Hotel Nikko

Call 01242 547 914 to speak to a specialist Enquire

Why we like it

  • Located on Honshu's west coast, fringed by the Sea of Japan and a backdrop of snow-capped Japanese Alps
  • Hotel Nikko is Hokuriku's tallest hotel and offers the best views of the city
  •  Eight restaurants and bars leave you spoiled for choice
  • Nearby attractions include Kenrokuen Garden, The 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art and the Higashi Chaya geisha teahouse district
  • Perfect as both a summer and winter destination 

A&K Top Tip

Time your visit with Hyakumangoku Matsuri Festival which takes places over the first weekend in June. The highlight of this festival is hyakumangoku gyoretsu, a colourful parade of fire dancers, acrobats and warriors through the city's main streets.

Guest Testimonial

All our guides have been charming and so helpful - the itinerary has been ideal for the time we had. It has been a fabulous holiday and a very memorable experience.

- AR, Derbyshire

Hotel Nikko Kanazawa is located on Honshu's west coast, fringed by the Sea of Japan and a backdrop of snow-capped Japanese Alps. Kanazawa, or Little Kyoto as it sometimes known due to its population of authentic working geisha, is just a 2 ½ hour shinkansen ride from Tokyo. Overlooking the city from 30 stories high, Hotel Nikko reflects the history and traditions the region is reputed for. All 254 guest rooms display archetype Japanese interiors interspersed with examples of local craftwork from Kaga-yuzen silks and ceramic art to intricate metalwork. When it comes to dining, there are eight restaurants to choose from;our favourite is Benkay, a simple sushi bar located on the 6th floor overlooking a charming courtyard garden.

Kanazawa has an abundance of places to explore and visit. We recommend a trip to Omicho Market, the largest public market in the city and well known for its outstanding seafood. From Kutani porcelain production to Kaga-Yuzen silk-dying and sewing, the city has also kept alive a number of traditional Japanese crafts. The most famous being Kanazawa gold leaf which saw a rapid rise to fame during the Meiji Period. Today, the city accounts for almost the entire national gold leaf market share, so why not learn the secrets of the trade during a hands on workshop. Other interesting attractions in the region include Kanazawa Castle Park, Nomura Samurai House and the Yuwaku and Fukatani Hot Springs.

Useful info

japan map

Best time to be there

Spring (late March to April) for cherry blossom, early summer (May to early June) for warm sunshine, autumn (October to November) for sunny weather and spectacular colours.

Fly to

Osaka/ Tokyo Narita and Haneda (Japan Airlines, British Airways)

flying time

12 hours 30 minutes from London

time difference

GMT +9 hours


Not required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

No vaccinations required

Show more

Create a brochure

Order a brochure

Order here

Suggested itineraries in Japan

Luxury Small Group Journeys - Classic Japan 2016

Nights: 9 | from £5,879pp

Discover more

Immerse yourself in Japanese culture on this 10 night journey where you'll experience religious rituals, sample Kyoto's cuisine and learn the art of Zen meditation.

Japan, Hong Kong and the Ryukyu Islands Cruise

Nights: 15 | from £15,431pp

Discover more

Explore the rarely visited Ryukyu Islands, as well as Taiwan and Hong Kong, accompanied by an award-winning expedition team on L’Austral.

Classic Japan

Nights: 12 | from £4,877pp

Discover more

Journey through the heart of Japan, mixing its pulsating cit-ies with its ancient temples, age-old traditions, sacred is-lands, sake breweries, 20th-century tragedies and natural splendour.

Sushi and Sashimi

Nights: 11 | from £5,365pp

Discover more

Food, culture and history are intertwined in this unique destination: not for nothing has Washoku – traditional Japanese cuisine – been inscribed on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list. Immerse yourself in Japan’s flavours while exploring its ancient cities and temples for a fascinating insight into the national psyche.

Okinawa Beach Break

Nights: 4 | from £2,270pp

Discover more

For an extraordinary beach getaway, journey to the powdery white sands and azure waters of Okinawa, home to some of the world’s most beautiful marine life.

Luxury Small Group Journeys - Classic Japan 2017

Nights: 8 | from £7,535pp

Discover more

Experience the juxtaposition of fast-paced, neon-lit Tokyo and Osaka with the serene and culture-rich surroundings of ancient Kyoto

Highlights of Japan

Nights: 8 | from £4,825pp

Discover more

Japan has a wealth of treasures, but if are short on time and want to cram as much as possible into your time in this intriguing country, this whittle-stop tour of cultural gems is the solution.

Colours of Japan

Nights: 10 | from £5,110pp

Discover more

This 11 day itinerary highlights the beautiful colours of Japan, from ancient temples framed by the confetti like blossom of cherry trees to the fiery Autumn leaves (koyo) of gingko and maples.

Wonders of Japan 2017

Nights: 12 | from £13,123pp

Discover more

Experience scenic, compelling Japan, visiting unique ports and rarely seen wilderness areas in luxury on board exclusively chartered L'Austral.

Onsens & Snow Monkeys

Nights: 2 | from £840pp

Discover more

Visit the Snow Monkey Park where red-faced Japanese macaques or snow monkeys can be seen bathing and relaxing in volcanic hot springs.

Other pages you might be interested in...

Call 01242 547 914 to speak to a specialist Enquire

Meet the Orient & Indian Subcontinent Team

Frame image

Annie, Brandon, Debbie, Margaret, Vicky Smith, Lynne and Rachel - are experts in designing travel experiences across the region to suit your personal needs, interests and budget.

Read more

Sundowner Magazine



Sign up to our news letter

Escapes routes - e news