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Zen Hostel

2254 Minami Okorogawa, Nikko 321-1353, Tochigi Prefecture
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

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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Tokyo, Japan
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13 hotel reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
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

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014 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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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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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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Address: 2254 Minami Okorogawa, Nikko 321-1353, Tochigi Prefecture
Location: Japan > Kanto > Tochigi Prefecture > Nikko
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 3
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