¥10,000 for 2 people
¥12,000 for 3 people
¥14,000 for 4 people
¥500 charge each to use a bike (there are 4 bikes)
a remote hostel in Nikko Japan, surrounded by nature on the riverside with a ambient chillout 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 2 iMacs in the common room.
Best western breakfast in the East and it's included.
Zen Hostel is 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.
Zen Hostel is not in the tourist part of Nikko and only accessible via our free shuttle from the 2 closest train stations to the hostel;
Checking-in : Free shuttle from 4pm to 11:30pm from; 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.
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.
Check the English train schedule, (website hidden)
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.
Can't recommend highly enough. Scout is an amazingly accommodating and helpful host, and staying away from the super-touristy part of Nikko is worth the small drive (that Scout is happy to make). The surrounds of the hostel are just beautiful, and the advice Scout gives regarding local hikes is very handy. I can't wait to come back and hopefully stay much longer.
Loved it. Great place, great guy, great food.
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.
True to its name the zen hostel is hidden away in the midst of lush green forest with a river running behind the hostel. We initially worried that it might be inconvenient (food/restaurants and access to the more well known touristy sites) but our host Scout did an excellent job catering to everybody's different needs and travel schedule. We stayed in the annex room with a brand new air conditioning/heating unit and separate toilet so we had privacy and stayed warm and comfy through the night. Scout's tips and help with our travel plan were also invaluable, we can feel that he genuinely wants us to experience the best of Nikko in the short time we were there. Our only regret is not spending enough time exploring the area around the hostel. Ohh .... And try not to visit Nikko on a public holiday/long weekend! Unless you like 5 hour bus rides (ask Scout for details).
Scout was incredibly hospitable and helpful and all round nice guy.
The Nikko area is amazing and am so glad I made the trek from Tokyo. Still have not seen anywhere near all there is to see really want to go back..
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.
Scout runs a hostel out of a re-purposed former onsen. That means awesome tatami style rooms, a great lounge area, and showers that are located in the old bathing lodge. Scout was a great host and makes a killer breakfast. I would definitely do this again.
Scout's place is a very nice former onsen that has been converted into a hostel. We stayed in an annex room, which is a nice private room with bathroom, built in a former freight train car. The room is clean, cozy and comfortable. The location is amazing, on a riverside in a middle of a forest. You can have a bath in the river and go walking around. A very good restaurant can be found at approximately 4km. Note that the place is quite isolated, so you need a car to go everywhere, or you have to ask Scout to give you a ride.
Great place to relax and Scout is very accommodating. Will be returning.