After a long day of sightseeing temples, shrines, and nature in Nikko, complete your day by staying at a traditional Japanese inn in Kinugawa.
You can get to the onsen (hot spring) by train.
From Tobu Nikko Station, take an eastbound train going toward Shimo Imaichi Station. Change trains there for Kinugawa Onsen Station.
From Asakusa Station in Tokyo, take the Tobu Nikko Line toward Nikko. Regular trains will take about two and a half hours. Direct trains from Asakusa Station to Kinugawa Onsen Station are available.
Note: The Tobu Nikko Line is not part of Japan Railways (JR), so the Japan Rail Pass will not be accepted here.
For centuries, inns have taken advantage of the clear, soft waters around the river Kinugawa, and built many hot springs in the area.
Travelers in those days looked to the river hot springs for a relaxing getaway. The hot spring inns here are still popular places to stay after a day of sightseeing in Nikko.
If you're looking for the full experience of a traditional Japanese getaway, make sure to make a reservation at a ryokan (Japanese inn). You'll get unlimited use of the hot springs, a night's stay, and usually dinner and breakfast as well.