A luxurious 'glamping' experience, staying in chic forest cabins
Spectacular views of Lake Kawaguchi and on a clear day, Mt Fuji
Choose from canoeing, horse riding and forest treks
Enjoy star gazing from your private balcony with your own modern campfire
A focus on simple but quality grilled food
Mt Fuji and the surrounding area is characterised by a mild climate with high precipitation. The climate here is much cooler than it is in Tokyo. The area is a year round destination, but best time to visit is from April to November with trekking in July and August.
Perched next to Lake Kawaguchi at the base of Mt Fuji, Hoshinoya Fuji is Japan's most breathtaking 'glamping' experience. This wonderful escape sits deep in a red pine forests and on a clear day the views of Mt Fuji are spectacular.
Hoshinoya Fuji is one of Japan's most ethereal places to stay; with glassy lakeside cabins that open up into red pine forests, guests feel completely immersed in nature and the views are spectacular. This is glamping done brilliantly, striking the perfect balance between adventure and comfort. On arrival guests are greeted with binoculars, maps, blankets and a headlight before heading off to a minimalist cabin in the mountainous forest. There are only 40 cabins and each one is air conditioned with floor to ceiling doors leading out to the balcony and onto Aokigahara forest, Lake Kawaguchi and on a clear day, Mt Fuji. A third of each room is connected to the outdoors, to make the most of the stars and the roaring fire and with a series of wooden walkways, you are never far from forest walks. Hoshinoya Fuji is much more than just comfortable cabins; with horse riding and canoeing taking centre stage too.
Dining is also a highlight here with the dining room enjoying glorious views of the pine forests. With focus on simple grilling, particularly high quality Japanese beef and local vegetables. The Cloud Terrace also offers a small and intimate alfresco dining space with food prepared entirely in Dutch ovens. Here you'll also find pizza workshops at lunch time, a fantastic family activity.
We particularly love the details and the nod to camping at Hoshinoya Fuji, with modern campfires on the cabin balconies, titanium cups and a refined take on camping food.
Hoshinoya is not the place for those who need gold taps and luxury suites; it's more suited to those who want to be experiencing the outdoors with somewhere comfortable to return to at the end of the day.
There are 40 minimalist cabins that sit within Aokigahara Forest and each one has spectacular views of Lake Kawaguchi. The cabins are simple but chic and are true to Japanese design. With floor to ceiling windows, heated floors and a well equipped bathroom, they have everything you need and are a far cry from everyday camping. They also boast private balconies with a contemporary campfire and camping chairs. The balconies are also the perfect location for breakfast.
We feel that Hoshinoya Fuji has been designed with couples and families with older children in mind. There are no specific facilities for younger children.
As a boutique glamping experience, Hoshinoya Fuji has limited facilities but we feel that adds to its charm. There are two restaurants; the main dining hall and the Cloud Terrace. A series of wooden platforms, with sofas and campfires, also offer the opportunity to take in the surroundings and there's an additional cafe.
Activities play a key part at Hoshinoya Fuji and thousands of years of volcanic activity has created luminous forests, ice caves and craters that are waiting to be explored. Guests can choose from horse riding, early morning canoing on the lake, pizza making, forest hikes and coffee brewing workshops.
from £9600 pp
inc flights & transfers for 11 nights
Hoshinoya Fuji is located close to Mt Fuji in Aokigahara Forest, just on the edge of Lake Kaawaguchi.
12-hour International flight to Tokyo International Airport-Haneda, followed by a train journey to Kawaguchiko Station, via Otsuki Station. Alternatively you can travel from Tokyo to Hoshinoya Fuji with a private chauffeur guide.
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