Nikko park in Japan: an ideal spot for stargazing

Nikkō National Park located on Japan’s main island – Honshū – is considered to be one of the most beautiful parks in the country. It is also the only one to span over more than 3 prefectures: Tochigi, Gunma and Fukushima. The Oku-nikko region is renowned for being the best spot for observing the sky.

Mountain and lake view in Japan

It is a marvellous place for all stargazers and starlovers, because the site is equipped here with telescopes that can be connected to your smartphone. Therefore, this technology will allow you to record these moments forever in your photo library.

Luxury hotel room with panoramic view in Japan

However, the Nikkō region has other advantages! It is a place to focus on during the summer for those looking for moderate temperatures. The altitude – 1300 metres – provides some freshness and ensures the body  does not overheat when the mercury rises above 30°. Lake Chūzenji is nearby and also an area to visit during the summer. Situated at the foot of Mount Nantai, it is popular with the Japanese, because it is one of the few natural lakes at this altitude and it has a direct view of the mountains.

Beach summer in Japan

Hoshino Resorts KAI Nikkō is a perfect place to enjoy this sublime region. This cosy resort with only 33 rooms has a breathtaking view of the lake and Mount Nantai, and allows guests to take full advantage of the bountiful nature, inviting you to go on long walks conducive to calm and chilling out. The absolute must and very fashionable thing to do when on the premises: indulge in a foot bath on returning from your walk, facing the lake, while enjoying the delicious crushed lemon or raspberry-flavoured ices – produced in the region – which the Japanese delight in during the summer.

Japanse traditional Ice cream

Japanese wine, a treasure to be discovered

You may not believe it, but Japan is a wine-producing country. 370,000 hectolitres are produced annually over a total surface area of 30,000 hectares of vineyards, the majority of which however is earmarked for growing table grapes.

Vines from Mie Ikeno japanese domain

The Yatsugatake region, located between the Nangano prefecture in the North and the Yamanashi prefecture in the South, boasts land suitable for wine production. The vines are planted in a mountainous area, and benefit from ideal sunshine and temperatures, which are both cool in the morning and hot during the day; the perfect conditions for the vines to flourish. Did you know that the most cultivated variety is koshu, a berry with white flesh and thick pink skin that has good resistance to occasional very humid weather conditions during the ripening period?

Wine production has developed so much that even the French are interested in it! Denis Dubourdieu, a wine grower, professor of oenology, and a renowned consultant has produced a vintage called Shizen in the Yamanashi region, which will enchant all you wine-lovers with its clear colour and its aromas of flowers and white fruits. And although wine tasting is fun, its production is just as interesting. How about learning more and discovering this fascinating world, as Hoshino Resorts RISONARE Yatsugatake offers you the opportunity to meet a producer and a cellar master in the heart of the vineyard.

Only half an hour away from the hotel, you can experience a unique moment with these professionals who will share their expertise and knowledge with you. They will explain the effects of the wind, the surrounding mountains, and the richness of the soil, so that finally the wine that you are drinking is no longer a mystery to you.

Japanese wine tasting and Japanese gastronomy

Wine cellar of a luxury hotel in Japan

So that you can explore this further, Hoshino Resorts RISONARE Yatsugatake provides a tasting room exclusively for you to enjoy the wine in the best possible conditions; going so far as to offer you different glasses, including one created by the designer Mie Ikeno. All you have to do is to simply choose the one which suits you the best!

The Japanese chef has designed a local menu to taste wine and vegetables

And for you to savour this moment of pleasure, the chef has designed a menu for wine pairings entirely made up of vegetables all from the local area, so as to be consistent with nature and the environment. The dishes pair with delicate white wines with good acidity and rather floral notes. To prolong this unique experience up to the end, you can get some recommendations from the hotel shop to slip into your luggage as a souvenir. The question is: are you ready for the discovery?