Nikko apparently shuts down, as in it is difficult to find an open restaurant after 8pm, early. This in mind we believe we've arrived early enough to have time to wash our clothes and still get out early enough to get a feed. We'd tried to limit how much luggage we had to carry by only, only, having enough changes of clothes for about 5 days. Some travellers can get by with less, some more. Our 5 or 6 days were up and we were in need of a laundry. Luckily we found one on the drive into town.
The laundry had a rack of magazines and manga and the ubiquitous vending machines. I had a can of sickly sweet hot coffee.
The laundry also had sneaker washing machine. I've never seen something like that before. It looked a little like a microwave. Maybe it was the dryer?
Most the time there we had the place to ourselves except for a young guy who put on a load of washing and a woman who came to use a dryer. It was a quiet Friday evening in Nikko town. It was just on dark when we finished drying and shrinking our t-shirts. Time to look for something eat. Of course Michelle hadn't just been sitting around flicking through magazines and looking pretty while washing machine and dryer were doing there thing. Michelle had been researching restaurants in the guide books. We had a couple of options for dinner. Now all we had to do was find them.
If you're looking for a coin laundry in Japan go to Google Maps and look for your hotel. Then search for コインランドリー . This means coin laundry. If you're in Nikko the address of the laundry we went to is:
Japan 〒321-1413 Tochigi Prefecture, Nikko, Aioicho, １８−３
Hopefully this is a link to a map.