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Kanaya Hotel History House

1-25 Honcho, Nikko 321-1434, Tochigi Prefecture
+81 288-50-1873
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Fascinating and well laid out museum

This was an unexpected gem - really worth an hour, especially if you're at this end of town for... read more

Reviewed April 23, 2017
AandPC
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Bedford, United Kingdom
A wee overlooked gem in Nikko

I only noticed this site in passing - it's currently not listed in the Rough Guide or highlighted... read more

Reviewed May 14, 2016
MacyMck
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Approx.400 year-old house originally built for samurai warriors. After the Meiji Restoration, the house was turned into Kanaya Cottage Inn in 1873, exclusively a place for foreigners to stay during their visit to Nikko. The founder, Zenichiro Kanaya relocated the business in 1893 to open Kanaya Hotel, Japan's first western-style resort hotel. Thereafter, the house was preserved for over 140 years. In 2014 it was registered as a nationally-designated cultural property and opened to the public under the name of Kanaya Hotel History House.
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Apr 23, 2017
“Fascinating and well laid out museum”
May 14, 2016
“A wee overlooked gem in Nikko”
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1-25 Honcho, Nikko 321-1434, Tochigi Prefecture
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Reviewed 23 April 2017

This was an unexpected gem - really worth an hour, especially if you're at this end of town for botanical gardens or Imperial Villa. It's a well laid out and clearly labelled museum, and gives a feel for a beautiful classic Japanese house, as well...More

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Reviewed 14 May 2016

I only noticed this site in passing - it's currently not listed in the Rough Guide or highlighted in the tourist office. I was lucky when I visited in that there was a fluent Japanese speaker form Canada who could interpret for me, as the...More

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Reviewed 28 April 2016

The House is a traditional Japanese House of wooden construction and is like an old Samurai residence. This was where Zenichiro Kanaya offered Dr James C Hepburn, an American missionary, a place to stay and became the founder of the Kanaya Hotel.

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Reviewed 7 September 2015

This is not an amusement park! It's real!! The main section of the house was built somewhere during the late Edo period(1603-1868) and was originally a residence for a "Samurai", a true Japanese warrior, and his family. The house was extended and enlarged in Meiji...More

1  Thank ebilove
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