same and equipment is different from room to room so I suggest to check the room before taking it"
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PRICE RANGE
£43 - £64 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
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LOCATION
JapanKantoTochigi PrefectureNikkoKinugawa Onsen / Nikko Onsen
NUMBER OF ROOMS
12
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Frequently Asked Questions about Nikko Park Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Nikko Park Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Shinkyo Bridge (0.7 miles), Nikko Station (0.7 miles), and Tobu Nikko Station (0.6 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Nikko Park Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and laundry service.
Is parking available at Nikko Park Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Nikko Park Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Komekichi Kozushi, Murmur Biiru Stand, and Hippari dako.
Is Nikko Park Lodge located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.6 miles away from the centre of Nikko.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Nikko Park Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Japanese.
Are there any historical sites close to Nikko Park Lodge?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Taiyuimbyo Shrine (1.2 miles), Yomeimon (Main Gate) (1.0 miles), and Nikko Futarasan Shrine (1.1 miles).
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