I stayed at Nikko Tokanso for one night in mid-April 2014 along with my twin brother and my retired parents during a family anniversary trip to Japan.
I highly recommend this hotel if you are looking to stay in a peaceful, traditional Japanese style hotel close to the famous temples and shrines Nikko. This is the perfect spot for you! Please read my comments below.
Check-in/Front desk +++++
We had booked two rooms with two beds each. We were well greeted at the front desk. On arrival, we were welcomed with our names were shown together with other guests name on a sign followed by excellent service.
This is a ryokan or a tradional Japanese style guesthouse and guests are asked to take off their shoes when entering the building. We loved the traditional Japanese interior and the atmosphere with the onsen section. Very well organized, clean and tidy to perfection. Just like the Japanese gardens!
Guests are invited to sleep on a mattress on the floor. The rooms are equipped to standard. The partition walls between guest rooms are thin as in most ryokans but was never a problem. Our rooms were equipped with minimal flat screen-TVs which did not bother us. Tea service in both rooms. A host will knock the door to offer help with preparing your mattress for the night. Please invite the host, this is part of their service (free of charge of course).
The hotel offered two hot spring tubs in it's onsen, a larger indoor tub and a smaller outdoor tub. The onsen was modern and clean and open until late. Very much appreciated!
The hotel had free Wi-Fi internet, available only in the main lobby. Never a problem as we were there for vacation, not business.
Guests can choose from Japanese-style breakfast or Western-style breakfast. We were a bit late for breakfast and therefore got served in our rooms. Great service!
There is a parking area in connection to the hotel entrance at no charge.
Nikko Tokanso is set in a beautiful and silent location, about 5-10 minute walk from the Shrines and Temples of Nikko (UNESCO World Heritage Site including ) and The Shinkyo bridge (Shinkyō).
Finding/Arriving to the hotel ++
Arriving by car to the location after sunset, we weren't sure we'd found the right place as the hotel entrance does not looked like a traditional western hotel as there were no signs in English and no big parking lot in front of the hotel.
Summary/Overall view +++++
We were very happy with our stay and gladly rate our experience at 5/5. Would love to take the opportunity and thank all the crew for making our stay comfortable. This will be our first choice if returning to Nikko. Great value for money. Our overall view is therefore: Highly recommended!
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