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earth hostel : the riverhouse

Breakfast (served until 10am), Lunch and Dinner all available for purchase.  (Vegetarian, Vegan or Gluten-free)  

Free Pickup service for checking-in and returning: send a message until 2 hours before times listed below to reserve (we only go if there is a reservation for each time listed)

•    4:30pm JR Nikko station (bus stand 1a) or Tobu Nikko station (in front)

•    6:30pm JR Nikko station (bus stand 1a) or Tobu Nikko station (in front)

•    9:00pm JR Nikko station (bus stand 1a) or Tobu Nikko station (in front)

–    Late arrivals, pickup is Shimogoshiro station on the Tobu Nikko line or Fubasami station on the JR Nikko line.  For later than 9pm arrivals, please arrange a time with us a day in advance.

FREE morning drop-off Shuttle service from the hostel.

•    5am to 11am drop-off at JR Nikko station, Tobu Nikko station or the Unesco world heritage area.

•    No curfew / No Lockout –  enjoy the stars at night, hang out in the open air lounge area on the river, or take midnight strolls.  There are no souvenir shops and no city lights nearby. Only stars, trees and mountains and a beautiful river.

•    Free wifi internet everywhere (from optic fiber connection) including the beach, the open air lounge, common room, private rooms and annex rooms.  There is also and iMac in the common room.

Dinner available from the kitchen (need to know by the day before) or nearby restaurant.  Check the menu >

Mornings after Breakfast:

Shuttle departs from hostel to :

– catch Tobu bus to Kegon Falls, Lake Chuzenji, Ryuzu waterfall, Senjogahara, Yutaki, Yunoko, Yumoto Onsen (quick stop at convenient store to buy snacks for hiking is ok) or be taken to the Unesco World Heritage temple and shrines or

– checkout from JR Nikko station or Tobu Nikko station

5 Rooms, beds for 26 people.

4 Person rooms in main building with bunks is sometimes the same as > 1 to 2 Person Private in main building with futon, tatami & door lock, 2nd person can be added in the reservation form.

4-6 Person rooms in main building with bunks

3-4 Person Private Annex Riverside train car with futon, tatami & door lock

3-4 Person Private Annex Riverside train car with futon, tatami & door lock

8 Person Mixed / Shared / Dorm in the main building, bunk beds, tatami and lockers available in the main building.  ABSOLUTELY no snorers allowed unless they’re part of a group that reserved the WHOLE room.

Set amongst 250 cherry trees along the river.

You can hire bikes for 500 yen.

Check-in anytime from 4:00 pm to 11:30 pm / check-out before 11am, only guests reserved for the next night can stay around after 11 am.

Check-in early, Check-out late or DAY USE between 10am to 4pm, fee is ¥1,000 per adult and ¥500 per child (6 -17 years old) for overnight guests. Day use for Non-guests is ¥1,500 per adult and ¥500 per child (6-17 years old)

2 week cancellation policy, 1st night amount due, 2 day policy to cancel following nights.

English-speaking : Open late-March to mid-November : was Zen Hostel, SPACE riverhouse hostel & Nikko Hostel

The hostel is directly on Black River. It is just a quick staircase to the beach.

earth hostel view of the river
earth hostel the riverhouse Nikko Japan
earth hostel on black river
Cliff Jumping
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River Swimming
The hostel is directly on Black River.  It is…
Secret River Lagoon
a bike ride away is this surreal swimming area.
the river in front of the hostel

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