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Sustainable Travel Experiences in JAPAN
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The Japanese word “mottainai” embodies the value of cherishing important things and is deeply rooted in everyday life in the country. This same philosophy drives Japan’s eco-friendly accommodation options too. Ranging from affordable to luxurious, a number of ecologically conscious, internationally certified properties provide travelers with comfortable accommodation and an enriching experience. These properties have gone to great lengths to reduce their burden on the global environment and local ecosystems. You’ll find initiatives like utilizing hot springs for geothermal heating and spring water for cooling, methods to reduce plastic consumption, local menus serving locally caught and cultivated ingredients, and even hotels with a zero-waste policy. Where will you book your next trip focused on sustainable travel?
Climb to new heights at the Treeful Treehouse Sustainable Resort
Sleep under the stars amongst branches and leaves
Situated in Okinawa’s Yambaru National Park, everything about the Treeful Treehouse luxury sustainable resort is designed with the natural environment in mind. And what better way to experience nature than spending the night in a treehouse? Surrounded by the living tendrils of the tree, your eco-friendly accommodation is a bespoke wooden cabin, built high off the ground in order to not disturb the surrounding animals’ natural habitat. Carbon-neutral solar arrays, not fossil fuels, generate electricity on-site, and even the grass is tended by goats, removing the requirements for a lawnmower. Wave goodbye to the hustle and bustle of the city and immerse yourself in Okinawa’s natural wonders. Wake up to fresh, forest air filtered by the gentle leaves surrounding your woodland home. Spending time here will give you a new understanding for the importance of coexisting with nature. Your stay doesn’t put any burden on nature and contributes to its future—and you might not want to leave.
Revel in the height of luxury at the Bettei Senjuan Hotel
Truly relax in a private, open-air bath heated by a sustainable hot spring
Tradition and modern aesthetics collide at Bettei Senjuan, recipient of a Green Key certification in Japan, a high standard of global recognition for environmental initiatives. Located at the foothills of Mount Tanigawa, each room in this exquisite hotel, a member of the Relais & Châteaux luxury hotel group, provides a view of the mountain’s peak and acres of lush forests. When you arrive at the hotel, you’ll be struck by the Zen-inspired design that gives each space a sense of calm and serenity. One of the most notable features are the private open-air baths in each bedroom fed by constantly flowing natural hot spring water. Beyond the rooms and gardens, Bettei Senjuan is famous for its astonishing cuisine. The inspired meals served privately in guest rooms are based on a sustainable philosophy employing seasonal and local ingredients. Come to Bettei Senjuan for unforgettable views and a rejuvenating escape from daily life.