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749 Yunishikawa, Nikko 321-2601 Tochigi Prefecture
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#7 of 163 hotels in Nikko

If you’re looking for a luxury ryokan in Nikko, look no further than Honke Bankyu.

For those interested in checking out Heike Hunter Village (1.3 mi) while visiting Nikko, Honke Bankyu Hotel is a short distance away.

Rooms at Honke Bankyu provide a refrigerator and air conditioning, and getting online is easy, with free internet access available.

In addition, Honke Bankyu offers a hot tub and breakfast, which will help make your Nikko trip additionally gratifying. And, as an added convenience, there is free parking available to guests.

If you are looking for a nearby place to eat, Honke Bankyu Hotel is within walking distance of Yakiniku Yamamichi (0.2 mi), a popular restaurant in the area.

If you’re looking for something to do, Yudonosan Shrine (0.4 mi), Hachiman Shrine (1.2 mi), and Heike Ochiudo Minzoku Shiryokan (0.8 mi) are a nice way to spend some time, and they are all within walking distance of Honke Bankyu Hotel.

The staff at Honke Bankyu looks forward to serving you during your upcoming visit.

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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Hot bath
Banquet room
Gift shop
Breakfast available
Complimentary tea
Non-smoking hotel
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Air conditioning
Flatscreen TV
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Smoking rooms available
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Jun S wrote a review Dec 2019
Tokyo Prefecture, Japan3 contributions
Honke Bankyu is one of the best Onsen-hotel I have ever stayed. The onsen-bath was very clean and beautiful, outside-bath(as you know it is Roten-buro)was just nearby a river the name is Yunishigawa-river. Dinner was perfect, very delicious, so many kinds of Washoku dishes were served. Above all, a grilled Iwana-fish was good. The Iwana-fish was grilled in a Irori, Irori is a Japanese traditional oven. Breakfast is also Japanese style, many kinds of Sansai-foods(as you know they are blesses of mountains)were served.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
simonc762014 wrote a review Oct 2019
London, United Kingdom679 contributions101 helpful votes
We were so apprehensive about staying here. Having read all the reviews of how difficult it is to get here and how remote the location is we decided to take the plunge and travelled by three trains and a bus from our previous hotel in central Nikko to get here. The journey was a breeze, each train ran on time and there was only a 5 to 10 minute wait between each train and bus to get here. Similarly the journey on the way back was just as effortless. Upon walking up towards the imposing building from the bus stop we knew we had reached somewhere quite special. It was off-season, so relatively quiet and the little village just outside the ryokan was just charming and made for a great stroll despite the heavy rain. The hotel and the rooms are incredibly atmospheric and beautiful, so much history everywhere - this is a truly traditional ryokan that drips with history and intrigue. The dinner here was just mind-blowing....maybe one of the best meals I have ever eaten, all served in a beautiful, intimate dining room with attentive and smiling staff. Presentation of the food along with the variety and taste should be applauded. The breakfast was sadly only average and needs some more western varieties added to it's selection. The rope bridge across to the dining room is lit up at night and looks stunning and the onsen was also excellent. I'm so glad I chose to go off the grid slightly and discover this beautiful place. Admittedly it is too far for the main sights of Nikko, but if you have an extra day to spare, this is a place and an experience that cannot be missed. Thoroughly enjoyable and relatively good value for money too, if you get a chance to stay, just do it - I cannot see how you would regret staying here!
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Date of stay: July 2019
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Robin S wrote a review Sep 2019
55 contributions28 helpful votes
This ryokan is not near the attractions of Nikko, but it is worth coming here. Plan carefully on how to get here. It is located in a small town that you can walk around leisurely for a day, no more. There is a small museum that is interesting, but the sign is in Japanese. Ask the ryokan staff about the location. It’s a few minutes walk from the ryokan. Dinner was a feast and a great date night with my wife. You walk over a historical bridge over the river to the restaurant. Beautiful private dining rooms over hot ashes. We had venison, chicken, wagyu beef and a lot of other food. I can’t explain well, so I’m attaching photos. The food just kept coming. Breakfast is a small buffet, but after a big dinner, you won’t want to eat so much breakfast. The ryokan is made of strong wood and it makes you feel like you are in old Japan. The rooms are big and the futons are comfortable. An amazing experience!
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Date of stay: September 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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RealOlawo wrote a review Mar 2019
Hamburg, Germany27 contributions2 helpful votes
The Honke Bankyu was our last stay befor we went back home. Even so it takes quite some time to get there from Nikko (it takes two hours by train or bus) it was worth it. The hotel is perfekt for relaxing, we completely forgot the world outside. Unfortunately the public onsen was closed due to high water in the rver after typhoon. But we got a privat onsen for free instead. The highlight was the dinner in the dining room on the other side of the river. You have to cross rope bridge in your Yukata (traditional Japanaese indoor dress). We were sitting ourund a fire place and had a perfekt Kaiseki dinner with Sukiaki, grilled fish, Sashimi and much more. You should tast the warme sake from bamboo pipe. We didn't want to leave the next morning. The countryside surrounding the ryokan are very beautiful as well.
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Date of stay: November 2018
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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TravediaID wrote a review Mar 2019
Tokyo, Japan66 contributions36 helpful votes
This place offers rich and unique experience of authentic Japan. 800 years ryokan with interesting history background. comfortable accommodation, superb kaiseki dining, relaxing and various options of onsen. my most favorite part this hotel is superb view from our room, facing the river, vine bridge, and ice wall (only on winter). they also offers great hospitality adjusted to each of our preferences. best time to go? during the kamakura matsuri. will be expensive, but worth!
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Date of stay: March 2019
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USD 376 - USD 473 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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JapanKantoTochigi PrefectureNikkoKinugawa Onsen / Yunisigawa Onsen
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Frequently Asked Questions about Honke Bankyu
Which popular attractions are close to Honke Bankyu?
Nearby attractions include Heike no Sato (0.5 km), Takafusa Shrine (0.4 km), and Yudonosan Shrine (0.7 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Honke Bankyu?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a spa.
Which room amenities are available at Honke Bankyu?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Honke Bankyu?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, breakfast, and complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at Honke Bankyu?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Honke Bankyu?
Conveniently located restaurants include Aizu-Yatofu, Heike Soba Shioya, and Yakiniku Yamamichi.
Are there any historical sites close to Honke Bankyu?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Yunohana Theater (12.6 km) and Futaarayama Shrine (12.6 km).
Does Honke Bankyu have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.