Japan: a producer of outstanding vegetables

The Yamanashi prefecture in the center of Japan seems to be entirely dedicated to producing quality fruit and vegetables. The region enjoys record sunlight reaching 2400 hours per year (2462 to be fair) or 387 hours more than the national average. This mountainous area can additionally boast of having many springs of extremely pure mineral water, among the best in the country… The altitude of 1000 metres, causing a significant difference between the day and night-time temperatures, helps farmers achieve ideal conditions to grow outstanding fruit and vegetables.

Fresh veggie food

The Japanese are fully aware of the benefits of a healthy and balanced diet on the body. The inhabitants of the village of Matsukawa in neighbouring Nagano prefecture, have an even greater longevity, as they eat healthily. The majority of farmers are registered as organic farmers, which certainly provides an additional advantage to the benefits experienced by consumers.

Asian food market

In order to highlight these gems from the work of passionate farmers, Hoshino Resorts RISONARE Yatsugatake creates a market each summer to showcase the richness of local produce, but also to initiate meetings and exchanges between farmers and consumers sensitive to the quality of their diet. The theme chosen this year is “The Power of Vegetables”; a subject which speaks for itself. Therefore, throughout the entire summer, visitors will be able to discover new, beautiful and colourful vegetables on the market stalls.

The highlight of this farmers’ market is to offer food-lovers the opportunity to taste these vegetable treasures by tasting original recipes devised by the farmers themselves. For example, sandwiches will be sold in a Food Truck in conjunction with a glass of wine chosen by the sommelier at Hoshino Resorts RISONARE Yatsugatake.

Hoshino Resorts RISONARE Yatsugatake Hotel

DIY Pizza Party

You can even  choose your vegetables and make up your own pizza at a stand set up in the fresh air on the edge of the forest! So are you ready to adopt the “Veggie Attitude”?

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?

4 reasons to go to on holiday to Japan with your kids!

Wouldn’t it be a dream to go on holiday without worrying about entertaining the kids? Finding a place where parents and kids can destress, relax, and find their own things to do is no mean feat. Yet in Japan, there is a kind of paradise where kids are especially catered for.

4 reasons to take your kids on holiday to Japan:

japan-romantic-dinner

1 – You can have a romantic dinner with no stress!
There is an organised childcare service which takes babies from the age of 6 months, providing them with games to occupy them, a cot, and of course a person to monitor them, entertain them, and to give them their meal. What else?

Kids fishing initiation

2 – Introduce them to fishing and seafood
Your children can play at being trainee fishermen, in typical fisherman’s costumes, unravelling the nets before throwing them in the water to catch some beautiful fish which are then prepared by the kids themselves in delicious meals!

In addition of that, staff could also propose to your little darlings a cooking hour about health foods and dietary awareness. The kids will love it!

JApan kid

3 – Let them discover life on the farm
A day spent on a ranch will transform your kids! Happy and amazed to have been able to touch the animals on the farm, to have fed the goats and sheep before going to milk the cows, they will have great stories to tell you on their return.

And for a perfect ending, they can prepare a tea with fresh cream produced on site… They are bound to love the experience.

Kid cooking with chef lesson

4 – Slipping into a chef’s shoes
Dressed in a pastry chef’s costume, with a chef’s hat jammed on their little head, the kids will prepare a seasonal dessert with fruit or chocolate, and then give free rein to their imagination to decorate it.

And since there is nothing better than sharing, they then have the pleasure and pride of offering you their creation to eat with you. An unforgettable moment to share with the family, and maybe the start of a vocation?

All these activities and some others are offered by Hoshino Resorts RISONARE Atami, a magnificent hotel overlooking the ocean which welcomes both parents and children warmly.

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?