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.

4 reasons to start glamping in Japan

Invented by the Japanese keen on a particular lifestyle, glamping is a newly-coined word and a contraction of glamour and camping. The idea is to combine the simplicity and the fun side of camping with the refinement of a luxury hotel to enjoy a unique experience right in front of Mount Fuji, at HOSHINOYA Fuji.

Here are 4 good reasons to fully experience glamping in Japan:

1 – Enjoy the pleasures of camping without its downsides. The outdoor life in the fresh air : a breath of nature and pure air combined with the benefits of a luxury hotel. Your “cabin” has a simple design, but provides you with comfort and privacy with a fully-equipped bathroom, comfortable bed, and private terrace, which you can take advantage of each morning to quietly have your breakfast, admiring Mount Fuji with the sense of floating above the forest.

The hotel Hoshino Resorts HOSHINOYA Fuji by night

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2 – Let yourself be lulled by the silence of the forest, sleep like a baby, and wake up as fresh as a daisy, happy to admire bountiful nature which plays the chameleon throughout the seasons. A lush forest in summer, red in autumn, brilliant in spring, with the focal point being Lake Kawaguchi, formed after a volcanic eruption, which leaves you free to go canyoning to stimulate yourself during the day.

A hotel room of the Hoshino Resorts HOSHINOYA Fuji, perfect for glamping

3 – Sample the joys of freedom and chic and relaxed camping, listen to the forest breathing, relax, dream, read a book, have a drink or a meal, chat around the camp fire, take time to completely switch off from everyday life by letting go with the friendliness of meals and moments shared around a large dining table on the shared terrace. A place for meetings, family reunions, and meals with friends.

Luxury camping with Japanese food

4 – Rediscover the pleasures of barbecues which here take on a festive air. The chef pays attention to the local environment and takes care to select the best local produce. Vegetables and meats come from the region and are carefully prepared, with the chef focusing on preserving the flavours of each ingredient to provide maximum taste. Guests can choose to dine outside, in the restaurant or on their terrace with their “private” chef.

Japanese food at glamping at Mount Fuji