“At the Nikko Hotel in Nikko we gained our first experience of a Japanese hotel owned and managed by a Japanese: and a very pleasing experience it was. The proprietor caters to both foreigners and his own countrymen; and in one portion of the hotel the rooms are Japanese fashion, and in the other European fashion, both being spick-and-span and as clean as a thrifty housemaid can make them. As we approach, a hurry and bustle about the portico is visible, and when we reach it two rows of merry little ladies all bows and smiles, and a sprinkling of men, with the proprietor, all help us to alight, who fuss about as if one of the most important events in history was just happening.
“The charge is 2-1/2 to 3 dollars a head per day, or 90 dollars a month. This includes everything. Hot baths all day and every day, lights, attendants, boots, three square meals, besides early breakfast (the chota-hazri of the East), also afternoon tea. The cuisine at this hotel was excellent only when compared to what one would expect in a small country inn, but really first-rate. The cook had evidently been highly trained by a European in all the more delicate minutia of his art, whilst the solid joys of the table were amply represented by the best salmon and salmon-trout, admirable beef, and first-class poultry. The beers and wines were very good, and the prices lower than we pay at a hotel in England.”
– On Short Leave to Japan, George John Younghusband, 1894
“The Nikko Hotel at Nikko, managed by Mr. Arai, is one of the finest in the Far East. Mr. Arai is a prince of hosts and a man who never grudges going out of his way to oblige a guest. This hotel is in a magnificent location surrounded by spacious grounds.”
– “The Hotels of Japan”, The Overland Monthly, January, 1910