Fujiyama Onsen: The Hot Spring Facility With a Mount Fuji View Undergoes Renovation

12.July.2018 | SPOT

Fujiyama Onsen is currently undergoing renovation and will reopen on July 14. Located in Yamanashi Prefecture, the site sits at the foot of Mount Fuji.

The facility is being fitted with a new stone sauna where you can have a clear view of Mount Fuji. There’s also a new hammock resting spot as well as hot yoga classes amongst other things. All of these changes transform Fujiyama Onsen from a simple natural hot spring site into a full-day experience.

The fourth and highest floor now has a relaxation area with a picturesque view. There’s also other stone saunas in a quiet area with the lights dimmed for winding down, as well as break rooms called ‘hot rooms.’

Hot rooms are equipped with heated flooring and there’s a reading corner with manga and magazines as well as cushions. Everyone is free to move between the sauna area and hot rooms.

 

*A separate fee of ¥600 is charged for use of the stone sauna area and hot room space.

The third floor resting area has rooms with tatami flooring and a wide view of Mount Fuji as well as hammocks and a kid’s room. There are 6 hammocks – three chair types and three for laying down.

The menu of the site’s restaurant, Fujiyama Dining, has also been updated. You can look forward to specially made Yamanashi Prefecture chicken and lots of locally source ingredients as well as beer.

 

Hot Yoga classes begin from July 21. By exercising at high temperatures, you’ll be able to stretch your muscles much easier as well as get rid of any waste in your body. It’s also good for dieting and your skin.

 

Gaze at Mount Fuji while having a relaxing time at Fujiyama Onsen.

 

■Information
Fujiyama Onsen

Address: 4-17-1 Shinnishihara, Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi Prefecture

Business Hours

・Morning Bath: 7:00am-9:00am

・Regular Bath: 10:00am-11:00pm

・Restaurant: 11:30am-10:30pm (Last Orders 10:00pm)

Price

・Morning Bath: Adults ¥620 / Children ¥310

・Regular Bath: Adults – Weekdays ¥1,400 / Weekends & Holidays ¥1,700

Children – Weekdays ¥700 / Weekends & Holidays – ¥850¥1,700

*Price includes entry fee, bath towel and face towel rental.

*Weekday prices to adopt weekend and holiday prices during the summer season.

*Includes stone sauna yukata and dry towel rental.

TEL: 0555-22-1126

Website: http://www.fujiyamaonsen.jp/index.html

 

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    Booking Page (Japanese):https://goo.gl/QzYnFx

     


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    ■Information
    Fujikyu Unjokaku
    Address: 8545-1 Mount Fuji, Narusawa, Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi PrefectureOpening Hours: Spring & Fall 9:00am-5:00pm / Summer 6:00am-11:00pm
    Closed: During heavy snowfall

    Access

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    Bus – 155 minutes via express bus from Shinjuku Station to Fuji Subaru Line 5th Station
    *In addition to Shinjuku Station, a 5th Station bus will also run for a limited period from Haneda Airport, Yokohama Station, Center-Kita Station and Tama-Plaza Station.

    Train – Change from Chuo Main Line at Otsuki Station to the Fujikyuko Line. Get off at Fujisan Station and board the Fuji Express Bus.

    TEL: 0555-72-1355

    Website: https://www.fujiyama-navi.jp/unjyokaku/

     

  • Hotel Nampuro in Nagasaki Introduces an Infinity Pool Overlooking the Ariake Sea

    18.June.2018 | Uncategorized

    Hotel Nampuro is located in Shimabara Onsen in Nagasaki Prefecture and has been around for 110 years. The hotel recently held the grand opening two infinity pools. One gives an unbroken view of the Ariake Sea and the other a lush garden.

     

    The concept behind the pools is to get people closer to Shimabara’s natural environment. Guests can enjoy feeling the sea breeze from ideal locations close amongst Shimabara’s abundance of lush greenery and the Ariake Sea while offering an exquisite resort experience you can’t get in the city.

    The unique design of the open-air infinity pool makes it seem as if it flows into the sea itself. There’s also an observation deck next to the pool too where people can gaze across the gorgeous waters.

    The location also makes for a great power and energy spot as one can see the morning sun rise from Kumamoto across the shore. Guests can enjoy the sight in the morning, daytime and nighttime.

    The other infinity pool is built by the garden restaurant deck terrace and blends in with the surrounding nature. Beyond the horizon lies Shimabara’s waters, sky and nature which becomes one with the edge of the pool. The sky and trees also reflect on the surface of the water, making it feel like you’re floating on top of a cloud in the sky.

    The pool is around 50cm deep so children can enjoy themselves too. There are also jets fitted on the sides of the pool.

    The poolside wooden deck is fitted with tables and sofas to enhance that resort feel. They also serve breakfast and there’s a BBQ too.

    Guests can look forward to the 300+ trees in the garden being lit up in a magical and mystical performance, giving the air a touch of romance. It offers an experience like no other as you’re wrapped in a forest of lights under a starry sky.

    Consider Hotel Nampuro if your trip to Japan is taking you to Nagasaki Prefecture.

     

    ■Information

    Hotel Nampuro

    Address: 2-7331-1 Bentenmachi, Shimabara, Nagasaki

    Access: http://www.nampuro.com/access/

    TEL: 0957-62-5111

    Bookings: https://www.nampuro.com/special/tabeho.html

    Homepage: http://www.nampuro.com/

     

  • Ride Down Mount Fuji on a Bicycle with the New Activity Service BonVelo

    30.May.2018 | SPOT

    The new bicycle activity shop BonVelo will open on June 1, offering a range of exciting activities including ‘Mount Fuji Downhill‘ and ‘Mount Fuji Hill Climb.’

    富士山サイクルアクティビティショップ BonVelo(ボンベロ)_MTB

    Mount Fuji Downhill has mountain bikes delivered all the way up to Mount Fuji’s 5th station so you can ride down without stopping. This new activity is aimed at people who’ve made the effort to go to Mount Fuji and want to have some fun. Daisuke Imanaka, the first Japanese person to compete in Tour de France, was appointed as the project adviser of this activity, which is sparking much attention.

     富士山サイクルアクティビティショップ BonVelo(ボンベロ)TRS1

    The shop’s name bon velo is French and means ‘good bicycle.’ Each activity they have on offer makes use of high grade mountain bikes and electronic sports bikes that can ride for you.

    For example, if you take on the Mount Fuji Downhill Subaru Line course, a mountain bike will be delivered to the 5th Station at the entrance of the Yoshida Trail on Mount Fuji. From there, you will cycle down to the bottom, offering a truly special experience that you can’t easily get anywhere else.

     富士山サイクルアクティビティショップ BonVelo(ボンベロ)

    In some other courses, like the Hill Climb course, you’ll get to use an e-bike. Since they are equipped with a motor, you won’t have to exert yourself, meaning even bike beginners or novices can enjoy themselves. You can even enjoy your ride as a couple or with friends.

    Another great aspect is that there are plenty of activities for people of all levels, as well as people of all ages.

    Experience the thrill of cycling down Mount Fuji yourself!

    Information

    BonVelo

    Plans & Prices:

    ・Mount Fuji Downhill Subaru Line Course

    High Grade Mountain Bike w/ Semi Fat Tires

    Time Required: 2-3 Hours

    Distance: Approximately 30km

    Price: ¥12,000 per person

    This downhill course plan will deliver the bike and user to Mount Fuji’s 5th Station at the Yoshida entrance.

    ・Mount Fuji Downhill Umagaeshi Course

    High Grade Mountain Bike w/ Semi Fat Tires

    Time Required: 2-3 Hours

    Distance: Approximately 17km

    Price: ¥9,800 per person

    This downhill course plan will deliver the bike and user to Yoshida Umagaeshi on Mount Fuji.

    ・Mount Fuji Hill Climb Course

    Electronic Sports Bike w/ Semi Fat Tires OR High Grade Mountain Bike

    Time Required: 4-5 Hours

    Distance: Approximately 60km

    Price: ¥10,000 per person (e-bikes are an additional ¥5,000)

    This plan is a round trip course from the shop to the Subaru Line on Mount Fuji.

    ・Lake Kawaguchi Pottering Course

    Electronic Sports Bike w/ Semi Fat Tires OR High Grade Mountain Bike

    Time Required: 2-3 Hours

    Distance: Approximately 24km

    Price: ¥3,000 per person (e-bikes are an additional ¥5,000)

    This course plan is a cruise cycle from the shop around Lake Kawaguchi at Mount Fuji.

    Website: http://bonvelo.jp

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