Picked up by the owners from Nikko JR station after making the agreed phone call from the call box as per the email. Having travelled direct from the UK the JR rail connections and pick up from the station worked fine. The residence is placed about half a mile from the town and given that a trip to Nikko's temples and country side is going to require some walking relatively small distances if you don't have a car, the pleasant location in a wood complete with river and deer roaming nearby after dark was relaxing.
Charlie Brown the dog is housed outside and so is his bedding, so one can only think that other reviewers that commented on his BO aren't dog lovers !. Give him a biscuit from inside the door and tell him he's a good boy....
Inside the house the strict separation of outdoor wear just inside and throughout was enforced and explained, the Japanese way. Very good food and a great introduction to Japanese cooking with a number of courses and explanation of what you were eating and indeed how to cook it yourself on the charcoal burner provided. The eating option for the dinner and breakfast meal was also mentioned beforehand in case you had an issue with the contents. Fresh fish featured a lot but also meat, so one touched all the bases.
The Japanese room was clean but being of this style if you are not happy with sitting on the floor during the day, the well stocked communal lounge can be used at other times entering from the hall. On wifi it is true that when we visited, this was not working since the owner had lost the key [an admission]. One suspects that the WEP key is printed on the base of the router unit but decided that given that handling the router was off bounds didn't progress it. An Ethernet lead is provided for laptops but if you carry your own portable router the owner is happy for you to connect this up in the hall and take up residence in the lounge in the more comfortable environment.
The owners were knowledgable, gave us directions, provided umbrellas on the wet day and chased us for our wet clothes to dry over night in the heated Japanese bathroom area. So unlike other contributers we got our clothes dried.
Nikko itself reminds one of a Nordic town with low cloud base and a chill in the air, at least in the winter, hence the warm cosy accommodation was welcome.
BTW as mentioned elsewhere the accommodation does have a set of steps so if you are not fit or have a physical disability or are carrying heavy bags, you could have an issue.
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