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SPACE riverhouse Reviews

Minami Okorogawa 2254-7, Nikko, Nikko, Japan

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119 Total Reviews
  • 92%Value For Money
  • 94%Security
  • 91%Location
  • 96%Staff
  • 95%Atmosphere
  • 94%Cleanliness
  • 92%Facilities

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The stay was the absolute highlights of my family’s trip to Japan. It's located in a building that was previously an onsen and it has a fantastic atmosphere and a spectacular location on the side of a mountain river. Great rooms and a cozy outdoor covered lounge area. The owner, Scout, is very serviceminded and must have superhuman multitasking abilities as he drives guests back and forth, makes amazing food and runs everything. A great experience of staying in the beautiful nature around Nikko.


I really liked the place because its located next to a nice river, and not in a crowded city. I could spend one whole day just playing at the river. the recommendations for my day trips were really helpful, and i was able to visit not only the nikko shrine and temple stuff but also the onsen and beautiful nature... in the evening i enjoyed lying under the warm kotatsu. the breakfast was so delicious, words can't describe that. i liked the tatami rooms and shoji doors, for me it was just perfect

  • 4th Jun 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Germany
  • Female, 31-40
  • (1 review)


scout the owner was keen to make our stay in Nikko memorable. He had much information to share and was happy to drive us to where we needed to go. His love of cooking was reflected in the absolutely brilliant breakfasts and his delicious pizzas for dinner. He even sent us on our way with some delicious cinnamon rolls. The setting beside the river is delightful, such a change from the traffic of Tokyo. A perfect place for groups to stay.


Space Riverhouse is the place to stay in Nikko, here are my reasons! Rooms- when we arrived the futons and bedding were made for us, beds were extremely comfy, very clean! Location - hostel is located close to all the UNESCO sites in Nikko, Scout offers free shuttles from the train to the hostel and to the shuttle bus locations free of cost. The best part of this hostel is the food, Scout makes some of the most amazing breakfasts and Pizza! Stay at this Hostel if you come to Nikko!


Staff was awesome and friendly, spoke english perfectly and was eager to help where he could. Shower took a little bit for hot water to come, but was hot and lasting when it did (2-5 minutes, I think issues at the time with water heating or just turned on), and there was no sauna/hot spring at the time.

  • 12th Apr 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Great experience. The hostel is a rather far from the Nikko area but the staff will get you there and give you clear instructions in how to get around. Excellent breakfast and beautiful views.


Had the best time!!


This hostel is one of the best. The place is far from the city but the atmosphere is really brilliant. It is located in the mountain and there are lots of cherry blossoms along the river nearby. You can see stars at night. Scout ( the owner) was very friendly and helpful.


We stayed in the adjacent room and it was wonderful! Had a great view! 3 of us stayed there, easily accomodates 4 comfortably (each w/own bed) The breakfast was delicious!!! Scout recommended a great local restaurant. Transportation provided to UNESCO & pickup from JR everyday. We will definitely be staying here again.


I can only say that you should visit the place at least once. The owner is the best maker of breakfast and pizza and way to kind.


The host Scout was one of the most accommodating, helpful people i have came across. The hostel is in a amazingly serene locations. He was constantly helping anyone and everyone whether it be with maps to plan out trips in the area or cooking super delicious food. He provides a wonderful breakfast and also has pizza he makes for dinner. If you buy something that needs preparations, he was there to help. Scout also did pickups and dropoffs to the train stations. Super place, i will be back.

  • 22nd Mar 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Mixed Group, 31-40
  • (1 review)


Great hostel! It's by the river, in a quiet area. Scout is very nice & make sure all his guests are comfortable & have all the information they need to enjoy their trip. Breakfast & pizza are really good. I think Scout has all the maps that you can get of Nikko so you'll never be lost & you'll be ready to go hiking !

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