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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016 via mobile

Absolutely superb location! The river is supremely beautiful and there are plenty of opportunities for walks/hikes in the area. A superior service compared to any hostel I've ever stayed. Fantastic breakfasts and great flexible shuttles. The atmosphere was just perfect. Highly recommend!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2016

Enjoy a hostel which is much more than just a place to stay between day-adventures, this retired Onsen is set along a running river/waterfall (lovely sound to fall asleep to). While it's not an ideal location for exploring Nikko, the host offers shuttle services to and from the hostel each morning and night (several options available) and knows the ins... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2016

We went here on my birthday to escape the city life. Deep within the mountains of Nikko and nestled beside a calm river, this place offers an amazing retreat to was away your stress. We got one of the private cabins away from the main building. It has an amazing view of the river and a short hike away from... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

Amazing unique place! For the price, you can't beat the experiences. I have been to many 5-stars hotel all over the world, and I am very happy with the little hostel. The architecture of this hostel and the serenity of the location (next to a river) is an adventure in itself. The bathing facilities is like WHOA..I noticed multiple people... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

This is a great base for sightseeing in Nikko and the surrounding area. The hostel itself is pretty special and hard to beat. The design of the building will blow you away - there are gorgeous wooden scuptures, Japanese style rooms and artwork and even kotatsu (Japanese tables with heaters to warm you up after a day out hiking!). Scout,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015 via mobile

Stunningly beautiful location. Scout is an incredible host. So helpful and friendly. The coffee and breakfasts he makes each morning are the best I've had in Japan. The local food options are cheap, authentic and delicious. If you want to get out of the cities and explore Japanese nature on bike or by foot, stay here. I hope to be... More 

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Thank MattBellair
Omaha, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015 via mobile

This place offers a delightful experience, not only due to it's close proximity to incredible natural wonders, but in the great vibes of the hostel itself. Scout is a wonderful host; he went above and beyond to create a mystical experience for us in Nikko. He's created a truly unique and wonderful spot.

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015 via mobile

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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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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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 

Additional Information about Zen Hostel

Address: 2254 Minami Okorogawa | Space Riverhouse, Nikko 321-1353, Tochigi Prefecture
Location: Japan > Kanto > Tochigi Prefecture > Nikko
Price Range: $52 - $94 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
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