A secluded resort in Japan’s ancient forest
This hotel is eco all over. Set in the thrall to of a rocky volcano, the hotel harnesses the sulfuric heat generated below the soil to create geothermal power. It also captures the flow of the fast streams and rivers to create hydroelectricity. Special “onsen” (Japanese hot springs) are available for you to rejuvenate yourself in as part of the gentle Japanese spa. Special eco tours are available; they leave in the morning, afternoon and evening and allow you to catch a glimpse of rare species such as the flying squirrel. The tours are part of the hotel’s own non-profit organization which busies itself caring for the natural environment and protecting the black bears that live in the hills and forests. Your private cottage is specially designed to keep cool in summer without the need for harsh air conditioning. Wake in the morning and watch mist rise from the valleys like vapor from green tea.