private annex riverside roomswimming area directly in front of the rooms
Private Annex Riverside (Train Car)
Private Annex Riverside (Train Car)

4 guests

1 room

4 beds


4 guests

1 room

4 beds


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About this listing

Shuttle service included. Full breakfast included (served until 10am).

Dinner available (order the day before) ; New York Pizza (1,400yen) or Vegan Vegetable soup (¥1,000).


Extra people: $37 / night after 3 guests
Weekly Discount: 10%


The space

These annex rooms were converted from Japanese train cars.

Free full western breakfast included, (served until 10am).

Free Pickup service : Call until 2 hours before times listed below to reserve (we only go if there is a reservation for each time listed)

•4:30pm JR Nikko station / Tobu Nikko station
•6:30pm JR Nikko station / Tobu Nikko station
•9:00pm JR Nikko station / Tobu Nikko station
-Later arrivals, pickup is Shimogoshiro station on the Tobu Nikko line or Fubasami station on the JR Nikko line.

•No curfew / No Lockout - enjoy the stars at night, hang out in the open air lounge area on the river, or take midnight strolls. There are no souvenir shops and no city lights nearby. Only stars, trees and mountains and a beautiful river. 

•Free wifi internet everywhere (from optic fiber connection) including the beach, the open air lounge, common room, private rooms and annex rooms. There is also and iMac in the common room.

Set amongst 250 cherry trees along the river.

You can hire bikes for 500 yen.  

Swimming tubes, snorkels and goggles free to use for swimming in the river at the hostel.

Check-in anytime from 4:00 pm to 11:30 pm / check-out before 11am, only guests reserved for the next night can stay around after 11 am


Guest access

You have access to the river for swimming and the riverside open air lounge. There is no curfew.

Interaction with guests

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.

The neighborhood

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.

Getting around

Mornings after Breakfast:

Shuttle departs from hostel to :
- catch Tobu bus to Kegon Falls, Lake Chuzenji, Ryuzu waterfall, Senjogahara, Yutaki, Yunoko, Yumoto Onsen (quick stop at convenient store to buy snacks for hiking is ok) or
- be taken to the Unesco World Heritage temple and shrines or
- checkout from JR Nikko station or Tobu Nikko station

Example Schedules :
Breakfast 5:30am, Shuttle departs 6am to catch 6:52 bus (important bus for peak seasons) / stop at Unesco, JR Nikko or Tobo Nikko stations
Breakfast 6am, Shuttle departs 7am to catch 7:52 bus / go to Unesco, JR Nikko or Tobo Nikko stations
Breakfast 7am, Shuttle departs 8am to catch 8:37 bus / go to Unesco, JR Nikko or Tobo Nikko stations
Breakfast 8am, Shuttle departs 9am to catch 9:37 bus / go to Unesco, JR Nikko or Tobo Nikko stations
Breakfast 9am, Shuttle departs 10am to catch 10:37 bus / go to Unesco, JR Nikko or Tobo Nikko stations
Breakfast 10am, Shuttle departs 11am to catch 11:32 bus / so to Unesco, JR Nikko or Tobo Nikko stations

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
May not be safe or suitable for infants (Under 2 years)
Check in is anytime after 4PM
Check out by 11AM

no curfew in the lounge area / pavilion riverside.
the common room only has lights out when anyone in the 3 rooms upstairs goes to sleep.



Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.

Safety features
Smoke detector
Fire extinguisher

2 nights minimum stay

53 Reviews

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Wöltje User Profile
November 2016
Great place by a small river. Scout is a very sweet host, who does everything to make your stay enjoyable! In winter a little bit cold in the cabins, but with the aircon you get it fairly warm! I would definetly come back!

Sue  & Tim User ProfileSue  & Tim is a superhost.
October 2016
Tim and I loved staying in our own private train carriage (an old goods wagon) It had it's own air con unit - which we needed for heating, a lovely view out over the river, and our own toilet attached to the side of the room. We found it comfortable ,warm and very quiet every night - important when you are older travellers. The foam mats under our futon made it very comfortable. The place was full of other travellers and we loved the range of friendly and interesting people we met there.They all included us in great conversations even though we were aware at times that we were much older than the other guests. It was about a 30 min drive out of town, but very scenic, and Scout made sure we made our bus/train connections. Nikko is a beautiful area with lots of things to see. Scout provided a great breakfast every morning and rang in for local Japanese meals to be dropped off for us when some of us didn't want the lovely vegan soup he made one evening. We had lovely soft ,large towels provided. Highly recommend.

Marla User Profile
August 2016
the location is very nice if you want to be away from the crowds. you are limited to certain times for shuttle rides to and from Nikko - that can end up dictating how you spend your day. The food provided was great! The common areas were very nice places to relax - both inside and out.

Maren User Profile
August 2016
We hat a great time in the traincarriage with pure and unspoilt nature around. Scout cared for us and served us a full warm breakfast and helped us with everything we needed. There is a hostel attached, so you can use Scotts shuttle services to Nikko. There are spacious common rooms where you can meet other travelers. And you can swimm in the river which is great in the warm summertime. Our 10 year old son was especially fond of our time at the riverside carriage. Scout is really childrenfriendly and took speacial care about our son.

Kathrin User Profile
July 2016
The accomodation is in a great environment, directly on the river and only very few Traffic in that area. Although begin of August the water in the river was quite cold but possible to have fun in the water. Scout was very supportive, hostile, kind and prepared a really good breakfast which differs every day. Overall the atmosphere in that Hostel was really great!

Maia User Profile
July 2016
Souts place has a great location right on the river which is beautiful and nice to swim in. He makes a great American breakfast - and was very helpful regarding our daughter's allergy. Also the shuttleservice is very good and makes the access to Nikko easy and smooth. Scout helped us out with maps and good advice, and we had a very nice time.

Susana User Profile
May 2016
Although we had many mails sent, we finally arranged our meeting time and he picked us up in time. No flexible times. The place is incredible wonderful natural spot. Formerly an onsen, I believe because of the bathrooms style. Scout is a skilled but dared driver, who knows his way in mountain road. He gives good advice about what to do and prepares nice breakfasts. We had already been travelling for 2 weeks in Japan, and surely this was not a Japanese type home, although we slept in tatami. He provides free lift to a Japanese restaurant, which seemed a private house which received guests previous announcement, where we had a wonderful dinner, as well as the pizza, Scout prepared for us the next night. It is an isolated place so must know that you have to fix your schedule to pickup pre arranged.

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