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Zen Hostel

2254 Minami Okorogawa, Nikko 321-1353, Tochigi Prefecture
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I found this place online searching fairly last minute. The hostel is very chilled out and rustic and the owner, Scout although quirky is passionate and inspiring. The room was good, the location was excellent, breakfast amazing (he even cooked us some Pizza's one night), local knowledge was thorough and the cliff jump was fun. If I visit Japan again... More 

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We fell in love with the pictures on the website but being here is even better. The weather has been hot (35c) so it's great for a dip in the river. Great host always looking for you to get the most out of your trip. Very caring for my daughters needs (vegetarian) and those traveling alone. Basic accommodation, great people,... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

The property is a former Onsen bath converted into a great hostel. The showers allow for free view of the river and are huge. I stayed in a dorm; beds were comfy. Toilets and showers clean. Breakfast included. Common areas allow for communication with other guests. The main gimmick is the remote location directly at a beautiful river. In summer... More 

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Tokyo, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

I have stayed here twice and I am planning my 3rd trip. It is a beautiful place in a spectacular location. I have stayed in the private rooms. These are really cool, they are big and have views of the river. Out side each room there is a toilet and washbasin. I have also stayed in the main house in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

I spent 3 weeks in Japan last October/November and my week stay at Zen hostel(space riverhouse) was the highlight of the trip. The location seemed a bit iffy, being pretty far from the tourist area of nikko, and with no viable public transport in the area to go there, but that was never really a problem due to the included... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014 via mobile

We read that Nikko is a daytrip from Tokyo, but believe me: you want to stay in Nikko a few days longer. We had the best time. Visited the shrines and the amazing nature reserve. Scout was the best host. Being the experienced outdoortype, he provided uswith all the good info. We swam in the river, had a shower-with-a-view, pet... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

From the time Scout welcomed us at the local railway station till he waved us goodbye, we had a great time at Nikko. Scout is in the process of giving new life to a run-down riverside onsen. (Blocked pipes = no onsen) He still has a long list of jobs to do - so some things are still a bit... More 

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Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Firstly..we agree with all of the positive reviews before us...we were so happy we found this place online and managed to stay 3 nights here (could easily stay more, just chilling with a book by the river, having some time out.) So we highly recommend a visit, I would have never expected to find somewhere like this in Japan -... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Just returned from one of the most relaxing weekends I've ever had. This place was great! Stunning location, up on the rocks by the river. Spacious rooms and great vibe. The owner was excellent and took care of all the little details to make sure we were all comfortable. Amazing breakfast each morning and you must must must order the... More 

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Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 via mobile

Atmosphere, location and service: unmatchable. This place is unique to Japan for sure. An interesting and well managed hostel where the focus is on your experience as a guest. The owner really cares about the hostel and the wider Nikko area, and it feels like it is a genuine pleasure of his to share both with those who pass through.... More 

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