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HOSHINOYA Fuji Yamanashi, Japan

HOSHINOYA Fuji- Yamanashi, Japan

HOSHINOYA Fuji Yamanashi

Location

A couple of hours by rail from Tokyo (along with a brief drive from Kawaguchiko station). The forested setting on the beaches of Kawaguchi Lake, in Mount Fuji’s foundation, is haiku-inspiringly ideal.
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Style & personality

Japanese style resort matches camping (minus lounges). In the lobby — a tiny contemporary hut – guests have been awarded richly utilitarian bags (including flashes, headlight, map, blanket, and also — a civilised Japanese signature – a handkerchief) prior to being pushed into a mountainside woods.

Here’s the Cloud Terrace – a system of paths and platforms that are wooden. And therefore a steep route may result in al fresco woods dining; a contemporary campfire for toasting marshmellows; a cosy library with fur hats, hot tea and a wood stove; a decked area for morning stretches. Lower down would be your restaurant, a little boutique and the cottages.

Service & amenities

It is all about character here – sunrise canoeing on Lake Kawaguchi; horseback riding; star-gazing walks. The young employees — dubbed Glamping Experts – are friendly, smiling, excited (and endlessly patient with kids).

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Rooms

‘Camping’ hasn’t been more stylish. The 40 ‘cottages’ are minimalist concrete cubes, with doors sliding open to show breathtaking views of Mount Fuji via a wall of glass (be warned: mountain weather usually means the sky readily clouds above). The inside is contemporary Japanese design at its finest: tranquil, natural, minimal and quite white, using a cloud-like mattress taking center stage.

A far cry out of a tent — however you will find camping touches. The patio has a heated underwater dining table and little, contemporary campfire. Wellies are supplied, while ceramic camping cups from the Japanese manufacturer Snow Peak hang on the walls. The space key holder doubles as a wooden bird caller.

Food & beverage

In true camping fashion, the food is equally as enjoyable as the atmosphere. Within minutes of arriving, we locate ourselves at the woods wearing aprons and creating pizza, using an range of odd mountain bicycles, prior to cooking them at an outdoor clay oven.

From the vaulted wooden cafe, chef Yuji Kanai functions his ingenious spin on Japanese cuisine, from melt-in-the-mouth bull beef refreshing from Mount Fuji’s slopes to boiled canola blossom and squid with chopped vinegar sauce. Diners may also eat al fresco on the Cloud Terrace.

The Morning Box breakfasts (3,326 yen/#21.75) are a highlight: delivered to cottages in a wooden box, they also comprise freshly-baked breads, Spanish omelettes, yoghurts, neighborhood juices and jams. A grilled breakfast at the Dining Room prices 2,614 yen (#17.10), whilst breakfast quiches cooked outside from the Cloud Terrace are out of 1,426 yen (#9.30). These statistics include tax plus a 10 percent service fee.

Value for cash

Double rooms from 51,000yen (#322) in low season; climbing into 135,000yen (#852) at large. Breakfast excluded. Free Wi-Fi.

Accessibility for guests with disabilities?

No.

Family-friendly?

Yes – perfect for non-mobile infants or people over three. You will find children’s menus, kids’ rucksacks, safety nets to the terraces and optional mattress guards out there.

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