The Ritz-Carlton, Nikko

A culture-rich nature retreat

About 2.5 hours north of Tokyo, an exhilarating ride through the Iroha Hills and its hairpin turns will bring you inside Nikko National Park, the mountainous region of Oku-Nikko, and The Ritz-Carlton, Nikko. Overlooking Mount Nantai and located on the eastern shore of Lake Chuzenji, this stunning property not only offers a hotel, but natural hot springs, a spa, unique outdoor activities and local cultural and culinary delights amid unspoiled nature.

Choose from 94 spacious hotel rooms and suites, all with a view of either the lake or mountain, which you can take in on your own traditional engawa, or porch. Many of the hotel's design aspects pay homage to its UNESCO World Heritage List backdrop, adding a bit of honored ancient history to the modern design. While there, bask in the glory of what was while enjoying the serenity of the landscape.

Our Inspector's Highlights

  • Many of the spa treatments utilize natural ingredients found in and around Nikko. Think a facial with sake lees and Tochigi-grown organic rice, a restorative ritual employing volcanic basalt stones and local spring water incorporated into everything.
  • Head to the main dining room, called The Japanese Restaurant, for a traditional kaiseki multi-course menu. These delicately prepared meals get served on ceramic dishes designed by renowned mashiko-yaki artists. Sushi is also available, including Nikko’s own yashio trout paired with soy sauce made from local ingredients and exclusively available at the luxury resort.
  • Relaxation isn't far. The oversized stone bathroom includes a Japanese-style soaking tub and separate shower. The experience is complete once you wrap up in the yukata robe, don a pair of slippers and use the Asprey bath amenities.
  • Don't skip the onsen, or natural hot spring. Reserve a private thermal pool and soak in the mineral-rich waters of Nikko. It’s best followed by a hot oil massage.
  • The hotel lays claim to a one-of-a-kind setting in Nikko National Park, where you can see everything from Kegon Falls to Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines. The year-round park offers endless activities, from ice climbing to hiking, all right in the Ritz-Carlton's backyard.

Things to Know

  • Like a traditional Japanese home, each room features a genkan, or foyer, where you remove shoes before entering the living space.
  • The room’s design draws upon the local Kanuma-kumiko style, a traditional Japanese art involving cypress wood carved and placed into intricate geometric designs using pressure instead of glue or nails. It's a delicate aspect that adds to the minimalist luxury of the hotel.
  • The Bar boasts an extensive list of Japanese whiskey, as well as brown spirits from around the world. Take in a dram and learn about local distillers or try a craft cocktail.

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2482, Chugushi, Nikko Tochigi, 321-1661 Japan
NRT (2 hr 50 min-3 hr 10 min)   HND (2 hr 30 min-3 hr)  
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