Glamping with HOSHINOYA Fuji


Have you even been to a glamp camp? Let me take you to HOSHINOYA Fuji. It is Japan’s very first, and it has a gorgeous view of Mount Fuji.

Only 20 minutes away from Kawaguchi-ko Station, HOSHINOYA Fuji is nestled in the hills and pine forests. If you’re looking for a quiet place to chill and enjoy the view, this is pretty much the place to be.

I love Cloud Terrace. It’s located at the very top of the resort. Our glamping room was located on the foot of the hill. In saying that, it was worth the 15 minute hike up to Cloud Terrace! Surrounded by pine forest, there were many layers of decks, hammocks and seating area to lounge in. I was transported into Endor, you know, where you find cute Ewoks.

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And if you make it to the top of Cloud Terrace, a jar of marshmallows are pretty much waiting for you. And yes, you gotta make a s’more from the open campfire.

In the evening, we had Dutch Oven Dinner out in the forest. It was actually a really cosy dinner, where we feast on autumn mushrooms and game meats, sourced locally. I always love mushrooms and it was a treat. There was even wild boar in the menu! Our glamping master took great care of us, we stayed nice and warm with electric and wool blankets.

In the early morning, my brother went for a morning canoe in Lake Kawaguchi. It is one of five lakes surrounding Mount Fuji.

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Breakfast came in the cutest wooden box. We had delicious Spanish omelette and mushroom soup with freshly baked Dutch oven-baked bread. We got to enjoy breakkie in our room with the view of Mount Fuji. I could easily spend here all day!

Japan, 〒401-0305 Yamanashi Prefecture, 南都留郡富士河口湖町大石1408

A retreat at HOSHINOYA Kyoto

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Beautiful HOSHINOYA Kyoto. It was such a lovely retreat. I felt so close to nature, surrounded by the turquoise blue Oigawa River and forest of Arashiyama.

It’s a unique one-of-a-kind experience, not to be missed, if you’re after a luxury ryokan experience in Japan. It’s by far, my favourite, as everything about HOSHINOYA Kyoto is beautifully designed.

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The rooms are very minimal, with soft coloured walls matched with tatami and dark timber flooring. Oh, and I’m in love with the state-of-the-art toilet, the lid opens up automatically when it senses me entering the toilet room. Now, that’s impressive!

We have a Hotaru double with a king size bed, lounge room (which doubles up as a dining room in the morning) and a bathroom overlooking the river. It was very peaceful in the morning, with birds tweeting. Occasionally, the operating tourist train from the opposite side will come around for a quick stop to look over the resort.


There’s a short walk you can do around the resort. It’s very pretty at night as well. It feels like you’re in a 19th century village, as the lanterns are all lit up.

There’s a sake bar and a fine dining experience, which I truly enjoyed. My brother and I had a feast of the Autumn Degustation. It was an 8-course meal, and I can tell you that by the end of the meal, we were so full, we had to make room for dessert. The chef has prepared the dishes according to the availability of ingredients at the local market. As it’s autumn season, there’s a wide variety of mushrooms to be had (which I loved!).

I had a wonderful time staying at HOSHINOYA Kyoto. It’s not everyday I get to stay in a beautiful luxury retreat like this, and am truly grateful to have the opportunity to do so. Thank you HOSHINOYA Resorts for hosting me.

Japan, 〒616-0007 Kyoto Prefecture, 京都市西京区嵐山元録山町11−2