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earth hostel ~ the riverhouse

Book more than 15 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Perfect Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Fantastic Cleanliness
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Property Description

Breakfast, lunch & dinner available for sale onsite or at a nearby restaurant. Vegan & Vegetarian available.
Free parking for cars and bike stand to lock you bike.

FREE Roundtrip SHUTTLE from (nights) to (mornings) JR Nikko OR Tobu Nikko stations for checkin (see train lines, stations and times below)

The riverhouse’s arrangement is social.
Fully stocked utensils in the guest kitchen upstairs in main building, if you prefer to cook for yourself.
Alcohol is available to purchase


FREE Pickup SHUTTLE service.
Message 2 to 24 hours before times listed below to reserve .
We only go if there is a reservation for each time listed.

Specify the color of you backpack!
Specify your choice of which train line & train station to meet at!

• 4:30pm specify JR Nikko station OR Tobu Nikko station
• 6:30pm specify JR Nikko station OR Tobu Nikko station
• 9:00pm specify JR Nikko station OR Tobu Nikko station

FREE 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.

–    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.

ABSOLUTELY no snorers allowed unless they're part of a group that reserved the WHOLE room.

You can hire bikes for 500 yen and cycle the road along the river and 250 cherry trees.

Swimming tubes, snorkels and goggles free to use for swimming 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

Cash only (Yen) when you check-in

From spring 2009, open mid-March to mid-November


(name change, was Zen Hostel) View House Rules

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 10.0

  • Security 10.0

  • Location 10.0

  • Staff 10.0

  • Atmosphere 10.0

  • Cleanliness 10.0

  • Facilities 10.0

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    10 Apr 2021
    It was a perfect vacation. Scott was very nice and kind. The breakfast was excellent
    Israel, Couple, 41+
  • 10.0


    09 Aug 2020
    This is a wonderful hostel set it a beautiful location. Great for couples, groups or solo travellers! Plenty of spots to swim in the river and a lovely outdoor area to chill out with a fridge stocked with beers. A short drive from the temples, shrines, hikes and waterfalls of Nikko, Scout does daily trips to ferry people around. He really does go above and beyond, cooking breakfast and dinner and even set the BBQ up for us one night! We’ll definitely be back
    England, Male, 25-30
  • 10.0


    02 Nov 2019
    Stayed at earth hostel for the first time and I can not recommend this place enough. Scout was very welcoming, and extremely helpful with supporting us to book our bus/train tickets. Scout went above and beyond with making us a western breakfast (best blueberry pancakes EVER), and he also made one of the best ramens I had in Japan. We had a private room which was very spacious and had a great heater. The room was very clean and the view was amazing. We can’t wait for our next visit already.
    Australia, Female, 25-30
  • 10.0


    06 Oct 2019
    Awesome free shuttle service, Beautiful location, Delicious food made by scout has breakfast and lunch. Gives great advice and will help on trip. Nice get away location. River is crystal clear.
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 10.0


    10 Sep 2019
    Hostel is located in a secluded, peaceful and very beautiful area of Nikko. The daily shuttles offered made it very easy to get to and from town, so there was no need to worry about getting around. The owner, Scout, also cooks delicious food, so meals aren't an issue. Scout is also super knowledgeable about things to do in the area, and was always willing to give recommendations to me and the other guests. All around great guy! Loved staying here - very therapeutic and relaxing! Would stay again
    Australia, Male, 25-30
  • 9.7


    16 Oct 2020
    We had a great time and Scout was amazing. I will 100% be visiting again!
    USA, Male, 31-40
  • 9.7


    24 Sep 2019
    I had a great stay at this hostel, and really enjoyed the fact that it wasn't in the main town, as it's quite small and doesn't have much going on at night anyway. The rides to and from the town in the mornings and evenings were great. Always right on time and as expected. The hostel itself is so unique - right by the river and lots of space. Scout is a thoughtful, observant, and passionate owner who will ensure you have what you need to enjoy your time in Nikko.
    USA, Male, 18-24
  • 8.9


    21 Oct 2019
    Scout did a great job of keeping everything running smoothly and helping everyone with tips and tricks for the area.
    South Africa, Male, 31-40
  • 8.9


    19 Oct 2019
    This one-man operation is smoothly run by Scout. I wish the weather would have allowed us to swim in the river (though some did), breakfast and dinner were yummy. Recommended.
    France, Female, 25-30
  • 6.9


    01 Oct 2019
    The hostel is in a lovely location based on the side of a river and is incredibly beautiful. However, the hostel itself is very basic and my bed was very uncomfortable. Unfortunately when I stayed there was only one other guest in the whole hostel so it was very quiet. The best thing about the hostel is the beautiful countryside it is situated in. Although it is far away from Nikko City and many of the tourist spots, the owner runs a shuttle into/ out of Nikko city at particular times each day.
    England, Male, 25-30
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  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free Parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Adaptors
  • BBQ
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Book Exchange
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Common Room
  • Dryer
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Hair Dryers
  • Hot Showers
  • Microwave
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Parking
  • Reading Light
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • Security Lockers
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Swimming Pool
  • Towels Not Included
  • Utensils
  • Washing Machine
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Shuttle Bus
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire
Food & Drink
  • Meals Available
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Wi-Fi