The name of the hostel was chosen for it’s brilliant location. Zen describes the beautiful nature in the area, and it’s a “hostel” for it fun and social aspects. We have a free shuttle to help you get here. Zen Hostel is truly “off the beaten path” withou rules, curfews or hidden fees.
No curfew, be free to take midnight strolls along the river and get lost in the Milky Way.
All rooms are Japanese tatami style (private rooms have locks on doors) with futons (free wifi internet and iMac in the common room) and include a full western breakfast. Heaters in every room with simple on/off switches; use as you like, no restrictions.
Every morning, sometimes twice, our free shuttle takes guests to UNESCO World Heritage (Toshogu Shrine, Futarasan Shrine, Rinnoji Temple, Shinkyo Bridge). JR Nikko and Tobu Nikko are a 25min walk uphill to the world heritage area. We drive over a mountain each morning direct to the world heritage area in the same amount of time. If you are looking to head off before the everyone else, you are free to ride the public bus or hire a taxi or we can even take you to the train station. The shuttle is a free service for guests to help them get Chuzenji / Senjogahara / Yumoto Onsen bus tickets and to save them from walking 25 minutes uphill in the Unesco tourist area.
Snorers have to sleep in the private annex riverside rooms and are absolutely not allowed in the mixed room in the main building unless your reservation is with the other 3.
Traveling with children? Read the rooms page here >
after 4:00 pm check-in / before noon check-out / payment in yen (credit card machine used only for no-shows)