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KAI Hoshino Resorts KAI Nikko

KAI Hoshino Resorts KAI Nikko

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
  • Half-board

What is KAI?

What is KAI?

Japan’s hidden luxuries—at your fingertips

KAI is a leading brand of upscale 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, KAI is an invitation to immerse yourself in the rich diversity of Japanese culture.


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 while gazing at Lake Chuzenji.

Room types (8)

KAI Amenities

100% flax yukata

These casual kimono have been meticulously woven to provide cooling in the summer and heat in the winter.

Wrapping cloth

In Japan, objects are traditionally carried around in a makeshift bag formed from a sheet of cloth, known as furoshiki. Guests are invited to use these cloths to carry their belongings around the premises.

Luxury mattresses

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.

Other amenities

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

Hot spring

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.

Yuagari Lounge

After a dip in the baths, guests are invited to cool off on a tatami dais.


Same day reservations available at the front desk.

KAI Cultural Discovery

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 tap show

In the past, one could only enter shrines or temples while wearing straw sandals. However, a special exception was made for Nikko geta as they made the trek easier in the Nikko region--a rocky, hilly area that receives a lot of snow in colder months.




Check-in 15:00
Check-out 12:00
Rooms 33
33 Japanese-style Rooms
Parking 20
Facilities Front Desk / Shared bath halls / Yuagari Lounge / Restaurant / Woodcraft Library / Shop

Woodcraft Library

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 refreshments are available.

KAI Nikko

2482-1 Chugu, Nikko-shi,
Tochigi 321-1661