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“Very nice experience and a great hotel for food and service in Nikko!” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Seikoen
Ranked #7 of 85 B&Bs / Inns in Nikko
Skillman, New Jersey
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Very nice experience and a great hotel for food and service in Nikko!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2013

We stayed this hotel for 2 nights in mid August including breakfast and dinners with traditional Japanese room. The dinners were served in our own room and the food is excellent and fresh. The location of this hotel is also convenient to world heritage shrines of Nikko. The room is spacious and clean for 4 of us (2 kids, 12 and 9 yrs old). The onsen is nice and clean. The staff and the owner are very friendly and nice. The owner also speaks English and is extremely helpful. Overall, we really enjoyed our stay there and I highly recommend this hotel if you plan to visit Nikko. Free wifi is also available.

Lewis

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank ltpcls
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Level Contributor
35 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2013

I stayed at the Hotel Seikeon in February for one night. The setting was awesome in the Nikko Heritage site. A short taxi ride took us through the winding mountainous road. We walked a short distance from the JP railway station to the visitor information centre. The air is breathtaking crisp and cool.
In keeping with the graciousness of the Japanese people this hotel is exceptionally, clean and bright. The room are set in the 'Traditional' style with low rise table, tea to welcome us after our long journey. Relaxing in the spa and hot springs was a treat to behold, healing and tranquil.

The highlight of the following morning was dressing from breakfast in "Kimono" robes. Our hosts welcomed us with 'good morning'. We sat down, a display of 20 or so different exquisite mouth watering delights, to be share among friends. It wasn't difficult for me to be totally absorbed into the Japanese experience.

The futons and pillows were so loves to nestle in, with all the amenities. Including juice, water an cool drink vending machines on the same floor as the spa. There is a gift shop and postage can be purchase from the hotel, mailing it directly.from the front desk. .

The manager and staff were wonderful, polite, accommodating. Do try at least to learn 'thank you" in Japanese, this will take you a long way:

Arigatou gozaimasu. (formal)
ありがとうございます

I would go back in a heart-beat. Outstanding.

Room Tip: The room are large, bright and sunny. Very quiet, perfect for singles or families.
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Vanessa R
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Tokyo
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15 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2013

We booked a night at this hotel a month in advance because their website stated that they could prepare shojin ryouri (vegetarian) meals. They called us to tell us that they would not prepare food for vegetarians. When we mentioned their outdated website, they were quite rude. Needless to say, we cancelled our booking.

Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
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New York City, New York
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53 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2013

We stayed at Hotel Seikoen for two nights in December. It is very conveniently located to seeing world heritage shrines of Nikko. Our room was a very clean spacious tatami room. Bathroom is clean but a little outdated and same goes for the hallway and the lobby of the hotel. Dinner and breakfast are included into the price of your room. For breakfast you can go downstairs and if you choose your dinner can be served in your room in a traditional Japanese style sitting at a low table on a tatami floor. The food is very good and traditional. You can try most famous local ingredient Yuba. Seikoen has indoor and outdoor Onsen downstairs. Most Japanese use it before breakfast and after dinner. The stuff is very friendly, when they noticed we were going on a walk on a chilly December day, they gave us Hand Warmer Hot Pockets to keep us warm. Very good value to this hotel!

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank SK2288
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Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
29 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2011

I urge anyone visiting Japan to try to visit the absolutely gorgeous mountain town of Nikko. The massive shrines there of Tokugawa Ieyasu from 1617 in the Edo period are some of the finest national treasures in Japan. An easy 90 mins by fast train from Tokyo or Shinjuku, we stayed at Hotel Seikoen, which is really a mix of traditional Ryokan and Japanese style hotel. The food was probably the best we had in Japan, superb in-room dinners and over-the-top country breakfasts. The staff were very special, not much English, but they made up for that with friendly service. Nothing was a problem. They have a lovely relaxing onsen. The best time to go is for the Nikko festival of 1000 samurai in October - a treat you'll remember for a lifetime!

Room Tip: We wanted to experience a real traditional Japanese Ryokan style room, sleeping on the floor. The Yu...
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Ian S
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Los Angeles, California
Level Contributor
26 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2008

It was frustrating find an Osen Guest House that typically includes two meals per day to provide true vegetarian food. In Japan, seafood is considered as vegetarian, and in most dishes as long as there is no meat they are considered as vegetarian (despite the broth is made with chicken stock or bones). I are happy to find Hotel Seikoren because in addition to regular meal, they provide "SHOJIN-RYORI" which is a artistic true vegetarian cuisine mainly made from "YUBA" (soy product) to represent the beauty of seasons and self-enlightenment. For example, my vegetarian boyfriend got to have yummy soymilk hot pot with vege tempura, assortment of mushroom, and grill tofu while I enjoy my Kobe beef sukiyaki. Although he ended up with a special rates which is about 40 dollars more expensive than I but it was totally worth it. Beside the yummy food, the staffs are friendly and speak English. The room is okay (they don't have non-smoking rooms but we survived) with nice mountain or river view. The Osen is small, nothing luxurious but simply clean and blissful. The location is extremely convenient, we do not need to take the bus at all because we are like 4 mimutes away from the temples and shops. And when we got lazy to carry out lougage down the mountains to the train station, just hop on the bus that comes every 10 minutes and stop at the front doors. I think this is a wonderful place for vegetarian, or people who have a budget and do not care to stay in a 5 star hotel.

  • Liked — Vegetarian food and location
  • Disliked — No non-smoking room
  • Stayed December 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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10 Thank giggleuma
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Property: Hotel Seikoen
Address: Sannai 2350, Nikko 321-1431, Tochigi Prefecture
Region: Japan > Kanto > Tochigi Prefecture > Nikko > Nikko Onsen
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Ranked #7 of 85 B&Bs / Inns in Nikko
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Seikoen 3*
Number of rooms: 26
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