earth hostel ~ the riverhouse

  • Hotel B&B
    ( 5 reviews )

2254-7 Minami Okorogawa, Nikko, Japan

Vegetarian hostel on the site of a former Japanese onsen (spa). Offers a veggie pizza for dinner and vegan pancakes with fruit or muesli for breakfast. Formerly SPACE Riverhouse.

5 Reviews

First Review by Nancy Cadet

Great relaxing get away - Edit

This is an awesome B and B which is located in a fantastic rural area away from the main town. Scout (the owner) was amazing and does a fantastic job - providing vegan food options in the morning and the evening, as well as lifts to and from the main stations (TOBU nikko and JR Nikko). I highly recommend this to people wanting to stay somewhere away from the main town.

Updated from previous review on 2016-07-08

Pros: Very friendly owner, Accommodates Vegan food , Amazing setting

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Amazing hospitality,delicious vegan soup,and pizza - Edit

A great place to relax in a fantastic location with a view on the clear waters of the Kurokawa river. Check out the awesome drone footage at
There are many cherry blossom trees near the Spaceriver House that are in full bloom around this time of the year.The host Scout is very kind, helpful and knows all the good spots in Nikko and surroundings. The shuttle bus service from/to Nikko station is a great experience. The drive is very scenic and thrilling. He provides breakfast and dinner for vegans/vegetarians but you have to let him know in advance. He serves two types of delicious homemade pizzas and soup for dinner. I tried his vegan soup and it tasted awesome. Scout mentioned that all the vegetables are bought at the local farmer market. There is also a mini guest kitchen with hot plate and microwave available. For breakfast he serves vegan blueberry pancakes and cereals with soy milk,loads of fruits and rich, buttery Pecan nuts halves.

Pros: inexpensive, cozy atmosphere, great service, friendly host, free wi-fi, provides for vegans/vegetarians

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A Really Great Experience - Edit

Staying at this hostel was awesome. When you stay here, the service you recieve isn't like a hostel. It feels like you're staying at a very hospitable bed & breakfast, but paying the low price of a hostel, which is just amazing.

I called to tell Scout before I came that I was vegan– and after that he never once forgot. Many people who have hosted me in various settings in the past have forgotten about me being vegan, but Scout never did. I appreciated so much never having to worry about that.

He adjusted all the food he was offering to others at the hostel to my needs. He made me two days of awesome vegan pancakes with nuts for breakfast (nuts in Japan are expensive!) and gave me really delicious muesli with soymilk one day, all for free. I also ordered a personal veggie pizza from him one night. He makes it entirely himself, and it too was super delicious and satisfying.

On top of all the great food I recieved from him, the hostel itself is extremely nice. I slept in the 8-person room with bunk beds. Everything- the pillows, the blankets, the mattress- were so comfortable! I slept great. He will provide blankets, sheets, and a pillow for your for free! You can also request a towel to use also free.

The common room inside on the second floor of the hostel is very spacious, quiet, and ambient. I really enjoyed spending time there. You can use the one Mac computer Scout has there in the common room for free. There is also free, easily-accessed high-speed internet everywhere around and inside the hostel, which was awesome!

Scout also, as other reviewers have said, offers plenty of maps for you to look at and use to plan your trips around Nikko.

In terms of the setting of this hostel, is very deeply set inside a foresty terrain with a large river on one side. For this reason, you have to wait for Scout to take you by car into the main area of Nikko. If you want to get your days started early, make sure to work out that (and your breakfast time) with Scout the day before. Otherwise you might end up waiting until around 11:00am before leaving with everyone else to go into Nikko and explore!

For a hostel, this experience was amazing. I was expecting so much less because of the price I was paying (only $35 a night) and the fact that it is supposed to be a hostel, but I was blown away. Thank you Scout!!

Pros: Amazing service- remembers you are veg*n, Free breakfast, internet, & sheets, Low price yet comfortable & high quality

Cons: Difficult to get early morning depart.

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Pure Hospitality & The Best Vegan Pancakes This Side of the Pacific - Edit

With a kind host and a clean, comfortable, and welcoming environment, my trip to Nikko was made all the more merrier at SPACE Riverhouse. Definitely going to try and make it back out there during the summer to swim in the river!

And a note on the vegan thing: I called ahead about my dietary needs/allergies and the host was very gracious about listing ingredients and coming up with alternatives. The blueberry vegan pancakes were better than the ones they serve at Ain Soph in Ginza!

Pros: Shuttle service to and from the station/destinatio, Assistance in planning itinerary/awesome recommend, Great location on the river

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Tranquil setting, great host, wonderful stay - Edit

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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