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Hoshino Area has long been a place where many great writers and artists have come to enjoy a life filled with nature, and the beauty of the changing seasons.Relax and enrich your soul with a wholesome resort experience.
Some stores may be closed some days due to maintenance.
Use of chartered bus stops and parking lots is by reservation only. Buses without reservations will not be allowed to load/unload passengers or park.
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Immerse yourself in the open-air bath at the foot of the mountain and take in the spectacular view. The open glass windows of the spacious and open-plan indoor bath also offer calming views outside. Not only staying guests also visitors can enjoy Onsen.
Video of how to bath in a hot spring
Facilities: Open-air bath, indoor bath, sauna, cold water bath
Open: 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. (Last admission 9:15 p.m.)
※Closed on 9th-19th Jan. 2024
Price: Adult ¥1,350 Child ¥800 (An excess seasonal charge applies)
*As a general rule, those with tattoos are not allowed to bath. However, we make an exception where the tattoos can be concealed by four covering stickers (8 x 10cm).
Sonmin-Shokudo offers a delicious dining experience and great hospitality.You can enjoy set meals or a la carte dishes made using seasonal ingredients.
A pond in a forest becomes a skating rink when it freezes. You can enjoy skating while viewing snow clad Mount Asama.
There are sleds for use on the ice, so even beginners can relax and enjoy skating.
Operating period: 20th Oct. 2023 – 3rd Mar. 2024(scheduled, It may change depending on the weather)
Closing days:10th-12th Jan./ 15th-19th Jan. 2024
Open: 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Price: Adult: ¥1,900; Child: ¥1,300 (includes rental skates)
Enjoying shopping and a good meal is a fine way to spend a leisurely time in our resort area. Unique and well-selected shops and restaurants await your visit.
【Restaurants】11:00a.m. – 10:00p.m.(Last order 9:00p.m)
【Shops】10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
*Operating time changes depending on seasons and shops
French restaurant & Deli,Wine shop
Bakery & Restaurant
Café & Spice shop
Japanese-style confectionery shop
Café & book store
Natural materials furniture,bedding,clothing
Selected artifact gallery
Wooden goods shop
Selected Nordic goods shop
Garden & Outdoor Living
Handmade Ring Workshop
An experienced “Picchio” eco-tour guide will lead you through the natural forest for a truly unique experience. Birds,
flowers and insects in the forest will show many different aspects of their daily existence.
Nature Watching Tour in daytime : start 10:00 a.m./*1:30 p.m.
*This slot is available only during special periods.
Night Hiking Tour : starting time varies with each season.
Please ask for details.
Like a night at your best friend’s house, this is an easygoing, laid-back hotel free from time constraints or obligations. Kick back and relax in your comfiest clothes with a drink and some snacks at the always-open “TAMARIBA” lounge for as long as you’d like.
Hoshino Onsen opened its doors in 1915 in Karuizawa, a popular summer retreat where many celebrities and missionaries from overseas had built their holiday houses. Around 1921, the representatives of Japanese literature chose this land as their place of sojourn. While enjoying their stay in Karuizawa, they held lessons where they could lead free and active discussions to pursue spiritual richness independently of religion or ideology, and together they ushered in a new age for culture and thought.
In the 50s and 60s, the founder of the ‘Wild Bird Society of Japan’ chose this place to stay, and described the forest next to the Hoshino Area as a wild bird treasure trove. Afterwards, the forest was named part of the National Wild bird Sanctuary, and the guided bird watching tours of the time are now part of the ‘Picchio’ eco tours.
Even nowadays, about 80 different wild bird species can be seen in the Karuizawa Wild Bird Sanctuary. Among the varied wild flora and fauna inhabiting it, we find the flying squirrel, the Japanese serow, or the moon bear. The melting snow from the gorgeous Mt.Asama, north of Karuizawa, becomes the Yukawa-river flowing across the Hoshino Area. When taking a stroll, make sure to listen to the pleasant murmur of the stream.
Hoshino Area is a relaxing area that makes good use of the surrounding nature and landscape. Be it the area’s peculiarities, or workshops and other events, new discoveries to tickle your curiosity are awaiting no matter when you come. Experience resort life in a rich natural environment: take your time and enjoy the hot springs, the meals, or even a shopping trip.