These resorts will keep you cool during Japan’s sweltering summer

These resorts will keep you cool during Japan’s sweltering summer

No sweat

Text: Janice Sim

Image: Hoshino Resorts

Can't stand the heat? Book yourself a stay at these gorgeous hideouts

With the daily wrath we get from the sun here on our shores, facing more sweltering heat on a holiday is possibly the last thing we want.  Don't get us wrong, we love the Land of the Rising Sun — as long as it isn't during summer, where temperatures can soar up to 31 degrees Celsius in the months of June, July and August. But thanks to Hoshino Resorts, you can now beat the heat at their acclaimed establishments situated in higher pastures, where cooler climates (it can drop to a low 20 degrees Celsius) can be found even during summer. Did we make it just in time for your upcoming trip? You can thank us later.


Just an hour away via bullet train from Tokyo lies the pristine HOSHINOYA Karuizawa. Based at the foot of Mt. Asama, the resort is set in a rural village nestled along the Yukawa River where only tranquility resides. Think trickling sounds of water, rustling trees and a view fronting lush paddy fields — here's your golden ticket to living within the serene walls of Mother Nature. Putting a modern spin on the traditional Japanese ryokan, the rooms here are designed to be spacious and minimalistic. And what's a ryokan without a relaxing onsen? All their baths (public and private ones available) are filled with mineral-rich, natural hot spring water.  If you're not exactly keen on taking a dip, indulge in their therapeutic spa treatments, housed in one of their exquisite villas or in the privacy of your own room. One thing's for sure, we won't ever want to leave this secluded haven.   

Hoshino, Karuizawa-machi, Nagano 389-0194


With camping, there's always a tradeoff — yes, you get to enjoy barbecues and roast marshmallows over a toasty fire out in the woods, but there's also the downside of inconvenient bathroom facilities, pesky bugs, and having to clean up. But here's where those cons end. Behold glamping (glamourous camping) in Japan, where the best of both worlds collide, as you sleep out in the open with the amenities of a top-notch hotel. At HOSHINOYA Fuji, luxurious cabins are built in the middle of woody pastures, with each individual abode showcasing a different view and equipped with a roaring fireplace outdoors. Imagine waking up to the majestic view of Lake Kawaguchi and the majestic Mt. Fuji — now that's what we call a spectacular start to the day.

1408 Oishi, Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Minami Tsuru-gun, Yamanashi, 401-0305

Hoshino Resorts RISONARE Yatsugatake

Set in the picturesque Yatsugatake, Hoshino Resorts RISONARE Yatsugatake is one that will definitely strike a chord with wine aficionados. Touted as a wine resort, it isn't just a venue for sipping on the fine wines of Yatsugatake, but also offers distillery tours and lessons on how to pair fine Italian cuisine with that glass of red. Everything from the periwinkle hues on your bedroom walls, to spa treatments infused with wine grapes, promises be an exclusive experience you'll never forget. 

129-1 Kobuchizawa-cho, Hokuto-shi, Yamanashi, 408-0044