Fuji View Hotel, Kawaguchiko
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Boasting an extensive 100,000 square metre garden; a lakeside position beside Lake Kawaguchi (Kawaguchiko), the prettiest of the five Fuji lakes; and great views of Japan’s most famous and highest mountain, Mount Fuji, the Fuji View Hotel at Lake Kawaguchi is the perfect base from which to discover this spectacular part of Japan.
One of the main attractions of the Fuji View Hotel is the previously mentioned garden, a truly wonderful place for a relaxing stroll along its 1.6km lakefront footpath. Outdoors, guests can also enjoy two tennis courts and a 10-hole golf course (all at an extra charge). Clubs, rackets and balls are all included, so there’s no need to bring any equipment.
As the hotel is part of the Lake Kawaguchi Onsen Village, the hotel also boasts its own hot springs, known as onsen. Bathing in hot springs is a popular Japanese pastime, and here you can enjoy it in the hotel’s open-air baths, with saunas also available.
At the Fuji View Hotel Kawaguchiko you can enjoy dining on both Japanese and international cuisines from around the world. Start your day with a breakfast buffet at the Fuji View Lounge, offering up to forty breakfast choices, both Japanese and Western. For lunch or afternoon tea with a view, look no further than La Venue, a relaxed garden lounge cafe with large windows looking out onto the marvellous gardens. Choose from a range of coffees and Japanese teas to drink, as well as lunch options such as hamburgers, steaks and sandwiches.
For your evening meal, you have two fantastic options at the Fuji View Hotel. Both make the most of the local ingredients produced from the foothills of Fuji and the local area. You’ll find elegant French cuisine at Bellevue, offering both a fixed and an a la carte menu, with dishes including beef stew and rainbow trout meuniere. Shikishima, meanwhile, offers an opportunity to sample the delicate, formal and traditional Japanese cuisine known as Kaiseki. A multi-course dinner consisting of multiple skilfully-prepared dishes made from the finest ingredients, kaiseki dining normally includes a soup, sashimi, a grilled course, a rice dish, and sake.