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earth hostel : the riverhouse

Free full western breakfast included only when reserving on this homepage, (served until 10am).  Vegetarian & Vegan.  

Free Pickup service : 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 or Tobu Nikko station

•    6:30pm JR Nikko station or Tobu Nikko station

•    9:00pm JR Nikko station or Tobu Nikko station

–    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.

•    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

6 Rooms (28 person max capacity) :

1-2 Person Private in main building with futon, tatami & door lock

2-4 Person Private in main building with futon, tatami & door lock

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.

6 Person Mixed / Shared / Dorm Annex building(Train Car) with bunk beds, 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.

Swimming tubes, snorkels and goggles free to use for swimmin in the river at the hostel.

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

5 Day cancellation policy, full amount due 5 days before

Cash only (Yen) when you check-in

Open late-March to mid-November

English-speaking

opened spring 2009 (name changes, was Zen Hostel, SPACE riverhouse hostel & Nikko Hostel)

The hostel is directly on Black River. It is just a quick staircase to the beach. We have many swimming tubes, snorkels and goggles for guests to borrow.

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earth hostel on black river

 

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