The hotel lies between two train stations, with about 1,7 km to each station. It is difficult to find even on the Internet maps, because it is only written in Japanese. That fact makes it difficult to find out how to get there as well by train. We were quite tired after riding various trains for 8 hrs. The surrounding area is mountainous and green with a white river close. We came just before sunset and saw this Soviet style building from a distance, but when we came closer, the hotel looked rather pleasant. We were exhausted and hungry when we came. The check in went smooth and one man in the reception spoke a bit English. The futons where already made on the floor, but the bed sheets were not clean and we had them exchanged. The room was silent and quite large, with a balcony facing the Onsens and the stream/river. We were looking forward to have some dinner after freshening up in the Onsen. On the way down to the Onsen I passed the restaurant on the second floor where dozen Japanese people ate sukiyaki, which looked tasty. The Onsen interior was tasteful and I enjoyed it very much, even though I was tired and hungry. I went up to the reception and asked if we also could eat sukiyaki in the restaurant because it was only partly occupied, but the answer was no! 😟 Instead we were directed to the hotel tavern. One would find more and tastier dishes in a gas station. The portions were small and rather tasteless. I had to still my hunger with beer instead. Luckily I had a meal bar in my suitcase for situations like this. We slept nicely on the futons and had an early Onsen in the morning (it opens a 5 am). We ate breakfast in the restaurant where we earlier were refused to go to. The breakfast was served at the table and was good and tasty. When we checked out, we asked in the reception if could buy the robe, because it could be a good memory of the Onsen. Sadly, the answer was again no. However, before we left we got a small wash towel. We then walked back with our suitcases to the station, just to discover that the train we were supposed to take, didn't stop at our station. If we would have known, we would have had a short visit of the World Square or gone down to the river. I wish we could have seen more of the Nikko area, because it is very beautiful even in bad weather. I don't know if I would stay here again, but it deserves a second chance.
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