Hostels in Nikko are becoming more and more popular with young people traveling to one of Japan's most famous tourist destinations.
Both of these Nikko Hostels are highly rated by guests:
Nikko is home to the Toshogu (東照宮) complex, Japan's most ornately decorated Shrine and home to the mausoleum of the founder of Japan's last Shogun family, Tokugawa Ieyasu's. Construction began in 1634 and, with 15,000 artisans working on the project, was complete in 1636. It is part of UNESCO's World Heritage List.
Nikko is also famous for Futarasan-jinja Shrine (二荒山神社), which was built by the Buddhist priest Shodo Shonin in 782. The shrine is dedicated to Nikko's three sacred mounts - Nantai, Nyotai and Taro.
When I went to Nikko in 2001 with some friends, we didn't want to pay hotel prices and looked for a cheap place to stay. Fortunately, the popularity of Nikko with young travelers, both Japanese and foreign, has led to establishment of several youth hostels in the town.