¥10,000 for 2 people.
¥12,000 for 3 people
¥14,000 for 4 people
These annex rooms were converted from Japanese train cars.
Checking-in : Free shuttle from 4pm to 11:30pm
price is ¥7,000 for 1 person, ¥8,800 for 2 people.
¥500 charge each to use a bike (there are 4 bikes)
an area surrounded by nature on the riverside with a lounge overlooking the river.
Free wifi internet everywhere (optic fiber connection) including the beach, the open air lounge, common room, private rooms and annex rooms. There are also iMacs in the common room.
Full western breakfast included.
in an amazing remote location on a river in what was a Japanese hot-spring inn. There are no souvenir shops and no city lights. Only stars, trees and mountains. You can swim in the river (KuroKawa 黒川) at the hostel and short hikes are nearby.
In the morning, we take guests to the Unesco World heritage area. Guests can come back whenever they like (at different times from each other) and be picked up at either of the two stations I mentioned above.
All rooms are Japanese tatami style with futons. All private rooms have locks on doors.
Western Breakfast is included. Free internet in the common room. Bikes for hire for 500 yen for the length of your stay.
Although, we are not walking distance to any train station or world heritage Nikko, we have a free roundtrip shuttle to Fubasami station on the JR Nikko line and Shimogoshiro station on the Tobu Nikko line and a Free morning shuttle to the UNESCO World Heritage (Toshogu Shrine / Futarasan Shrine, Rinnoji Temple & Shinkyo Bridge).
Rooms : All rooms include breakfast & roundtrip transportation to and from Fubasami on the JR Nikko Line and Shimogoshiro on the Tobu Nikko Line and morning shuttle to UNESCO World Heritage (Toshogu Shrine, Futarasan Shrine, Rinnoji Temple and Shinkyo Bridge).
Check-in time is between 4pm and 11:30pm.
Check-out before 12 noon.
Staying for biking, swimming, hiking after check-out is half the price of a night's stay.
You have access to the river for swimming and the riverside open air lounge. There is no curfew.
If you're planning to do other major hikes in the area or go to the Unesco world heritage area, I have lots of information and will help with questions when ever you need. If you're planning a big day out, it is best to chat together, at least about the options and choices in Nikko, the night before instead of during breakfast.
Beautiful, remote location set on the river.
There are places to eat nearby and a nice hiking trail 600m upstream at one of the cafes. The roads are good for leisurely bike rides. We have 4 bikes to rent. There are minor shrines within distance and an amazing waterfall about an hour away on bike.
We're not in the tourist part of Nikko and only accessible via car or our free shuttle from the 2 closest train stations to the hostel;
Fubasami station on the JR Nikko line or Shimogoshiro Station (no phone at this station so call before you get on the train.
Call before you board the train so that we can meet you at the pickup station. We can’t pick up at JR or Tobu Nikko.
Taken a short trip to Nikko and stay Scout's place.
He's a very accommodating host.
Call him on Tobu-Nikko Station, and I'm surprise to see him once we reach Shimogoshiro station as he's been waiting for us.
And Scout take us all the way back to Nikko Town the next morning.
The room was great! We love it, will return if I'm back to Nikko.
We stayed in the annex at Zen Hostel for one night and had a great time. After visiting the UNESCO world heritage area in the morning it was easy to reach Scout and he promptly picked us up at the station nearest the hostel. The room was clean, comfortable and had a great view of the river below which we went swimming in twice! In the morning we were served a large and delicious breakfast.
Good for people who want to escape the busy tourist areas and enjoy nature. Would love to visit again.
I really enjoyed this converted box car.
Great place to relax and Scout is very accommodating. Will be returning.
If you want to hang out on a river and have delicious breakfast and tea and not leave the general hostel location, then this is the place for you. If you want to get out of the hostel and into Nikko before 11am you may have a problem. We had a hard time getting information from Scout regarding the Nikko area. He also took us to the train platform at the wrong time... a mistake that almost cost us our flight out of Japan. Be aware that the private annex is a train car with the sliding doors has no insulation and can get VERY cold despite the heater and generous blanket layers.
That said the beauty of Zen Hostels location can not be overstated. The river is stunning and the building, though dilapidated, has buckets of character. With some repairs... particularly to the bathrooms which have no temperature regulation on the showers and a staff of more than one the Zen Hostel could be a wonderful place to stay.
Totality it's a lovely stay. And I would love to come back and stay here. Thanks
Scout gave us very precise indication to reach Fubasami station directly from Narita airport, and he came to pick us up at the station.
He has been a very helpfull and smilly host, despite the fact that he got a late reservation for a group at the same moment. We slept in the annexe, so the only noise we could hear were the river sound =)
The first day he brought us up to the bus station so we were able to take the bus up to Chuzenji Lake, and pick us up at the train station when we were back. And the second day, Scout gave us a ride up to the World Heritage Site. So finally, the quite isolated location of Zen Hostel was totally compensated by Scout's disponibility to drive guests around.
We (my brother and I) stayed here for 2 nights and it was amazing. The first morning I opened the shoji door facing the river, I was totally blown away by the view. It's not in the center of Nikko, but not at all inconvenient. Scout was kind enough to pick us up from the train station and drive us to the town area.
He's also a great host, knows the area well, cooks a very delicious western breakfast, even made our futon himself. If you have any questions, you can just ask away. He's a really friendly and funny person.
I don't mind going back there to just kick back and relax, there are a lot of things to see and explore.
Beautiful location - not in the center of Nikko so ideal if you are looking for something away from the usual hotel scene. Scout has all the maps you'll need for walks way beyond the usual tourist day trip and he cooks a great breakfast! Swimming in the river after a hot day is a complete pleasure.
Scout is a fantastic host - responsive with emails, friendly, and makes a mean western-style breakfast! As the other reviews mentioned, the place is a bit out of town, which worked fine for us as we wanted a place to unwind after visiting Tokyo and Scout graciously shuttled us to and from the train, etc. around Nikko. The property is very unique - lots of interesting elements to explore! Beautiful surroundings, especially the river just in back of the property. As you're close to the mountains, it can get a bit chilly at night during the season. We waited until a little too late in the day to get in the river, so take a dip for us when you're there!