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earth hostel ~ the riverhouse

Book more than 7 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Perfect Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Excellent 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 9.5

  • Security 8.5

  • Location 9.0

  • Staff 9.5

  • Atmosphere 10.0

  • Cleanliness 8.5

  • Facilities 9.0

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    25 Oct 2018
    His shuttle service is on time or early and he coaches you on hiking and seeing sights, he wants you to have a good time and he knows the whole bus schedules and hiking times and good places to go. Breakfast is served at the perfect time depending on what you want to do with your day, and where you want to be when. This soup he makes everyone was raving about I wish I ordered some! This place has lots of space to sprawl around meet new people and being there for two nights not enough. Trust it!
    USA, Male, 31-40
  • 10.0


    23 Oct 2018
    Hostel is out of the town, but owner picks up and drops off as needed, without issue. Quite a social hostel. Nice location in countryside with river.
    New Zealand, Male, 25-30
  • 10.0


    18 Oct 2018
    A very secluded place from the rest of the city, an amazing owner takes care of everything that helped us plan the trip in Nico and made us use the best of this amazing city!
    Israel, Male, 18-24
  • 10.0


    14 Oct 2018
    The Earh Hostel - Riverhouse was easily our best stay during our 3 weeks in Japan. It is fairly remote, in the middle of nature, but with the Shuttle it's easy to get around. The atmosphere was very sociable, we met some cool people there and had nice evenings. The common areas are beautiful and cozy, the food Scout cooked was awesome and the private rooms were comfy. Showering in the old onsen was also quite special. And finally, Scout has some great taste in music :) He's an incredible host!
    Germany, Couple, 25-30
  • 9.7


    16 Apr 2019
    Scout bent over backwards for all his guests during my stay at earth hostel. He's extremely accomodating and spends most of his day working to help his guests have a great experience in Nikko. The hostel was clean, full of entertainment and in a great location. With great calibre of guests staying too. Highly rate and recommend!
    England, Male, 18-24
  • 9.7


    29 Oct 2018
    Even though it's in a remote location, the hostel is in a STUNNING area in the mountains. The owner takes you to and from the city centre so no worries there. If you're looking for a getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city, this is the place for you. Plus if you're not sure what to do in Nikko, just ask the owner. He has so much info to share and is happy to lend you maps. 10/10 would stay again.
    South Africa, Female, 25-30
  • 9.4


    18 Oct 2018
    I had such a great stay at the earth hostel! Scout helped me and my friend find great hikes and made us some great breakfast. We rated 2 nights but would like to have spent more. The atmosphere was great!
    Sweden, Female, 25-30
  • 8.9


    29 Apr 2019
    If you like nature, this is the best Hostel to stay. Incredible natural location! Breakfasts are very good. The host has a great knowledge of Hiking trails and natural touristic places, he is very helpful.
    Colombia, Male, 18-24
  • 8.9


    25 Oct 2018
    Great setting on the river. Breakfast and dinner was fantastic. Summer would be a great time to visit so we could have played in the water. The owner went out of his way to help us with planning and logistics during our visit. Great common space inside and out. Other guests were interesting and unique. We visited with our 10 year old son and really enjoyed our stay. Hope to see the onsen back up and running some day.
    USA, Male, 41+
  • 8.6


    29 Oct 2018
    The owner is a great guy who makes his best to answer guests' questions and advise them on hikes/pickup times. His soup is just on point after a day of walking around! Loved the communal space and the makeshift kotatsu - really the greatest invention. Would definitely stay again when I return to Nikko!
    Poland, Female, 18-24
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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