Checking-in : Free shuttle from 4pm to 11:30pm
These annex rooms were converted from Japanese train cars.
¥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 11am.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This was my first visit to Nikko, Scout's provided clear communication & information for our arrival. Accommodation was as described, gorgeous location and view. Catered to our needs tirelessly. Provided shuttle service from arrival to departure, as well as to restaurants & attractions.
Also, he is an amazing cook. Daily breakfasts were a great way to start our days. Pizza was just what we needed after hiking through the snowy mountains.
The communal sitting area in the main house provided a welcoming environment for all guests to share the stories from that day.
Scouts place was like going to a luxurious camping place. We stayed in private annexures and it had a heater, lights, private toilet and awesome views of the the flowing creek - so cosy!! Scout was an excellent host and a great cook - breakfasts were wonderful and filling! Scout was very flexible and happy to drop us in town, also gave great tips and helped us plan our days. Also has a great sense of humour :-) This was our first time using Airbnb and couldn't have asked for a better experience.
Space guest house is in a beautiful location, and Scout goes out if his way to get you to the sights. Scout is also very helpful and attentive making sure people are comfortable and have good information. The breakfast is fantastic, and for an American he makes good coffee.
This place is the best! If you are planning on going to Nikko (and you should be) stay here!
We stayed in one of the private riverside annex rooms - just amazing. The view from your room is more stunning than the pictures show, plan on spending some of your stay just enjoying it. The outdoor lounge is this great space, so close to the river, for eating your meals, having a few drinks and listening to music or just the sound of the river.
Swimming in the river was one of my best moments in Japan, so if it's warm enough don't miss it.
Getting there is easy, Scout provides an amazing service by picking you up from the station, dropping you off at bus stops etc.
Scout is quite a cook, he makes a really delicious breakfast, we both loved it - great start to the day. for dinner, if you plan it in advance with Scout, he can make you pizza (for a good price). One of the best I've had. Otherwise there's a nice cafe just up the road.
Thanks Scout, our stay was definitely a highlight!
We spent a few days at Scout's place near Nikko with our kids. As kiwis we take access to nature for granted but having lived in Tokyo for the last year we really needed to find somewhere we could go just to get away from it all. Scout was a great host, picking us up from the train, taking us to store to get supplies on the way back to his place and dropping us off at Nikko Station to catch the sightseeing bus and picking us up again at the end of our day. Breakfasts were out of this world, and on the last night we availed ourselves of his pizzas which were equally brilliant.
Our kids enjoyed just chilling out in the river, having a bonfire on the bank for lunch one day and even seeing a snake....
While no 5star establishment, it is a great place to escape the hustle of Japan's big cities or to experience Japanese nature. With Scout dropping you off wherever needed you loose nothing by staying further away from the main tourist areas. Our kids are already talking about going back so no doubt we will visit again in due course.
Loved it! Scout picked us up from train station and our kids (4 and 6) spent pretty much the next 24 hours in the river swimming - they want to move there! and then Scout drove us to our next destination - easy! thank you!!
This place is amazing! A huge room, private & lockable, with a cool breeze coming in off the river (as well as the sound of the rapids to sleep to). Plus, Scout has to be one of the most attentive & helpful hosts I've ever met. He picks up everyone from the station when they arrive, drops them where they need to go each morning, and in our case, even chased down the bus up to Lake Chuzenji when we missed it by only a minute.
The food was fantastic there too. One night he took us all to a restaurant just up the road that's open only occasionally. Fresh trout from the river, amazing chicken & fresh homemade udon & soba noodles. One of the best meals we had in Japan. And Scout's breakfasts each morning were fantastic - just the thing to kick off a day's hiking.
Can't recommend highly enough. Next time we come to Japan we'll get a bus directly from Narita to Nikko to stay here again.
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check-in anytime from 4pm to 11:30pm, New York style pizza for 1,400 yen (I need to know the day before so that I can get fresh veggies).
I run a remote hostel in Nikko Japan, surrounded by nature on the riverside with a lounge overlooking the river.