2301 Takakuotsu Michishita, Nasu-machi, Nasu-gun, Tochigi-Ken, Japan
The world of Japanese country inns can seem an impenetrable thicket to foreign visitors, thanks to the language barrier, the obscure locations, and the arcane traditions. Even the traditional Japanese architecture gives little guidance to Westerners not schooled in deciphering the buildings’ spatial grammar. The Niki Club & Spa tackles that last problem, cracking the code with a key that’s familiar to boutique hotel devotees the world over: modernist architecture.
At its inception in 1986 Niki Club spanned a mere six rooms, but it’s the recent addition of a 24-room Sir Terence Conran–designed wing that’s put the resort on the map for international travelers — though the contrast between the two phases is, in the end, a subtle one. Standard rooms in the Conran wing are laid out like studio apartments, while the Maisonette rooms are split-level, with the bedroom in a lofted upper floor. Meanwhile the cozier 1986 wing features three twin and three double rooms, and its original six Japanese-style rooms are undergoing a renovation.
The dining room and the library bar are housed in the original wing, while the new expansion is home the Garden restaurant and the international-style spa; onsen aficionados find the traditional baths in the old wing, and the woodland baths, the outdoor hot springs alongside the river, are not to be missed. Viewed on its own, it’s a unique take on the Japanese onsen resort experience; or as an introduction to Japan’s country inns, it’s a perfectly accessible hybrid.
How to get there:
From Tokyo or Sendai station take JR Tohoku Shinkansen express to Nasu Shiobara Station (75 minutes). A complimentary shuttle bus from the train station to Niki Club runs three times daily and takes approximately 30 minutes. Shuttle Bus Departures from JR Nasu Shiobara Station are 12:55, 2:55, 4:55 and need to be confirmed with the hotel at least one day in advance.
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- 18 Rooms
- Style: Cutting-Edge
- Atmosphere: Secluded
- Niki Club
- 2301 Takakuotsu Michishita
- Nasu-machi, Nasu-gun, Tochigi-Ken, Japan
Hotel amenities and services
- Central air conditioning
- Free parking
- Free wi-fi
- Room service