Hoshinoya Fuji – Yamanashi

Fujikawaguchiko, Japan, From £346
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About

A glamping resort located on a red pine slope, overlooking the beautiful Lake Kawaguchi and a stone's throw away from Mount Fuji. Minimalist cabins jut out from the hill, like telescopes aimed at the beautiful lake that lies directly ahead and majestic Mount Fuji just beyond. Living room-style balconies occupy a third of each cabin, blurring the line between interior and exterior.

What makes this Kobu?

What makes this Kobu?

Deep in the wilderness

Embedded deep in the forest and 100 meters up the slope of a mountain, Hoshinoya is the place to become re-enchanted with nature and resharpen your senses. The smell of the red pines that watch over Hoshinoya and the sound of them swaying in the wind creates a sensory wonderland.

The cabins

The cabins have been expertly designed to connect people with the joys of outdoor living. Each one is created to enhance your sense of seclusion and connection with the outdoors. Minimalist interiors, subdued colours, majestic views of the lake and glass walls all bring attention to the environment. The ultimate therapy.

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Eating

Stay close to home and revel in expert chef Takaaki Tagawa’s creations. Everything is prepared with local ingredients, lovingly foraged from the surrounding wilderness. Make the experience more memorable by walking down to the forest kitchen where you’re provided with fresh-picked ingredients to cook in Dutch ovens. All guided by a glamping master, so you’re sure to get a delicious meal.

Drinking

In the spirit of rebalancing, try one of Japan’s well-known super drinks – matcha tea. Originally used as part of Chan or Zen Buddhist rituals, it’s praised for its endless health benefits and detoxing effects. In town, Cisco Coffee create a delicious example of the tea. Although you can get it pretty much anywhere in Japan.

Doing

Hoshinoya couldn’t be in a more idyllic location. There are acres of natural beauty waiting for you. Grab your walking boots and set off exploring. We suggest you start at Lake Kawaguchi, one of the most iconic lakes in Japan. Still waters stretch for miles until your eyes meet snow-capped Mount Fuji in the distance. We recommend an early morning walk when it’s most serene. If you’re really feeling it, wake up early to watch the sunrise over the mountain.

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