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Kyoto doesn't have the monopoly when it comes to cultural Japan; there are more places to travel in the Land of the Rising Sun for those who want to learn and get a glimpse of Japan's heritage and past. One of them is the city of Nikko in Tochigi prefecture, one hundred forty kilometers from the capital city of Tokyo.
What awaits you here? Nikko is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to temples, shrines, and gardens that date way back to Japan's first emperors. There are many temples in the city and the most popular is the Toshogu Shrine. The shrine is the mausoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu -- founder and first shogun of the Tokogawa Shogunate. The Tokogawa is one of the longest and most significant shogunate in Japanese history. His mausoleum is a feast for the eyes -- it is lavishly decorated with impeccable designs.
Another must-visit in Nikko is the Rinnoji Temple. The Tamoza Villa is another famous attraction being the former summer residence of Japan's Imperial family. Nikko does more than bring you back to the past, it is also an outdoor destination. The city and its surrounding areas offer hiking; trekking; or simply communing with nature courtesy of its mountains, lakes, and hot springs.
Nikko is one of the Japan's most visited places and international tourists should not shy away from this destination. Even frugal travelers and backpackers must include Nikko on their list to visit while in Japan. There are quite a few affordable accommodations in the city. Hostels in Nikko have good locations. Many of them are within minutes of walking from train stations. Hostels in Nikko also offer different amenities -- some even have air conditioners and restaurants, while others offer basic services like a communal kitchen for you to create your own meals.
Many hostels have Japanese-style rooms and these are perfect to have that holistic Japanese culture experience. There are also hostels in Nikko that offer Western-style rooms, like those country-style rooms. Staying in these Nikko hostels will not only give you savings, but let you meet other travelers. Prior to your stay, call and reserve in advance. Some Nikko hostels do not accept credit cards, so inquire about this prior to your travel.
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Nikko Suginamiki Youth Hostel
"… surrounded by trees. We are located just 20minutes from Nikko city central. You can experience lots of fun in our hostel such as Nikko carving, Sports blowing arrow Sports blowing arrow and Sports blowing arrow. The present age is one of the very few hotels where the young person and one travel are welcomed compared with other hotels though are choices of the place where it stays besides the youth hostel. Be to be able to...
Nikko Park Lodge
"Very disappointed - I booked a room at the mountain lodge for the 31st of December (today), and have been told to go to the one closest to the station between 3 and 5pm in order to call the car which will accompany us to the mountain lodge. When I arrived at the one closest to the station, I've been told that they've made a "mistake" and that I can't have a room at the mountain, but there's one for me at the station one. I was really...
"Best hostel I've stayed in - Don't let the relatively high (for a hostel) price scare you off, you will completely get your money's worth. The owner makes fantastic western breakfast that you'd pay well over 1000¥ for at a restaurant, and offers a shuttle service to and from the hostel's relatively remote (and absolutely beautiful) location. On top of this there is no charge for amenities such as bath towels, and the Internet is free and...
Nikko Guesthouse Sumica
"The best place I stayed at in Japan - I just returned from a 3-week trip to Japan, and Nikko Guesthouse Sumica was the first place I stayed at. I stayed at some pretty great places thereafter, but they still fell shot of the hospitality I enjoyed at Sumica. Sato and Kumiko, the proprietors take such a personal interest in their guests, and basically treat you like family. They really go out of their way to be helpful and make your experience...
Nikko Park Lodge (Tobu Nikko Station)
"Great location - Great hostel, and in a perfect location for the sightseeing bus. Great grocery store down the road, with cheap prices. Electric blankets were an amazing treat in the cold weather. Only thing I have to complain about is the lack of any kitchen utensils whatsoever. Not even cutlery or crockery. But otherwise a really great place to stay." … "… also offer Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the Monkey Dragon Cafe and...
"… check-in: 4pm-9pm * check-out: 10am Please e-mail us if you check in later on our business time. * lights-out time for common lounge: 11pm [About Payment.] * On arrival. * Cash only. [About Luggage...] * If you want, before check-in(10am~) and after check-out, luggage can be left in the entrance. (But, Please manage your own valuables. Bacause we have to cleaning and more...So,we can not guard always.thank...
Nikkosan Backpackers Inn
"… is from 15:00 to 21:00. (please note, if you will be late for check in time) Check OUT time is until 10:00. Luggage keeping is from 9:00 to 13:00. 3) Reception hours is from 8:00 to 13:00 and from 15:00 to 21:00. *Closed：13:00-15:00* (please be careful to arrive time) *Guest for more than 1 day staying* Cleaning and ready to check IN from 11:00 to 15:00. 4) Cancellation Policy Cancellation fee until...
"… for -Nikko Edo-mura (Edo Era Village) -Tobu World Square -Western Mura (Western Village) Located Near: -Nikko Toshogu (The Tokugawa Shognage Palace) -Rin-no-ji (Temple) -Nikko Edo-mura (Edo Era Village) -Futara-san (Shrine) -Chuzenji-ko Lake -Mt. Nantai-san -Tobu World Square -Western Mura (Western Village) == From Tobu-Nikko Station == 15 minutes on foot. == From JR Nikko Station == 20 minutes on foot or 5...
Nikko Cottage Inn FU-SHA
"… for a family. There are 3 rooms inside. Nikko is the mountainous area of Tochigi Prefecture. You will be impressed with the old temples, shrines and the nature. In the kithen, there is a refrigerator, microwave oven, tea server, coffee maker, table ware and a Washing machine. In the Bath Room, there is a Soap, Shampoo, Hair conditioner, Hair drier, Face towel,Bath towel and a YuKaTa (light cotton kimono). From JR or TOBU...
"… \'Engawa\' (Japanese porch), and some fixtures such as \'Fusuma\' and \'Shyouji\' (Japanese sliding doors made of paper). Through staying at our cottage, we would like you to experience the beauty of a traditional Japanese house.Our aim is to provide our guests not the life-style from old times, but the Japanese life-style that suites the modern age. We want our guests to enjoy their stay and feel comfortable, so we choose equipment...
"… and dramatic waterfalls, Nikko has it all. Situated within two minutes of walking from both of the Nikko train stations, Nikko Condos is the perfect place to spend time with friends, get to know the locals, and start your Nikko adventure. We offer private doubles (studio - 1 bed for 2 guests),a private 6 person tatami room (traditional Japanese style), a private 3 person condominium (2 beds for 3 guests), and an 8 person mixed dorm...
"… for 100 yen and tooth brush for 100 yen. Check-in: 3PM-11PM / Check-out: 10AM / Curfew: 11PM *We can keep your luggage before the check-in. == Located Near == -Nikko Toshogu (The Tokugawa Shognage Palace) -Rin-no-ji (Temple) -Futara-san (Shrine) -Nikko Edo-mura (Edo Era Village) -Chuzenji-ko Lake -Mt. Nantai-san -Senjogahara (Old War Plain) -Kirifuri Kogen (Plateau) Visitors are amazed by Nikko's natural beauty...
Minshuku Narusawa Lodge
"The lady is very nice, the set dinner's yummy, and the room is neat and tidy. The tatami and futon were comfortable. It's only that to get here you need to take a 10-minute walk from the station without very clear signs. But you can give them a call and they can pick you up in the station." … "… you to enjoy typical Japanese accommodation in a tatami room with a futon bed. The check-in time after 15:00, check-out until...
"… minute ride to Nikko Station, where many amazing World Heritage sites are located. Our hostel has a family atmosphere. All rooms are Private, we have no dorm style rooms. (The owner is living in a same house, one floor above of the house as the guest rooms) We offer 2 twin rooms and 1 triple room. All rooms share modern Japanese style common room and a bathroom. Please note that we have a cat on the premises, however she is...
Nikko Travel Tips & Suggestions
It's so amazing. I loved it.
I love Nikko. I have been there twice to visit my wife's family. Nikko is beautiful and the Toshogu Shrines are amazing. Definitely take the drive up to Lake Chuzenji. Any visit to Japan should include a trip to Nikko.
— Jon L.
I work here! It's beautiful! Come experience Nikko!!!
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