Horseback trekking by Fuji: saddling up with style

17 Nov 2017 in On The Move

Release your inner-cowboy or cowgirl with a horseback trek through the falling leaves of Mt. Fuji’s forests!

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Picture yourself at the reins of a horse, winding your way up a mountain trail, with swathes of brightly-coloured foliage and the mighty Mount Fuji as your backdrop.

As you reach a wide, open plateau, you halt your horse and step down to admire the natural beauty of your surroundings over a warm drink and a hearty snack. This is the memorable experience offered by HOSHINOYA Fuji this autumn.

Horse ride in Japan

Montagnous region in Japan

Running from 1st to 20th November, the Fall Foliage Fuji Horseback Trekking program is a chance to explore the forests at the foot of Mt. Fuji and the spectacular plateau of Koyodai by horse.

Japanese horse tour

A one-hour trek takes you up to 1135m (3720 ft), where Koyodai offers commanding views of Japan’s most iconic mountain and the beautiful expanse of the woods of Aokigahara rising up its flanks. With autumn in the air, photo opportunities abound.

At the end of the hiking trail, afternoon tea awaits you. Staff from HOSHINOYA Fuji have prepared tables laden with fruit desserts, tea and other hot drinks.

Snacks for tea time in Japan

It’s a moment to take some time, unwind after your trek and soak up the sublime scenery.

Mount fuji without snow

The trek is open to those with little riding experience, as each session begins with a short lesson to get you familiar with your horse. You’ll soon discover that horseback trekking is great exercise for the whole body, as it solicits multiple different muscles.

Which give you all the more reason to enjoy your hearty snack at the end of the trek!

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