23 Apr 2019 in In immersion
So many ways to enjoy your stay. Nearly all with views of Mt. Fuji!
From the town of Kawaguchiko, it’s a short bus or taxi ride to HOSHINOYA Fuji’s lakeside reception area. Here, you’ll be given everything you need for the resort’s signature glamping experience: a headlamp, binoculars and a flask.
Choose your style of backpack, and you’re good to go! A jeep will lead you up a steep road into the forest.
HOSHINOYA Fuji is set on a tree-lined hillside, spread over terraced levels linked by stairs. At the main desk, you’ll be served a welcome drink before being guided down to your “cabin”: a simple yet luxurious room with bed, bathroom and a few extras that put the glam into glamping (Bluetooth radio, mini-bar, etc.).
The “wow” factor begins the moment you step into your room. Mt. Fuji is right there, towering above Lake Kawaguchi in all its grandiose glory, a picture-postcard image dominating your cabin through the huge south-facing window. The entire cabin is centred on this view, including the bath.
Your large balcony is fitted with a sofa long enough to lie down on: perfect for watching the sun rise or set over Japan’s highest mountain.
Time to get into the swing of things – quite literally, as you’ll be swinging an axe to chop wood! HOSHINOYA Fuji offers a number of fun activities that are all about the great outdoors. Even kids can have a go at log-chopping by hammering wood through a protected blade.
Gather up your chopped wood and throw it on the bonfire on the Cloud Terrace platform, just a flight of stairs away. The bonfire crackles away here all day from 7am to 10pm.
You’re free to roast marshmallows or help yourself to coffee from the adjoining Library Café. There’s even a selection of coffee table books in English.
Why not help yourself to some seasonal sweet treats from the afternoon snack table, such as cherry blossom jam in the spring or chestnuts in autumn.
And then relax in one of the hammocks strung up between the trees or lie back on a chaise-longue sofa. At night, these are prime spots for some outstanding star-gazing.
If you’re in the mood for pre-meal nibbles, you can smoke your own nuts, sausage or fish.
Choose from a range of woods chips to flavour your smoked food and then wash it all down with a Japanese whisky.
You’re in for an exquisite outdoor dining experience at the Forest Kitchen. No need to worry about the cold: if the mercury’s dipping, you’ll cosy up under a kotatsu heated table. Using a gas stove, a “Glamping Master” (member of staff) will help you cook your own gourmet dinner.
Expect several courses, all with hearty mountain ingredients, such as venison, wild boar and seasonal vegetables served up in fusion style (smoked salmon and gyojya garlic, venison with sansho pepper).
Back up to the Cloud Terrace for a concert: half an hour of live music from a different performer every night.
Tempted by a nightcap around the bonfire? Then choose from a wide range of Japanese whiskies at the popup TAKIBI bar.
Yes, it’s an early rise, but the morning is the best time to catch Fuji cloud-free. You’ll be driven down to Lake Kawaguchi to take to the water in a canoe.
And with a little luck, you’ll get to contemplate the mythical image of Fuji reflected in the water!
Back in your room, breakfast is served on your balcony. Under the gaze of Fuji, you’ll fuel up on freshly-baked bread, seasonal jams, yoghurt, omelette and sausage.
Time to discover your surroundings!
If you’re feeling adventurous, you can trek through the foothills of Fuji on horseback. From the Aokigahara Jukai forest, you’ll ride up to 1165m (3822 ft), where the plateau of Koyodai offers commanding views of Fuji-san.
If hiking is your thing, you’re spoiled for choice. From just near the resort, a forest path leads up endless switchbacks to the Shindou Pass, where you’ll be rewarded by stunning vistas of Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi.
Alternatively, simply relax at the resort. Make your own pizza lunch at the Cloud Kitchen, an outdoor space among the trees complete with a wood-burning stove.
Then lie back and linger over the picture-perfect views of Japan’s most iconic mountain.