The Ritz-Carlton, Nikko is a luxury resort hotel overlooking Lake Chuzenji in Nikko’s Okunikko region. This hotel’s facilities include a library, a lakefront terrace, a 24-hour fitness center, two restaurants, and a bar. In addition, this is the only Ritz-Carlton hotel in the world with its own onsen hot spring spa.
Set in stunning natural beauty this hotel provides the perfect retreat with everything you need for a relaxing vacation. Activities such as hiking, fishing, skiing, and boating on the lake are all available for more active guests. Local sights include the dramatic Kegon Falls, the marshland of Senjogahara, and Chuzenji Temple.
The Ritz-Carlton, Nikko has 94 spacious guest rooms and suites over 5 floors. All rooms have a view of Lake Chuzenji, Mount Nantai, or the hotel garden. Guest rooms come with double or king-sized beds or twin double beds. Guest room facilities include a 55-inch LCD TV with satellite channels, Bluetooth speakers, a walk-in closet, a Nespresso coffee machine, a gourmet mini-bar (charged), and a porch. Housekeeping is available twice a day and in-room dining is available for a fee.
Private bathrooms have a Japanese-style layout with a double sink, a rain shower, and a separate bathtub. Bathrooms are supplied with fresh towels and Asprey Purple Water bath amenities which include shampoo, conditioner, soap, shower gel, hand and body lotion, and fragrance.
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Breakfast & Dining
The Ritz-Carlton, Nikko has two restaurants: the Japanese Restaurant and a Western style restaurant called the Lakehouse.
Breakfast is served from 7.00 to 11.00 in the Japanese Restaurant with a choice of a Japanese or Western style breakfast. Last orders for breakfast are at 10.30.
The Japanese Restaurant is also open for lunch (between 12.00 and 15.00) and dinner (between 17.00 and 21.00). This restaurant specializes in gourmet kaiseki course meals, but sushi courses, and teppanyaki grilled food are also available. Private dining rooms are also available.
The Lakehouse is open for lunch (between 11.00 and 15.00) and dinner (between 17.00 and 21.00). This restaurant serves an international menu featuring grilled fish or beef, pizza and pasta, soups, cheeses, and fresh fruit and vegetables from the fields of Tochigi.
The hotel bar also serves light meals and snacks along with its extensive drinks menu which includes a fine collection of Japanese and international whiskies, original cocktails, local craft beer and non-alcoholic beverages. The bar is open from 16:00 to 22.00 with last orders at 21.30.
Light meals, drinks, and afternoon tea are also served in the Lobby Lounge which is open from 11.00 to 17.00.
Other Services & Facilities
The Ritz-Carlton, Nikko has a 24-hour front desk with multi-lingual staff speaking Japanese, Chinese and English.
Check-in time is from 15.00 and check-out is by 12.00.
Complimentary Wi-Fi access is available throughout the hotel.
Laundry, dry cleaning, and ironing services are available for a fee.
The hotel spa has indoor and outdoor natural mineral baths separated by gender, though individuals and couples may also book a private bath. The hydrogen sulfide spring water is said to be good for joint and nerve pain as well as general fatigue and acts as a natural moisturizer for the skin. The spa also has a sauna and a lounge area where you can relax after your bath.
The hotel’s fitness center is open 24 hours a day and fully equipped with weights, treadmills, exercise bikes, and stretching mats.
A wide range of tours, experiences, and outdoor activities can be booked at this hotel which include tours of Nikko’s UNESCO World Heritage sites, paddle-boarding or pack-rafting on the lake, Zazen meditation, a fire ceremony at nearby Chuzenji Temple, or a furoshiki (wrapping cloth) art experience.
The Ritz-Carlton, Nikko is located on the east shore of Lake Chuzenji. It is a 9-minute walk from the Kegon Falls and just 4 minutes from Chuzenji Onsen Bus Terminal. The bus terminal is about 50 minutes by bus from the JR Nikko and Tobu Nikko stations.
Article by Michael Lambe. Photos courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton, Nikko. All rights reserved.