4 Fun-filled activities for your kids in the Japanese Alps

When you board the plane for Japan, your children cannot possibly imagine what a wonderful vacation you have planned for them. Here are 4 activities your kids are sure to love!

1 – Horseback riding for beginners:  The intimate relationship between the Kobuchizawa region and its horses has been going strong since the Sengoku era, when commanding officer Shingen Takeda used the region as an operating base during his conquest of the Shinano Province. The region still bears the marks from that era. This is why equestrian centres have chosen this place to share their historic love of horses with the public.

Horseback riding is taught in a unique way, based on the art of taming horses, understanding them and building a perfectly trusting relationship with them. This activity is accessible in just a 10-minute drive from Hoshino Resorts RISONARE Yatsugatake, and is sure to please the younger crowd. Ready to hop in the saddle, kids?

Tourist activities in Japan

2 – Playing cowboys in the middle of the forest: This equestrian centre lets young children dress up as cowboys and ride ponies like in the Far West to explore the surrounding forest. A fun-filled ride that your little ones will remember for years to come! Yee-haw!

Kids horse riding activity

3 – An elevated adventure on wooden logs:  In the forest, your children will be able to reach new heights as they discover the local fauna and flora. They will be safe with a guide and a harness as they launch into a wooden log course 5 to 7 metres above the ground. An original way to discover a mysterious and fascinating world. Do not miss out on this experience!

Family Japan trip

4 – Games and discovery in the heart of nature: Many other games in the great outdoors are available near Hoshino Resorts RISONARE Yatsugatake. They will learn about summer fruits and vegetables, and even pick them to prepare a fragrant curry that is sure to finally make them love their veggies!

And since the surrounding area has some of the most crystalline water in Japan, your children will be able to jump in the water, laughing as the current carries them to the next pier.

Natural Japan fun discovering

Are you ready for a holiday in Japan that your kids will never forget?

Sakura, the magic of a moment

Sakura is becoming one of the most familiar words to people all over the world.
Look down the street and you can see a number of restaurants whose name alludes to the cherry blossom.

Road in Japan with Sakura trees

The word Sakura specifies both the tree and flowers. There are two stages : the opening of the first blossoms “kaika” and full bloom “mankai” which is eagerly anticipated by the Japanese. The Japanese are very sensitive to the seasons, and are even more so during this brief time of the year, which depending on the weather only lasts for a few weeks. The first trees in bloom can be admired in the south of the archipelago in March, in the Okinawa islands where the climate is milder, and the last blooms can be enjoyed in the North up to the start of May, on the island of Hokkaido where the weather is cooler. So, why not come in spring and experience the beauty of cherry blossom in Japan?

Sakura cherry's boat trip in Japan

The blossoming of the cherry trees is a magical moment waiting to be discovered by you and with hundreds of varieties of tree throughout the country there are shades to suit everyone from white to pale pink to very intense pink. The most popular variety is somei yoshino whose flowers are adorned with five subtly shaded white petals tinged with pale pink. Kikuzakura is a variety whose flowers can have up to 100 petals. However, regardless of the colour or number of petals, the magic is still there, and no one can remain insensitive to the spectacle of these thousands of flowers provided by nature. Hoshino Resorts KAI Tsugaru, in the Aomori Prefecture is just the right place for admiring the cherry blossom.

luxury hotel onsen in Japan

To capture the moment, the Japanese meet in parks to admire the flowers, take photos of them, and picnic with family and friends. This is certainly the best way of enjoying sakura, the tradition of contemplating the cherry blossom, which is considered as a metaphor for life by the Japanese, beautiful and radiant, but also fleeting, hence symbolising our time on earth. Why not come and learn for yourself?

Sakura cherry's blossom in Japan

To enjoy this experience, why not have this once in a lifetime opportunity in Japan, and share the magic of the moment with your partner or your family? Get involved in a people’s passion for one of their oldest traditions. Get into it, follow the developments in blossom on the “sakura Zensen” weather reports, and be there at the right time to leave with a stunning photo which will forever ingrain the beauty of your visit on your mind. Better still take part in the Hirosaki cherry blossom festival, which has plenty of entertainment throughout the entire blooming period.

3 must-do trails in Japan

Discover an unspoilt and authentic Japan

Nature and fresh air are on the itinerary for 3 trails in the Mount Bandaï region in the centre of Japan. Why not find out for yourself?

Mount Bandai area for trail in Japan

Spring is the ideal season for enjoying a stay in natural surroundings in the Mount Bandaï region. The Hoshino Resorts Bandaisan Onsen Hotel offers a wonderful view of the mountain and Lake Inawashiro, but is also the ideal starting point for discovering unspoilt and real nature. So why don’t you come and visit?

Forest and woodland in Mount Bandai

3 trails are provided, all tailored to everyone’s tastes and physical fitness, so whether your requirements are sporty or family-orientated, you can find one tailored to your needs. Each route leads you into the heart of unspoilt and unimagined nature, you walk through winding trails which interweave between mountains and villages; a full immersion in this region abundant in 300 lakes and marshes which appeared after the eruption of the volcano on Mount Bandai in 1888. The bountiful nature conceals many sources of high purity mineral water, suitable for rice cultivation, but also for making the excellent sakes produced in the region.

Luxury Hoshino Resorts hotel veranda panorama

Mount Bandai hotel room

The first route is rather quiet and family-orientated, a path in a lush forest, whose colours in spring change from day to day: magic happens and the scenery changes completely. For lunch, you can taste one of the local specialities, Aizu sauce, which accompanies delicious breaded pork cutlets.

The second route for the more sporty is about 10 kilometres and beckons you to discover Tsurugajo castle, surrounded by a beautiful golf course, and then you can continue with a visit to some historic temples and shrines before finishing at local handicraft workshops and tasting the famous “Dengaku miso” (aubergines in miso) at one of the stands.

The last trail, which is 15 km long, leads you along paths traced by climbers 1,500 years ago between the cities of Aizu and Kitakata, a hike in the fresh air marked by a visit to Buddhist temples and shrines, but also soy sauce factories and sake breweries. And for lunch, why not try a bowl of Kitakata Ramen, one of the most famous dishes in Japan, made here with a mild soy sauce broth, flavoured with a mixture of pork, chicken, and fish.

This stopping point in the centre of the island allows you to discover nature shaped by the mountainous landscape, and is a fantastic way for you to explore a fascinating and authentic Japan for healthy, calm holidays completely away from it all.