Hoshino KAI Nikko

Nikko, Japan

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  • Stunning lakeside location
  • Elegantly-furnished Japanese-style rooms

  • Indoor and outdoor hot spring bathing

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The best and most popular times to visit Japan are the climatically stable seasons of spring (March to May) and autumn (late September to November). The highlight of spring is the cherry-blossom season, which usually arrives in early April. Autumn is an equally good time to travel, with pleasant temperatures and soothing autumn colours, which usually peak between late October and mid-November. Of course, you can visit Japan anytime although the summer, from June to August, can be very hot and humid, and winter can be a little chilly for some people’s taste.

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Enjoying a tranquil location overlooking the beautiful Lake Chuzenji, KAI Nikko offers stylish boutique ryokan accommodation with tastefully-furnished rooms, exquisite Japanese cuisine and both indoor and outdoor hot spring baths.

Part of the celebrated KAI brand of luxury hot spring ryokans, KAI Nikko offers the chance for guests to immerse themselves in Japanese culture in both comfort and style. Overlooking the beautiful calm waters of Lake Chuzenji, the ryokan enjoys a peaceful and serene ambience. Each of the Japanese-style rooms is individually-furnished, showcasing the best of Japan’s regional craftsmanship. The accommodation is spacious, modern and stylish and many rooms enjoy breath-taking views across the lake. The accommodation is on a half-board basis and guests are treated to delicious Japanese cuisine. There are indoor and outdoor hot spring baths, a relaxation lounge and nightly Nikko Geta Show, a dance performance telling the story of the traditional Nikko geta sandals.

The 33 spacious rooms are all tastefully-furnished with tatami-mat flooring, futon beds, sliding doors and local artwork. Many rooms have a distinguishing feature such as a marble or cedar bathtub or Western-style living area. KAI Signature Rooms include lake views and furnishings featuring kanuma kumiko wood ornamentation. Standard amenities include Wi-Fi, en-suite bathroom with yukata linen robes, wrapping cloth for carrying personal items, luxury mattress, TV, kettle, fridge, safe, hair dryer and air purifier. The room rate includes half-board and guests enjoy exquisite and beautifully-presented traditional multi-course kaiseki dining in semi-private booths. Breakfast is Japanese-style and please be aware that there is no Western-style food offered at the ryokan. Complimentary coffee is served in the Woodcraft Library.

There are both indoor and outdoor hot spring baths for single sex bathing and a relaxation lounge. Indoor baths are lined in aromatic cedar wood, while outdoor baths have been landscaped to blend in with their natural surroundings. Well-located, the ryokan is a 15-minute drive from Toshogu Shrine and Nikko National Park. A wonderful ryokan which is bound to be one of the highlights of your stay.

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KAI Signature Rooms include a complimentary kanuma kumiko starter kit, so guests can try their hand at this local craft of wood ornamentation. Typically, most of the ryokan en-suite bathrooms include both a deep-soaking tub and separate shower.


Children are welcome at the hotel although there are no specific childcare facilities available.


There are single sex indoor and outdoor hot spring baths, including one where sake is poured into the water twice a day to enhance the soaking experience. After bathing, guests can cool off with a drink in the Yuagari Lounge.


The hotel organises a nightly Nikko Geta Show, a dance performance explaining the origins of the Nikko Geta, the traditional straw and wooden Japanese sandals crafted in Nikko for over 400 years. KAI Nikko is also close to local attractions such as Toshogu Temple, Kegon Falls and Nikko National Park.


  • Ashikaga Flower Park

    Ashikaga Flower Park spans across 9 hectares and are blessed with seasonal flowers across all season. Especially popular is the wisteria tunnels of over 350 wisterias which bloom during the spring.

  • Best of Nikko with Kunigawa Valley

    Discover the scenic treasures of Nikko! Enjoy Kinugawa river boat ride, pass through Suginami cedar avenue, visit the Nikko Toshogu Shrine, Kanmangafuchi Abyss, Ryuzu Falls and Senjoga Hara Marshland.

  • Half Day Ancient Nikko Highlights

    Enjoy the religious and cultural highlights of Nikko and visit Nikko Toshogu Shrine, Futarasan Shrine and the Rinnoji Temple in a 3 hours tour.

  • Kegon Falls & Chuzenji Temple

    Head to Kegon Waterfalls before a leisure exploration of Chuzenji Temple.

  • Nikko Hiking Experience

    Start a three hour hike on Mount Nantai and revel in the marvellous views across Joshinetsu Kogen and Chuzenji-kosan.

  • Scenic Nikko

    Discover the scenic treasures of Nikko! Visit Senjoga Hara Marshland and head to Kegon Waterfalls before a leisure cruise on Lake Chuzenji. Enjoy a simple picnic lunch, then visit the elegant Italian Embassy Villa turned park.

Location & directions

Nikko, Japan

The ryokan is a 3-hr train and bus ride from Tokyo and from December to March there is a free shuttle bus service from JR Tokyo Station to the ryokan which takes around 3-hrs. Alternatively KAI Nikko is a 3-hr drive from Narita International Airport.

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