Excellent environmental credentials
Onsite Meditation Bath as well as local hot spring bathing
Quality accommodation in self-contained pavilions
The best and most popular times to visit Japan are the climatically stable seasons of spring (March to May) and autumn (late September to November). The highlight of spring is the cherry-blossom season, which usually arrives in early April. Autumn is an equally good time to travel, with pleasant temperatures and soothing autumn colours, which usually peak between late October and mid-November. Of course, you can visit Japan anytime although the summer, from June to August, can be very hot and humid, and winter can be a little chilly for some people’s taste.
Just 90-minutes from Tokyo, the stunning hot spring resort village of Hoshinoya Karuizawa is a world away from city life. Located amid the beautiful forests and rivers of Karuizawa, this is a place to quiet the mind and relax the body.
Hoshinoya Karuizawa is a relaxing hot spring resort of individual pavilions located at the foot of a mountain, where guests can immerse themselves in the glorious natural beauty of Karuizawa. Guest pavilions are dotted throughout the resort amid the lush greenery of the surrounding forest, with a river meandering through the centre. Fusing Japanese-style architecture and contemporary design, the pavilions provide stylish and comfortable accommodation and are positioned to offer the maximum level of privacy. There is an onsite restaurant, excellent childcare facilities, hot spring bathing including a Meditation Bath and a massage spa.
There are two choices for hot spring bathing: the resort’s own Meditation Bath or the Tombo-no-yu indoor and outdoor spring baths, five minutes from the resort, which guests have exclusive use of during the morning. For added relaxation, there is also a massage spa.
The resort is eco-friendly and there in no air-conditioning. Instead, ceiling vents ensure adequate ventilation bringing in the cool mountain air, while the warmth of the hot spring water is used in underfloor heating, to heat the rooms during the cold winter months. For nature lovers, the huge picture windows are designed to give guests the maximum pleasure of the stunning scenery that surrounds the resort, from the comfort of their own self-contained accommodation.
This is a family-friendly resort. The Niwaroji pavilions offer villa-style accommodation suitable for families and the Children’s Room offers childcare facilities for those aged between four months and nine years old. The restaurant also prepares special children’s meals served either in-room or in the dining room.
Guests can enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the resort’s garden, listening to the birdsong and murmur of the small waterfalls that trickle down the hillside. There is also a massage spa, Meditation Bath, Children’s Room and excellent restaurant.
The resort offers various relaxation classes to improve your physical and mental wellbeing, such as the ONSEN Body Work and Mind Work. Guests can also enjoy guided walks through the forest as well as horse riding.
Visit the Tomioka Silk Mill, the oldest modern silk reeling factory and enjoy a tour. Transfer to Onioshidashi Volcanic Park and be awed by the impressive formations by mother nature.
Hoshinoya Karuizawa is just 90-minutes by train from Tokyo and there is a free shuttle from Karuizawa Station to the resort.
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