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.
Takayama City, or Hida-Takayama as it is sometimes referred to, is located in Gifu Prefecture and has enjoyed a certain amount of prosperity since it was first settled in during the Jomon period. The region has long been famous for artisans and craftsmen - particularly carpenters - and it is often said that the carpenters of the Hida region played a big role in the creation of some Kyoto's most famous temples, shrines and castles.
This trip was organized by the Karuizawa Prince Hotel. Click here to book a room at this hotel
Karuizawa was first popularised as a mountain resort area by foreign residents of Japan in the late 1800s. These days it is a popular destination for both foreign and Japanese travellers alike. With tons of activities on offer from skiing, tennis, shopping and hiking, this is the perfect place for a family trip. For those looking to escape the city for a short break, its proximity to Tokyo - just 70 minutes on the shinkansen from JR Tokyo Station - makes it an easy escape to the beautiful mountain landscapes of the Japanese countryside.
The small minibus wound its way up the side of the mountain, I looked around at the winter trees sticking out in prickly leafless thickets with the occasional smattering of long thin pines. The sky was blue and the sun was shining, and I was on my way to the Hotel Mt. Fuji. Sitting up high at 1,100 meters, as the name would suggest, the hotel offers some of the finest views of the majestic old mountain that any in Japan can offer. Situated on the shores of Lake Yamanakako, one of Mount Fuji's 5 lakes, this hotel provides the perfect retreat for those looking to take in some real nature while visiting Japan.