Visit the Yumoto Onsen area, the headspring of the hotel’s thermal spa waters. Hike along forest and lakeside trails, and take in the beauty of Lake Yuno, a tranquil body of water that’s fed by the natural springs.
JPY 9,000 per person
Enjoy spectacular views of the nature all around you right in front of the hotel as you glide across Lake Chuzenji on a stand-up paddleboard. Both SUPs for solo rides and five-meter (16-foot) boards that are fun for couples, friends, and families with little ones are offered.
JPY 9,500 per person
Slip a light inflatable packraft into your backpack and set out on a scenic lakeside route to any number of choice spots on shore. Then, inflate and board the vessel for your very own private cruise, with unbeatable views of Mount Nantai and the vast open sky of Okunikko stretching above.
Wednesdays & Sundays / 90 minutes
JPY 8,000 per person
Board the day’s featured watercraft for an evening paddle on Lake Chuzenji as the setting sun gives way to the deep stillness of the moonlit sky. Weather willing, there’ll be a magical show of stars, too—one of the great treats of a vacation in Okunikko.
Everyday 10 a.m. / 2 hours
JPY 8,500 per person
At Chuzenji Temple, a sanctuary dating back to 784 and affiliated with the World Heritage Rinnoji Temple, engage in a writing meditation by copying an image of Guanyin or a wellness sutra related to the bodhisattva of compassion. Then, witness the burning of holy cedar sticks in a dynamic goma fire ceremony. The rhythmic chanting of monks and snap-crackling flames will transport you to an otherworldly place of tradition and mysticism.
Wednesdays & Sundays from 7:15 a.m.
Start your day by connecting with the breath in this morning zazen practice—a meditative discipline of sitting to calm the mind, let go of distractions, and look inward to foster insight. Leading the session is a monk from the nearby Chuzenji Temple.
2 Guests: JPY 40,000
3 Guests: JPY 54,000
4 Guests: JPY 64,000
Parties of more than 4: JPY 64,000 + JPY 16,000 per additional person
*Solo participants must pay the two-person fee.
Encounter Shugendo, an ascetic religious tradition that draws on Taoist, Buddhist and Shinto beliefs. First, purify yourself with incense, then hike to three secluded waterfalls of the Kirifuri highlands. Try the centuries-old takigyo practice of standing beneath a cascade to purify the body-mind. You’ll come away feeling refreshed by the spiritual energy of the mountain.
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays from 1:00 p.m.
JPY 20,000 per person
Stroll the precincts of UNESCO World Heritage sites Rinnoji Temple and the Toshogu and Futarasan and Shrines. At Toshogu, enjoy a guided tour of the complex led by a Shinto priest and shrine maiden, and experience a purification ritual in an ornately decorated chamber once reserved for use by the Tokugawa shoguns. Included in this excursion are visits to the three sacred cedar trees of Takio Shrine, an auxiliary shrine of Futarasan; and Kanmangafuchi, a riverside footpath lined with 70 stone statues of Jizo, the patron saint of travelers and children.
JPY 10,000 per person
At Futarasan Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage site, enjoy a guided tour and view a ceremonial kagura dance performed by a shrine maiden. Accompanied by taiko drumming and a traditional bamboo wind instrument, this ritual offering to the Shinto gods expresses appreciation for bountiful crops and fishing and overall wellness.