Glamping Villa Hanz: Where Tradition Meets Modern Luxury in the Heart of Japan

Nestled in the serene beauty of Japan’s Fuji Five Lakes region, Glamping Villa Hanz Kawaguchiko offers an unparalleled retreat amidst nature’s splendour. Surrounded by the tranquil waters of Lake Kawaguchiko and awe-inspiring vistas of Mount Fuji, this haven beckons travellers to unwind and reconnect with the outdoors. Embracing the ethos of “Relax if you can,” the villa fosters a harmonious atmosphere, encouraging communication and experiential learning.

From cosy half-timbered villas to igloo-like Pao tents and a restored traditional Japanese Guest House, accommodation choices cater to varied preferences, each offering modern comforts intertwined with cultural nuances. With a plethora of outdoor activities ranging from guided forest tours to water sports and star-gazing, Glamping Villa Hanz promises an immersive and soul-nourishing experience amidst the wonders of nature. This unique destination emerges from a rich history spanning nearly two decades, marked by determination, meticulous planning, and a deep commitment to preserving Japan’s traditional architecture and way of life.

Established in 2005 with the acquisition of a former onsen facility, Glamping Villa Hanz began its journey with a vision to redefine luxury hospitality. Overcoming challenges such as the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy in 2008, the team pressed forward, envisioning a guest house-style Jjimjilbang, a traditional Korean bathhouse and a sauna-cantered resort inspired by the Therme Vals thermal baths in Switzerland. The dream expanded further to include the creation of a kiln-style sauna and cottage facility, makibi, celebrating the harmony of “Fire and Water” and the essence of “Return to Nature/Slowlife.”

In 2014, Glamping Villa Hanz took a significant step forward with the acquisition of three traditional Japanese houses, including the illustrious Ogasawara House and the revered Itakura Folk Museum. Each structure was meticulously restored, blending centuries-old craftsmanship with modern amenities. The Ogasawara House, dating back to the 1550s and rebuilt during the Tenpō Reforms in 1840, now stands as the Honkan, boasting a rare Kirizuma-zukuri style roof and a dynamic Fukinuke atrium, offering guests a glimpse into Japan’s feudal past. The word Honkan can be literally translated to “Main Buildling”. It is the first building that the guests see when entering the resort. It is also the building that has a wine cellar, Japanese style bath, bar, and the terrace to enjoy breakfast with the view of Mt. Fuji.

The architecture of the Honkan reflects the intricate craftsmanship of its time, boasting rare features like the dynamic Fukinuke atrium and the traditional Zashiki rooms adorned with Japanese calligraphy. The Ogasawara clan’s illustrious history, from their role as protectors of Shinano province to their revival during the Azuchi-Momoyama period, is woven into the very fabric of Glamping Villa Hanz.

Complementing the Honkan is the Guest House, housed within the Itakura Folk Museum, a symbol of Meiji-era architecture in Joetsu Niigata. Renowned for its Chumon-Zukuri style and Kayabuki-yane thatched roof, the Guest House offers guests a glimpse into rural Japanese life while providing modern amenities for a comfortable stay.

We wanted to preserve the essence of Japanese tradition while offering guests a luxurious retreat,” says the team behind Glamping Villa Hanz. “Our aim is to provide an immersive experience where guests can reconnect with nature and immerse themselves in the rich cultural heritage of Japan.”

Located in the picturesque surroundings of Kawaguchiko, Glamping Villa Hanz offers more than just a retreat; it’s a sanctuary for weary souls seeking respite from the hustle and bustle of city life. With its proximity to Mount Fuji, onsen resorts, and a plethora of outdoor activities, the resort beckons travellers to explore the wonders of the region.

At Glamping Villa Hanz, the journey is as enriching as the destination. From its humble beginnings to its current incarnation as a haven of tranquillity, the resort stands as a testament to the enduring spirit of Japanese heritage and hospitality. For those seeking an escape from the hustle and bustle of urban life, Glamping Villa Hanz offers an oasis of tranquillity, where the past and present harmonize to create unforgettable memories.

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Prices from ¥32,128 / £176** per Pao sleeping two people per night on a room only basis. Breakfast ¥2,373 / £13 pp.

Prices from ¥40,890 / £224 per room in a Villa sleeping two people per night on a room only basis. Breakfast ¥2,373 / £13 pp.

Prices from ¥375,866 / £2,059 for five bedrooms in the guest house sleeping 10 people per night. . Breakfast ¥2,373 Yen / £13 pp.

For more information about Glamping Villa Hanz, please visit: Home – Glamping Villa Hanz (gv-hanz.com)


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