Day 3 of Winter Travel in Nikko ~Nikko Kanaya Hotel, Kosugi Hoan Museum of Art, and Matsuyashiki~

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This article will introduce day 3 of my winter trip to Nikko. I started the day with breakfast at the historic “Nikko Kanaya Hotel,” then visited Kosugi Hoan Museum of Art, Matsuyashiki, and more.

Dates of Visit: February 18th-20th, 2018

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Breakfast at Nikko Kanaya Hotel

“Nikko Kanaya Hotel” first opened in 1873, and as Japan’s oldest resort classic hotel, it’s been designated as a National Tangible Cultural Property and Modernized Industrial Heritage.

I had breakfast in the main dining room, one of the highlights of the hotel.
Breakfast hours: 7:30am-9:30am

Spacious dining room
Spacious dining room

I was seated at a table by the windows.

Most hotel breakfasts are served buffet-style lately, but here they serve off of a classic menu, where you can choose an egg dish and drink.

Breakfast at “Nikko Kanaya Hotel”
Breakfast at “Nikko Kanaya Hotel”

Taking Photos of Various Places Around “Nikko Kanaya Hotel”

After breakfast, I puttered around the hotel.
I loved the retro styling.

Entryway
Entryway
Front desk
Front desk
Retro interior
Retro interior
Check-out is 11:00
Check-out is 11:00
Public space
Public space

The view out the window was beautiful.

Billiards room
Billiards room

Actually, I have several relatives in Nikko, so I ran into some of them who work at this hotel.
I made my reservation without reaching out to them, but apparently they noticed me on the guest list.
They showed me around the hotel, so I’ll introduce these other locations they showed me.

“DACITE” is the hotel’s bar. Since it is a bar, it typically is only open at night, but they let me see inside.

They have over 200 types of single-malt whiskey in stock.

An impressive lineup of alcohol
An impressive lineup of alcohol

They also had LP records.

LP records
LP records
Main dining room
Main dining room

I’ve already shown a picture of the dining room, but it’s surrounded by pieces of art too.

There’s a small eatery located next to the main dining room. When the building first opened this was the main dining room, but now it’s used mainly for banquets, conferences, parties, and the like.
The latticed ceiling was beautiful.

Eatery
Eatery

I also got to see other types of guest rooms.

Rooms
Rooms

There was also a skating rink. Apparently during the summer it’s used as a heated pool.

Skating rink
Skating rink

Exhibition Room “Time in Kanaya”
This exhibit features items and materials related to things and people from Kanaya Hotel’s history, spanning over 140 years.

Next was outside. The building in the front is the main building I’d seen so far, while the building in the back is a new building.

This building is the annex. It’s apparently the sister building to Fujiya Hotel’s “Hana Goten” in Hakone Miyanoshita.
The architects behind the buildings are siblings, so the designs are similar.

Annex
Annex

I typically choose my accommodations when travelling based on convenient access to sightseeing locations and the value of the facilities offered – the hotel itself doesn’t tend to matter much to me.
However, this time I stayed at Nikko Kanaya Hotel to experience the atmosphere of a “classic hotel,” and it was a nice change of pace.

Basic information on Nikko Kanaya Hotel

Address
1300 Kamihatsuishimachi, Nikko City, Tochigi
TEL:0288-54-0001
Check-in
3:00pm~
Check-out
11am
URL
https://www.kanayahotel.co.jp/nkh/