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2254 Minami Okorogawa, Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture 321-1353, Japan
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Ranked #3 of 110 Specialty lodging in Nikko
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 3 days ago
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 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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    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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Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
27 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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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Tokyo, Japan
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56 reviews 56 reviews
11 hotel reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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Bristol, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place is a hidden gem. Amazing location with the best swimming spot on the river - with "natural jacuzzi" spots to boot! Scout has really thought this place out. Super fast wifi, amazing hot showers, filling individually home cooked breakfast and great check out time. Scout really makes the effort to personalise your trip. Laid back yet attentive -... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Off the beaten track. Away from the crowds at UNESCO, but close enough to get there quickly and easily. I would never stay anywhere else in the Nikko area. Scout is a great host who is happy to help you plan your time in Nikko. If you are here to see some of the countryside and take in a few... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

My stay here was simply fantastic. I spent 4 nights here in April and it was the highlight of my Japan trip. The beautiful old building, comfortable, spacious rooms, great breakfast and stunning riverside location are only part of it. I've never met a hostel owner more friendly and eager to help you have a great time than Scout. Want... More

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San Antonio, Texas, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Set on a river in the mountains, the Zen Hostel is in a beautiful setting and quiet. The rooms are large and uncrowded. Included breakfast is huge and good. Tea and coffee are free 24 hours. Great location to start your hiking from. Scout is unbelievable as an owner/host. And this inn is known among the best traveled guests--who were... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

For me this was the best hostel I stayed in during my stay in Japan. There's something really relaxing and magical about this place. It's clean, pretty, spacious, relaxing, comfy, quiet and romantic. I was in a 4-bed dorm with more solo travelers. Never before was it so easy for me to connect with fellow guests. Everybody loved the place.... More

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New York
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013 via mobile

My wife and I spent two nights in a private room. The room was relatively large by Japanese standards. It had an excellent view through patio doors of the adjacent rocky river. The room is actually a converted container, tastefully renovated and separated from the shared hostel space, so we had plenty of privacy. The room has a private toilet... More

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new york city
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13 hotel reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

We stayed two nights at this lovely riverside guest house , with private rooms and dorms , lounge and fridge , tea kettle and spring water for guests. Our host, Scout, couldn't have been more helpful: lending us maps, picking us up at the train station, making wonderful pancakes and pizza for our first evening and the two morning meals.... More

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Address: 2254 Minami Okorogawa, Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture 321-1353, Japan
Location: Japan > Kanto > Tochigi Prefecture > Nikko
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We are a relaxing and exciting setting on your trip to the sights around Nikko, Japan.Almost everything is western style; beds, tables, chairs, toilets, baths and showers.There are Japanese style furnishings, if you like.There is space for 12, with this including a private 2 person room. ... more   less 
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