Private Riverside Annex

Chalet - Private room · Minami Okorogawa, Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture 321-1353, Japan
Your host, Scout
10 Reviews
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The Space

¥10,000 for 2 people.
¥12,000 for 3 people
¥14,000 for 4 people

Checking-in : Free shuttle from 4pm to 11:30pm

These annex rooms were converted from Japanese train cars.

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.

English speaking.

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

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.

Room type: Private room
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 0.5
Beds: 4
Extra people: $20 / night after 2 guests
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $610 /week
Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Moderate
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • Scout was super lovely and always went above and beyond in recommending sights to see, driving us and cooking delicious breakfasts.

    We stayed in one of the private annex rooms overlooking the river - what a view ! The futons were very comfortable, it wasn't too hot or cold in our experience, and spacious for two people. I couldn't recommend this place enough. Would definitely be my first choice for accommodation if/ when I go back to Nikko.

    Cheers !
    Charmaine and Annaliese

    July 2014
  • Incredible spot along the riverside in the beautiful mountains of Nikkō...Scout is a great host who is very helpful and knowledgable of the area for planning your day's activities around Nikkō whether it be hikes or visits to the Unesco World heritage sites you're interested in. Not to mention he cooks great western breakfasts and delicious home cooked pizzas made to order that really hit the spot after a long day's hike.
    My room was one of the two cool converted train cars and was spacious and quite comfortable.
    Almost wary to give too good of a review because I don't want too many people to find out about this gem of a place and then again I do so this place will flourish for years to come for my next visit...cheers Scout!
    I will be returning to the Space riverhouse on my next visit to beautiful Nikkō

    March 2014
  • 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.

    November 2013
  • Loved it. Great place, great guy, great food.

    November 2013
  • 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).

    October 2013
  • 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.

    July 2013
  • Scout's place is great! It's in the middle of nowhere, exactly as we'd hoped. We really wanted to get out of Tokyo but not stay in Nikko and this hit the spot. The location is beautiful. The mountain water is clear and clean and drinkable. The trees and nature are a splendid change from the big city. We stayed in the private annex so we had a room all to ourselves. We had a bit of a bug problem one night as they seemed to be getting through the cracks around the screen door, but other than that the beds were comfortable and the atmosphere was nice. The common room is a great place to meet people and hang out. We never had one of Scout's pizzas, but we saw others eating them and they looked great. Scout shuttled us to Nikko every day and picked us up at the train station afterwards. Just the drive to Nikko was fascinating. Scout knows everything about Nikko and the surrounding areas. He can recommend great hikes, waterfalls, and places to eat. He's an invaluable resource and can provide you with maps as well. Our only regret is that we didn't get to swim in the stream!

    July 2013
  • Great place, amazing breakfast and beautiful location. Swimming in the river is a must.

    Scout was very helpful; when we arrived we didn't have any cash and the nearest ATM wasn't working and he kindly lent us money for dinner at the local restaurant and translated the menu for us.

    The hostel is quite secluded so it took us a little more time to get there than we thought, but it's worth the effort.

    June 2013
  • Our family of three really enjoyed our stay with Scout at Zen Hostel. The river and forest surroundings were a soothing way to shake the jet lag and Scout's big breakfasts, trail info, and ride to the trailhead got us into the woods. A big thanks for your enthusiasm and great service!

    April 2013
  • Great place to stay near Nikko! Scout was helpful in every way, sharing his experience of the area with us. Great breakfast!

    April 2013
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