Atmosphere, location and service: unmatchable. This place is unique to Japan for sure. An interesting and well managed hostel where the focus is on your experience as a guest. The owner really cares about the hostel and the wider Nikko area, and it feels like it is a genuine pleasure of his to share both with those who pass through.
The hostel is amply comfortable and benefits from great facilities including a unique shower room, high speed internet, books and local guides, instruments, chill out zones and common areas both indoor and outdoor, rental bicycles, and of course river swimming. The outdoor lounge is a real winner. With no neighbours you can play music until the early hours and mingle with the other guests, with the sound of the rushing river in the background. There is no curfew, but no compromise on comfort. A good night's sleep is valued here and the music doesn't carry indoors, where there is plenty of space to do your own thing.
With regards to your desires in the area the owner couldn't be more accomodating yet perfectly laid back about things. The service includes lifts to and from literally anything you want to do in the area. The owner has thorough local knowledge of everything from the Unesco world heritage sight to more off piste and quite unique local attractions including more beautiful swimming spots.
Included in the price is a delicious home-cooked breakfast where again the owner doesn't disappoint. A super chef, don't miss out on his pizza made from the best local ingredients.
The hostel is remote, consider that when thinking about food. The owner will gladly shuttle you to one of a number of local family-run spots for something delicious but the opening times are reflective of the kind of area the hostel is in.
The number of fellow guests who extended their stay beyond original plans is testament to the place, and there is also so much to do in Nikko.
I'll be returning. This place is perfect.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a relaxing and exciting setting on your trip to the sights around Nikko, Japan.Almost everything is western style; beds, tables, chairs, toilets, baths and showers.There are Japanese style furnishings, if you like.There is space for 12, with this including a private 2 person room. ... more less