The accommodations listed in this itinerary are noteworthy for a variety of reasons. The order is only that of a circle to display them easily on the map. Some are outstanding deluxe properties, while others offer the simplicity of a temple stay, or a farm stay, but all provide unique insights into the local culture of Yamanashi Prefecture. We apologize if we have left any other noteworthy accommodations off this list. Please feel free to email us (info at drivejapan dot info) any suggestions for additions.
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Nipponia Kosuge Village, Hosokawa Residence - NIPPONIA 小菅
NIPPONIA is a luxury hotel brand of renovated old and precious Japanese architectures remaining throughout various areas in Japan. Respecting its historical significance, each architecture is revitalized as a facility where you can feel the lifestyle, culture and history of the land.
Located in a village of 700 residents in the mountains of Yamanashi Prefecture, this inn was created from an old samurai home. It has 4 guest accommodations. Meals are made from local products based on the 24 sekki, or traditional seasons (each of the 4 seasons being divided into 6 two-week seasons).
See article: https://piecesofjapan.com/nipponia-village/
HOSHINOYA Fuji is nearly hidden by the surrounding woods, located 100 meters up the slope of a mountain. Slender paths meander through a landscape of soil, grass, and tree roots. One can inhale deeply and gaze up at the ceiling of red pine needles and multi-shaped leaves that hangs far above you. Leaves and branches cast shadows on you that shift over time, allowing you to perceive the sun's position in the sky.
See their website for details.
1408 Ōishi, Fujikawaguchiko, Minamitsuru-gun, Yamanashi 401-0305, Japan
Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan is a hot spring hotel in Hayakawa, Yamanashi Prefecture. Founded in 705 AD by Fujiwara Mahito, it is the oldest hotel and perhaps the oldest company in operation. In 2011, the hotel was officially recognized by the Guinness World Records as the oldest hotel in the world.
The Keiunkan lies at the foot of the Akaishi Mountains. It has been continuously operated by 52 generations of the same family (including adopted heirs) for over 1,300 years. The onsen was created by Fujiwara Mahito, son of an aide to the 38th Emperor of Japan, Emperor Tenji. Upon its creation, the healing waters of the springs became widely popular in Japan. Tokugawa Ieyasu was among the onsen's historic guests.
The hotel underwent a major renovation in 1997 but preserved the traditional architectural style of the original onsen. In 2005, private, free-flowing hot spring baths were added to every room.
The hotel has 37 rooms, a restaurant (kaiseki), and a moon-viewing platform. All rooms and facilities of the hotel have free wifi. Tatami mats and classic art furnish the rooms. The staff wears nibu-shiki kimonos. The hotel features public and private hot spring baths.
The Hoshino Resort - Risonare Yatsugatake is located where the days are always clear, and the sun full and bright, making for a resort where families can freely bask in the natural world. Blessed with such a fitting climate, the Yatsugatake area is home to some of Japan’s foremost wines. Surrounded by a lush natural landscape, the area offers a luxurious environment that not just wine-loving adults, but anyone, can enjoy.