Located 3 hours by train from Tokyo, KAI Nikko is a hot spring ryokan situated beside the serene Lake Chuzenji. Semi-private dining booths and cedar-lined baths are among the comforts guests can expect at this palatial establishment, which offers easy access to historic and natural sights, like the Tosho-gu temple in Nikko and Kegon Falls.
- 30 min. From Nikko Toshogu Shrine
- English-speaking staff
- Best Rate Guarantee
- Free Wi-fi
- Outdoor bath
What is KAI?
What is KAI?
Japan’s hidden luxuries—at your fingertips
KAI is a leading brand of luxury boutique hot spring ryokans. Every establishment offers a contemporary take on the traditional Japanese inn, providing unique, location-specific experiences—from exclusive activities to specialty suites—designed to immerse guests in the lavish world of Japanese regional craftsmanship.
Each of our 33 rooms boasts over 60 m2 of space and are all connected by luxurious tatami-matted hallways. Many offer breathtaking views of Lake Chuzenji and Mt. Nantai. Every room has a distinguishing feature, such as a marble or cedar bathtub, or Western-style living areas.
KAI Signature Rooms
KAI Signature Rooms incorporate elements of regional craft cultures in their design. At KAI Nikko, they offer lake views and furnishings featuring kanuma kumiko—a regional style of wood ornamentation that guests may try out themselves using the complementary starter kit.
Room types (8)
KAI Signature Room
Japanese-style Room with Lake View GL2
- 1-2 / 60m²
Japanese-style Suite with Lake View TK6
- 1-6 / 170m²
Japanese-style Suite with Lake View TK4
- 1-4 / 125m²
Japanese-style Suite with Lake View WL6
- 1-6 / 100m²
Japanese-style Room with Lake View WL4
- 1-4 / 60m²~72m²
Japanese-style Room with Lake View WL2
- 1-2 / 60m²
Japanese-style Room with Moutain View WY4
- 1-4 / 72m²
Japanese-style Room with Mountain View WY2
- 1-2 / 60m²
100% flax yukata
These casual kimono have been meticulously woven to provide cooling in the summer and heat in the winter.
In Japan, objects are traditionally carried around in a makeshift bag formed from a sheet of cloth. Guests are invited to use these cloths to carry their belongings around the premises.
Our own brand mattresses have been designed to provide proper support to the body while also being soft enough to sink into, allowing for undisturbed sleep.
Bath / TV / phone / electric kettle / fridge / safe box / hair dryer / toilet with bidet functions / air purifier with humidifying function
Yuba, or jellied tofu skin, is a Nikko specialty. At KAI Nikko, this delicacy is served on a stunning Nikko-bori engraved wooden plate along with dishes such as beef and vegetables, steamed in a custom-made bowl crafted from local Oya stone to condense their flavor.
Dinners consist of multi-course kaiseki meals that include visually pleasing dishes made with seasonal ingredients. Guests may choose between standard and special.
Yuba was popularized by Nikko's many temples and shrines, which served the staple to traveling priests. Breakfasts at KAI Nikko retain this tradition with a hearty yuba casserole.
- No Western meals are served, either at dinner or breakfast.
- Standard prices include half board.
- Allergy Information
The bath halls are separated by gender and include an indoor and outdoor bath. The indoor bath is lined with aromatic cedar, while the outdoor bath is adorned with rocks to enhance the feeling of being out in the open. A second outdoor bath is also available.
- Hours for the second outdoor bath differ for men and women so as to allow for privacy.
After a dip in the baths, guests are invited to cool off on a tatami-matted dais.
Same day reservations available at the front desk.
Every KAI establishment offers a selection of free activities designed to introduce guests to Japan's regional cultures. At KAI Nikko, guests are presented with a performance that tells the story of the Nikko geta—traditional straw sandals with wooden soles that have been crafted in Nikko for 400 years.
Nikko geta show
In the past, one could only enter shrines or temples while wearing straw sandals. An exception was made for Nikko geta to make the trek easier in Nikko--a rocky, hilly area that receives a lot of snow.
From Tokyo area
Free shuttle service
- Free shuttle service is available to and from Chuzenji Onsen Bus Terminal, accessible via Tobu Bus from JR Nikko Station or Tobu Nikko Station.
- Times in parentheses are only available outside the winter season (Dec. 1 - Mar. 31).
- Please wait in the waiting room located near Chuzenji-Onsen bus stop.
33 Japanese-style Rooms
|Facilities||Shared bath halls / Yuagari Lounge / Restaurant / Woodcraft Library / Shop|
Overlooking Lake Chuzenji in the KAI Nikko lobby is a library with large windows featuring kanuma kumiko wood ornamentation and Nikko-bori wood engravings. Complimentary coffee is available.