Hoshinoya Fuji is nearly hidden by the surrounding woods, located 100 meters up the slope of a mountain. Stretching in front of it is Lake Kawaguchi, and above the opposite shore lies Mt. Fuji. Winding through the forest are wooden stairs and pathways which connect decks and platforms on different levels—on one is a bonfire, burning day and night to welcome all, on another might be a lounge, a perfect nook for reading, or tables set for lunch. There is always something to entertain and delight.
Explore the grass paths—barefoot is best—that crisscross the 15-hectare forest, go early-morning canoeing or horseback ride. The cabins are architectural, minimalist but cozy, and invite contemplation of the lake and mountains—and a night of very deep sleep after an evening of stargazing. Balconies are designed for lounging, many with their own tabletop fire pit for a late night whisky and conversation.