Hostel on the site of a former Japanese onsen (spa). Not 100% veg but when you order in advance, the English-speaking host will make a veggie pizza for dinner and vegan pancakes with fruit or muesli for breakfast. Formerly Zen Hostel. more-less


First Review by Nancy Cadet
Nancy Cadet
Nancy Cadet
  • vegan

Tranquil setting, great host, wonderful stay

5 Posted on 10 / 20 / 2013

location: on riverside in Nikko . The host will pick up/drop off guests at train /bus station for Nikko UNESCO sites & national park. Has private rooms & bath or dorm beds. Well heated, also has air con.

Food & ambiance: with advance notice, owner Scout will prepare veg-topped pizza, vegan pancakes & provide muesli , soy milk, fruit, yogurt. A lounge, tea kettle and green tea always available for guests. We stayed two wonderful nights, took advantage of host's excellent advice & maps for seeing the area, both town and national park, and one evening brought back vegan meals from Nikko restaurant Asian Garden: dal, curry, salads, nan. Site is perfect for JR pass holders, tourists and hikers. It's not on Main Street of Nikko, so be prepared for pick up/drop off in town, which worked well for us.
Updated from previous review on Sunday October 20, 2013

Pros: Beautiful greenery & river, Friendly English speaking host, Warm, comfortable rooms


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Last updated: 2014/03/12


Added: 2013/10/19


Added by: Nancy Cadet