Perched on the hillside next to Lake Kawaguchi at the base of Mt Fuji, Hoshinoya Fuji is one of Japan’s most breathtaking ‘glamping’ experiences. This is a wonderfully modern hotel that offers all the fun of camping whilst still providing a luxury and relaxing getaway.
The 40 ‘cabins’ at Hoshinoya Fuji have been designed as minimalist concrete cubes, with doors that slide open to reveal dramatic views of Mount Fuji through a wall of glass.
The interiors of the room are a showcase of modern Japanese design at its best: serene, natural, minimal and very white, with a cloud-like bed taking centre stage. With floor to ceiling windows, heated floors and a full-sized bathroom, they have everything you need – and are a far cry from typical camping. They also boast private balconies with a wood-fired camp stove and camping chairs.
Diners can also eat al fresco on the Cloud Terrace which is an amazingly designed outdoor area set amongst the Pine trees. It offers a succession of overlapping timber terraces that wrap around the forest landscape and have been raised at different heights and give guests the opportunity to sit, relax and enjoy the outdoors – a rare opportunity in Japan.