Free WiFi

earth hostel ~ the riverhouse

Free Cancellation Book more than 15 days in advance for Free Cancellation.

493 Total Reviews
Perfect Location
Superb Staff
Fantastic Cleanliness

Property Description

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.

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.

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


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

You can hire bikes for 800 yen and cycle the road along the river and 250 cherry trees.

Check-in anytime from 4:00 pm to 11:30 pm / check-out before 11am

Cash only (Yen) when you check-in

open mid-March to mid-November


Reviews & Ratings

493 Total Reviews
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  • Location
  • Staff
  • Atmosphere
  • Cleanliness
  • Value for Money
  • Facilities

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Latest Reviews

Apr 18, 2024
Mixed feelings. Very chill & casual place. Perfect to meet people when full. Limited information provided by the staff about hikes & shrines Although remote the place is by a beautiful river in the nature Upon arrival, took me 15 minutes to tour the building until I could find a recently hired staff. Because of the low season I imagine. I wouldn't recommend that place to people staying 1-2 nights in Nikko. More for people travelling slow that want to connect with nature with chill casual social
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Male, 25-30
Apr 12, 2024
Scout was brilliant, really helpful and the breakfasts and Yaki Udon were delicious! We stayed in one of the private rooms, and it was wonderful to wake up with the sound of the river just outside. We met some really lovely people who were also staying there, very chilled out vibe. Thank you so much Scout for everything!
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Couple, 25-30
Mar 17, 2024
One of a kind experience at earth hostel! Scout went above and beyond to cater to an unforgettable stay. I didn’t want to leave. Great breakfast and dinner daily. He lead me to an evasive local hike that was pretty stellar in and of itself. Easy pickup/drop off into town to experience Nikko and the amazing temples. Scout talked me through the kinda tricky local two day bus ticket, which was a great help. Really, I cannot say enough good things. 10/10! No other place I’d stay in Nikko.
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Male, 31-40


  • Free

    • Linen Included
    • Free Parking
    • Free City Maps
    • Free WiFi
    • Free Internet Access
  • General

    • Security Lockers
    • Swimming Pool
    • Common Room
    • Bicycle Parking
    • BBQ
    • Breakfast Not Included
    • Adaptors
    • Book Exchange
    • Hot Showers
    • Self-Catering Facilities
    • Cooker
    • Fridge/Freezer
    • Utensils
    • Dryer
    • Outdoor Terrace
    • Reading Light
    • Parking
    • Hair Dryers
    • Safe Deposit Box
    • Microwave
    • Washing Machine
    • Towels Not Included
  • Services

    • Internet access
    • Laundry Facilities
    • Bicycle Hire
    • Towels for hire
    • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Food & Drink

    • Meals Available
    • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Entertainment

    • Wi-Fi

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