Hoshinoya Karuizawa, one of the highest quality resorts in Japan, has 77 guest rooms in a small, newly created village. Rooms are arranged in lines along a pure stream running through a valley between hills. Guests are picked up at the gate, driven to reception, and are then checked in at a room where mysterious music comes floating up from the floor and fills your senses. After being served a cup of tea, a staff guide drives you to your room in the village. You move from your daily life into their unique world. During this process, you will unconsciously pass through several barriers they have consciously set up. Inside the village, you feel you are a visitor on the first day, then feel like a resident on the second day, and eventually feel that you are a villager who has been living here for a long time!
Your room, without TV and newspapers, provides a perfect time for relaxing. Enjoying a spa, reading books on a big sofa at the library, and just idling the day away are all you need to do! They also offer some activities, such as Eco Tours, bird watching, and various seasonal events like moon viewing.
We got up early and had a nice walk in the morning, then went out and spent time outside the village on bicycles. We came back to the village in the afternoon, and then relaxed at the spa and library.
Series: Hoshinoya Karuizawa
1. Rooms & Grounds
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Japan is a small island nation, but we have a huge number of surprising things to discover here. Many of these delights can be found when you step off the main street onto small side paths. I really enjoy studying about and researching various aspects of traditional Japanese culture, and then sharing this information with visitors to Japan. I hope you will enjoy it, too! ARTICLE INDEX & PHOTOS: An index of most of my Japan Travel articles can be found at the entry page of my blog, and my photos are shown here. 日本はとても小さな国ですが、大通りから一本小道に入ればたくさんの発見があります。日本人が積み重ねてきた歴史を学びながら、古い建物や庭を訪ね、物語の舞台となった景色を眺めて、皆様といっしょに日本文化の奥深さを探求していきたいと思います。