This article is republished by courtesy of Relux Magazine.
In 2018, the Fukuroi, Shizuoka resort, “Katsuragi Kitanomaru” celebrated its 40th anniversary. The Relux Editorial Department will tell you all about the charm of Katsuragi Kitanomaru, situated among a quiet forest, featuring both the traditional beauty of Japanese architecture and contemporary sensibility.
Listen to the quietness of the forest. A luxury holiday for adults.
Katsuragi Kitanomaru was developed by the Yamaha group. This inn, standing in Fukuroi, Shizuoka was born after relocating an old, historical private house. It is a resort for adults with luxurious space where "craftsmanship" breathes, and the traditional beauty of Japanese architecture is interspersed everywhere among modern sensibilities. The resort was named after the comfortable space "Kitanomaru" which is one of the castles, and the locality of Kuzu, under the concept of "Accommodation that treats the Lord."
The Kitanomaru guest rooms consist of four buildings, Fuji, Aoi, Sakura, and Hagi, dismantled and relocated old houses that endured heavy snow in the Hokuriku region of Japan. The delicate interior design and furnishings make use of pillars made from long-aged, precious woods, providing guests supreme comfort. There are also plenty of bathroom amenities which make it an especially welcoming place for women. Additionally, a wisteria trellis is set up on the garden side of Fuji, and you can enjoy beautiful flowering wisteria (in Japanese, ‘fuji’) flowers from late April to May as the room name suggests.
Savor seafood and mountain vegetables side by side
"Taste the season of a far away place in one dish." The cuisine offered at Kitanomaru features local ingredients, seasonal cuisine boasting with pride. There is fresh shellfish and local vegetables gathered from Suruga Bay, dinner with Shizuoka beef, and sake. As the evening curtains descend, the scenery of the garden and the natural forest weaving together are enveloped in light.
Kitanomaru’s sake is an exquisite complement to the food. Of course, they use local sake from Fukuroi, 100% Yamada Nishiki Daiginjo sake "Kitanomaru", as well as a wide variety of wines from around the world. A sommelier will select so that you will experience a delicious marriage of tastes. Let's gracefully enjoy the luxury that only adults can taste.
In order to taste the best wine at peak condition, it is preserved at the sake brewery (wine cellar) in the hotel. Maintaining the storage environment so that the preset temperature can be kept at 12 to 14 degrees Celsius and the humidity at 70-75%, they take great care to keep the guests’ favorite drinks. Please relish upwards of 150 kinds of wines selected from domestic and overseas brands.
Enjoy a garden and a hot bath with nature
At Kitanomaru, there are three hot spots. "Yuzo," with an old-fashioned bathtub in old-tree beams and pillars, stone-shaped bathtub in the shape of a pot and a bamboo forest Japanese garden, "Yudon" for enjoying a rich outdoor bath, using grain used pillars and ceilings. "Yuya" is a spot of healing where the shades of the colors stand out. The spot that is specially recommended however, is "Yuzo". The heavy construction recalls the image of a mansion with beautiful old fashioned space that is made up of pillars and beams of an old private house spread. If you listen to the leaves of the bamboo grove shaking in the wind and the hum of the season's insects, you will feel like you’ve returned home. Let's enjoy a "Seasonal Hotspring Cure" sound.
Another one of the pleasures of spending time in Kitanomaru is falling in love with the scenery that the garden and natural forest weave. View a well maintained garden and nearly untouched natural forest. The fresh air and the greenery colored with a clear sky will clear your chest.
Visit a firefly village
Go to a hot spring, partake in delicious food and drink etc, and once the sun goes down, let's go to the firefly village, which is an annual early summer tradition. Fukuroi is famous for seeing natural genji fireflies in the firefly village here. Take the shuttle car and go to the firefly village, where you will find countless fireflies are waiting. The further you go upstream, the more fireflies you will encounter, and the more fantastic the sight will be awaiting you. How about such a nostalgic countryside experience?
※ Best time to view: late May - early June (depending on the climate)
Let's feel the beauty of Japan
Kanzaki Kitanomaru is truly a place where the Yamaha group cultivated the sensuality and traditional beauty of Japanese architecture. Listen to the sounds of nature, insects buzzing on the vast grounds. Take time to relax and feel the beauty of Japan. Color, fragrance, texture -. There are flavors that cannot be changed by anything, and the expressions of the trees breathe through over a several hundred decades. Why not enjoy a perfect time in here?
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