“The first hotel to combine a classic ryokan (traditional Japanese inn) with occidental comfort, and paying tribute to the owner’s grandfather’s love for whiskey, cigars and chocolate, each of the 40 rooms has its own onsen (hot spring bath).”
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Hotel Description

Built in 1931 by John Kanaya, this is Japan's oldest Western-style hotel. Located in the heart of the renowned Kinugawa Onsen resort, it faces the mountains and the Kinugawa River. Besides a private onsen in most guestrooms, there are also two large communal onsen, complemented by kaiseki cuisine showcasing seasonal and local ingredients, and an art deco cigar lounge.

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Hotel Facilities & Highlights

Kinugawa Kanaya Hotel highlight
The Hot spring at Kinugawa Onsen was discovered in 1691. At the time, the land belonged to Nikko Shrine, and thus could only be used by feudal lords or monks on pilgrimage to Nikko. The spring is classified as alkaline hot spring; its odorless waters are gentle to sensitive skin.
Kinugawa Kanaya Hotel highlight
Kanaya offers classic Japanese cuisine, based on the traditions of kaiseki dining combined with some Western elements. The menu changes monthly and features locally sourced seasonal ingredients. You have your choice between the two menus for dinner upon advance request.

Your Host & The Team

Joji KanayaJoji Kanaya
“I grew up watching my grandfather, Senji John Kanaya, bustling about and putting his life’s work into modernising Japan’s hotel industry. Even now, I cannot forget the year 1977 when he passed away, just before the opening of our hotel. Inspired by his vision, I continue his legacy to evoke traditional Japanese hospitality with Western comforts to my guests.”

Joji Kanaya – Carrying on the Family Legacy

Joji Kanaya comes from a long lineage of leaders in the service and hospitality industry. His grandfather Senji “John” Kanaya (who himself was the grandson of Zenichiro Kanaya, founder of Japan's oldest resort, the renowned Nikko Kanaya Hotel) was a charismatic man who grew up in a Western environment. After training at a succession of first-class hotels, John became the first president of the Kinugawa Onsen Hotel and then founded the Kinugawa Kanaya Hotel. As chairman of the Japan Hotel Association, John helped modernise Japan's hotel and tourism industry and is remembered as an industry legend.

Carrying on his grandfather’s spirit and vision, Joji Kanaya continues to offer world-class facilities and services combining the best of both Japanese and Western cultures. Joji and his family have continually updated the hotel to suit the times while remaining true to Kanaya's management philosophy, fusing the relaxed atmosphere of a private villa with the convenience of a contemporary hotel. Today, the Kinugawa Kanaya Hotel is a one-of-a-kind resort where amenities, such as traditional common baths built from ancient Japanese cypress and elegant cigar salons exist side-by-side.

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Total number of rooms: 40
Annual closing:
open all year

Time zone: (GMT+09:00) Tokyo
Currency accepted: JPY
Credit cards accepted: Visa, Mastercard, American Express, JCB, Diners, UnionPay
Electricity voltage: 100V
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By train, from Askusa Sation (Tokyo), take the Kinu Tobu Limited Express (2hrs) until Kinugawa Onsen Station. The hotel is across the station.
Nearest Airport: Haneda Airport - 165 km
Nearest Railway Station: Kinugawaonsen Station - 0.5 km

1394 Ohara Kinugawa Onsen Nikko, 321-2522 Tochigi, Japan


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