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Experience Nature’s Bliss in Karuizawa, Japan

September 19, 2019 Visit North Asia No Comments Email Email

Situated in Nagano prefecture, just 90 minutes by bullet train from Tokyo is a mountainside resort hidden from the world – HOSHINOYA Karuizawa is a place where one can connect with nature, and indulge their mind, body and spirit.

It also has a unique history. The resort was the very first hot spring inn founded by the Hoshino family in 1914 and was frequented by many great writers and artists that spent their time appreciating the beauty of the changing seasons. Hoshino Resorts has since grown to be one of Japan’s largest hotel operating companies and in 2005, the resort reopened as the first of its luxury flagship brand, Hoshinoya.

Whether you’re craving an overnight escape from Tokyo’s hustle and bustle or simply want to treat yourself to nature’s charm, here is how you can have a blissful experience in Karuizawa, Japan.

Be still with your surroundings

Upon arriving at Karuizawa, the first thing you will notice is the crisp, clean air and the soft sounds of the surrounding forest. HOSHINOYA Karuizawa treats guests like residents, allowing them to wander the beautiful grounds as they wish. Take a moment to be still and let nature sing its song for you – take a seat at one of the benches around the resort or simply take in the sounds of the murmuring river from the luxury of your own Japanese-style villa.

See how many bird species you can spot

The founder of the Wild Bird Society of Japan used to visit the original Hoshino hot spring inn for extended periods of time. Here he would observe all the birds that came to make their home at the base of Mount Asama. Today, the forest remains just as rich in greenery and life as it were during his time, and the Picchio Wildlife Research Center (located next door) runs numerous nature walks and tours for you to spot some magnificent bird species.

Soothe your soul in natural hot springs

Onsen in Japan is appreciated for its therapeutic value and at HOSHINOYA Karuizawa, you can melt away your worries at two onsens located on the premises. At the foot of the mountain is Tombu no yu where you can relax in both an indoor and open-air bath whilst taking in the spectacular view. As night falls, you can hear the clatter of guests donning their yukata and geta clogs making their way for a soak in the meditation bath – a peaceful and spiritual experience where you can sharpen your senses.

At HOSHINOYA Karuizawa, each guest can find their own way to connect with nature, relax and self-reflect. A Limited Offer is now available for 3-night stays from October to December. For more information, visit

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