Glamping with views of Mount FujiYamanashi, Japan
Imagine soaking in a tub and watching clouds unravel from Japan’s most iconic site, the snowy cone of Mount Fuji. Set in a red pine forest marked with craters and ice caves, the concrete cabins of Hoshinoya Fuji blend the worlds of camping and luxury with a minimalist Japanese aesthetic.
Echoing an American summer camp, the glampsite offers horseback riding, tours through the infamous Aokigahara Forest, star watching and whiskey sipping near the camp fire at night. Rise with the sun and set out in a canoe to paddle Kawaguchi, one of Mount Fuji’s five lakes. If you’re lucky you’ll witness the famous volcano mirrored in the glassy water.
- You’ll have so many opportunities to see the frosted peak of Mount Fuji from your abode
- Swapping the trappings of regular life for minimalist living and natural surroundings
- Embarking on some of the activities on offer like horseriding
- It’s quite a hike to get here – you’ll have to take a mixture of buses, trains and taxis before you finally arrive – so be prepared to keep journeying well after you’ve left the airport!
- For the cost you’d expect things like meals to be included
You can usually get great cheap flights to Japan with Jetstar. Hoshinoya Fuji is about three and a half hours away from Tokyo. If you’re coming from Haneda International Airport, jump in a limousine bus; from Narita International Airport, board the Narita Express train – both will take you to Shinjiku Station. From here, take the JR Kaiji train to Otsuki Station, then change to the Fujikyu Line heading to Kawaguchiko Station. On arrival, hop in a taxi for the final leg of the journey.
- King-size or twin beds
- Lounge area
- Wood stove
Doubles from US$620 a night.
Japan has only just caught onto the glamping trend, so Hoshinoya Fuji is a rare way to experience the countryside.