Set within a UNESCO World Heritage Site just two and a half hours north of Tokyo, the Ritz-Carlton, Nikko brings a new level of luxury to the compelling destination.
Ritz-Carlton expands its luxury portfolio in the Asia Pacific region with the opening of the Ritz-Carlton, Nikko in Japan. The property – set amidst a UNESCO World Heritage Site – is located in the Northern Kanto region of Japan, around two and a half hours north Tokyo and accessible both by rail and car.
Nikko, and its surrounding area, has long been known as a holy place and was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its cultural, religious and architectural significance. The region features many natural treasures including the Kegon Falls, famous Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines. Perched along Lake Chuzenji and Mount Nantai, prominent scenic attractions are also easily accessible, as well as the UNESCO World Heritage designated area.
Nature takes centre stage in the hotel’s design, taking cues from its picturesque surroundings. It also blends modern Japanese design, earthy materials and natural lights. The hotel has 94 spacious guest rooms and suites that feature private balconies, which flow seamlessly with an engawa lounge area, offering an expanded space for guests to see the striking scenery outside.
Taking full advantage of its location within Nikko National Park, the hotel offers a wide selection of activities that showcase the unique attractions of its highland setting. From cycling through protected wetlands, to strolling through the precincts of centuries-old sanctuaries, meditating under waterfalls, ascending frozen cascades in winter, and more. Immerse yourself in local culture, as the hotel also offers the opportunity to master furoshiki wrapping, see a temple fire ceremony and enjoy the sounds of drums and Japanese flute at a sacred ritual ceremonial dance.
The hotel is the first Ritz-Carlton property to feature an authentic hot-springs experience in the onsen tradition. You can enjoy the spacious indoor and open-air hot spring baths, using therapeutic thermal waters drawn from the springs of nearby Yumoto Onsen that will rejuvenate your mind and body.
The Ritz-Carlton, Nikko features four dining experiences: The Japanese Restaurant offers all-day dining and showcase vibrant Japanese cuisine; Lakehouse uses fresh local ingredients for its Western dishes ; The Bar is a sophisticated cocktail bar that celebrates the culture, nature and spirituality of the ancient city; and the Lobby Lounge offers light bites and Afternoon Tea overlooking a picturesque garden. All restaurants advocate Japanese tradition and craftsmanship by using exclusively crafted pottery from GENDO or by traditional wood carving motifs created by the first female wood carving artist in the 400-year history of the shrines and temples.
Further enhancing the hotel’s meditative and spiritual setting, guests are invited to participate in a nightly meditation. Every day at dusk, the lobby area will be transformed into a place of spiritual respite, offering a moment to reset and appreciate the day that has passed. Upon departure, you will receive a sacred omamori (Japanese amulet) as a keepsake memento and a wish for safe travel.
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