The charm of Yamanashi Prefecture and some of the hotels to check out for the perfect stay
Experience the beauty of Yamanashi Prefecture which is home to Mt.Fuji and the Fuji Five Lakes. Surprisingly, this region of un-spoilt natural beauty is only approximately 2 hours away by bus from Tokyo Station, making it extremely accessible for guests coming from the city of Tokyo. Due to its spectacular tourist sites, Yamanashi is a popular location that includes lakeside hotels, outdoor recreational activities such as camping, excursion boats and many other events to make for a fun-packed vacation. The most popular of the five lakes is Lake Kawaguchi which has a variety of hotels overlooking the lake itself and with its close proximity to Mt. Fuji is the ideal location to unwind. It would be no exaggeration to say that whatever season you visit, Yamanashi’s abundant nature and changing seasonal landscape makes for a trip unique every time.
Accommodation is undoubtedly an important factor in what makes for an enjoyable vacation, which is why we’ve compiled a selection of some of the hotels worth checking out in the Yamanashi area.
Highland Resort Hotel & Spa
Highland Resort Hotel & Spa is located at the foot of Mt.Fuji, with Lake Kawaguchi and Kitaguchi Hongu Sengenjinja Shrine nearby. One of the most attractive features of this accommodation is that it is registered as the official hotel for the Fuji-Q Highland amusement park. It also provides four different restaurants, each offering a different style of cuisine. After dinner, why not relax in Fujiyama Onsen, one of the largest hot spring facilities in Japan. You’ll be pleased to know that rooms provide spectacular views of Mt.Fuji which means you can enjoy relaxing in the vicinity of your accommodation while taking in Mt. Fuji’s majestic scenery at the same time. It is also located close to other tourist spots in the area. For anyone concerned about internet access, Highland Resort Hotel & Spa also includes high-speed internet access available free of charge to all its guests, available both in the lobby and its guest rooms. Book here
Traditional Japanese-style Fuji to Mizuumi no Yado Tagaogi
With superb views of Lake Yamanaka from your hotel, Tagooogi is an ideal place to visit to relax and appreciate some of the finest natural spots in in the area. With an elevation of 1000m above sea level, Lake Yamanaka is known as the closest lake to Mt.Fuji The hotel provides a total of 20 guest rooms with a view of either Mt.Fuji or Lake Yamanaka. Of course no stay would be complete without hot springs, and the hotel doesn’t disappoint on this front either, providing two different large-scale public baths. At night the hotel also offers a stone-lined open-air bath that lets you enjoy the night starry sky. Guests to this hotel can enjoy either a view of Mt Fuji from their rooms (with Japanese-style rooms) or of Lake Yamanaka (with Japanese or Western-style rooms). From the picturesque scenery of Lake Yamanaka to a view that extends to the foot of Mt.Fuji, you can choose a room with a view just right for you. Cuisine is also second to none with kaiseki-dishes incorporating fresh seafood and local specialties,with special dishes that can only be experienced at this hotel such as horse, sashimi, stewed abalone and other dishes. Book here
Kawaguchiko Park Hotel
Kawaguchiko Park Hotel continually re-innovates its services to meet the diverse needs of its customers. Stepping foot inside this hotel, you will be amazed by its stylish decor and sophisticated integration with its natural surroundings. From the warm feel of the lobby fireplace to the high class hospitality that extends to a welcome and farewell greeting from the hotel concierge, this hotel delivers on all fronts. All dishes are hand-made, reflecting the exquisite subtleties of the seasons and for guests that have specific requirements, set menus can also be prepared to meet the customers’ needs. The number of overseas visitors to this hotel is on the increase with customers going away extremely satisfied each time. Both indoor and open-air hot springs baths are available, as well as massages and a relaxing tea lounge. When selecting your room you can choose from either Japanese or Western rooms or suites that include both. Amazingly Park Hotel is only a 3-minute walk from Lake Kawaguchi which means that you can take leisurely strolls around the area with ease. For guests making their way from Kawaguchiko Station, a free pick-up service to the hotel can be arranged, however it is required that reservations be made in advance so please bear this in mind beforehand. Book here
Koraku Onyado Fujigenkei
This hotel boasts views of Lake Kawaguchi and Mt.Fuji from every one of its rooms and its hot springs will leave you feeling relaxed after your stay. It also offers something rather special, in the form of spectacular views of Mt.Fuji from its in-room open-air baths and open-air bath on the top floor. Whether you’re traveling alone, as a couple or are bringing the family along, it’s a location that is sure to provide a memorable experience like no other. Rooms at this accommodation are either Japanese style or Japanese/Western style, complete with all the modern amenities you would expect. As you would expect from a hotel of this ranking, the cuisine is intricately designed, incorporating seasonal ingredients and provides a flavor sure to tantalize the taste buds. For guests arriving at Kawaguchiko Station, you’ll be pleased to know that the hotel provides a free pick-up and drop-off service to and from the hotel. Book here
Hotel Mt.Fuji is situated in a location that makes it convenient for some of the finest sightseeing spots in the Yamanashi area such as Fujiyama Onsen Hot Spring, Fujiyama Museum and of course Fujikyu Highland (amusement park). Well what exactly makes Hotel Mt.Fuji such a great place to stay? To begin with, it provides a hot spring bath that commands excellent views of Mt. Fuji. There’s also a sauna and a Karaoke room. Rooms feature a bright, warm interior that incorporate a Japanese-style seating area. Guests to this hotel can also look forward to a diverse range of dining that includes French cuisine, Japanese dishes and buffets. In the evening guests can unwind at a bar which offers a variety of evening drinks. Wi-Fi is also available so you can keep up to date on all the latest news and information during your stay. Book here