- HOSHINOYA Karuizawa
Morning Forest Private Bird-watching Tour at HOSHINOYA Karuizawa
- HOSHINOYA Karuizawa
Starting from 22 March to 31 May 2021, a private bird-watching course will be hosted for a limited period of time at HOSHINOYA Karuizawa. This is an activity exclusive to a pair of guests per day and is a tour to find wild birds within the Karuizawa Wild Bird s
Sanctuary, where wild animal experts at Picchio will guide guests through the forest. It is hosted for a pair of guests per day so the beautiful morning forest is available only to a limited number of people.
Karuizawa is located on the southern foot of Mount Asama and it is rich in nature with abundant water, vegetation and clean air. The Karuizawa Wild Bird Sanctuary is adjacent to HOSHINOYA Karuizawa and is designated as one of the four wild bird forests in Japan because various wild bird species are present throughout the year. Spring is the mating season and the wild birds that have spent the winter in southern countries fly to Karuizawa. There are about 25 species observed at most during this season. One of the courtship rituals for male wild birds is singing and they are particularly active after sunrise. The forest itself is an extraordinary place right after sunrise because there are only a few people and the sound of nature is the only sound that echoes. We decided to host an activity for those who have been under stress from many restrictions so that guests can feel liberated from the stress through bird-watching during the early morning, when the forest is at its most beautiful state.
Characteristic 1: The feeling of having the morning forest all to yourself
The Karuizawa Wild Bird Sanctuary is a vast forest of about 100 hectares. Rich nature still remains and about 80 different kinds of wild birds can be observed every year. The time at which this activity is hosted is when there are only a few people so the soothing sounds of the wind and birds can be heard. Also, in Karuizawa, the cold temperature remains even in spring, where the different in temperature during the night and day allows a high chance of morning fog to appear in the forest. As the sunlight hits the morning fog through the gaps between the trees, a mystical, one-of-a-kind experience can be enjoyed.
Characteristic 2: Wild birds specific to the spring seasonBlue-and-white flycatcher
March through May is the mating season for wild birds that have spent the winter in southern countries and have landed in Karuizawa. There are about 25 species observed at most during this season and wild birds of various colors can be observed. One of the courtship rituals for male wild birds is singing and they are particularly active after sunrise, where they all sing at the same time. This is the only season to be able to watch these birds acts this way so the rarity of what can be observed and the beautiful singing of the birds will surely sooth the hearts of people.
Characteristic 3: Private tour by staff of Picchio
The tour is guided by the staff at Picchio, where experts of wild animals gather. You will be guided by staff who can tell the type of species just by listening to the chirping of the birds and is of course knowledgeable on the Karuizawa Wild Bird Sanctuary and loves wilds life. They will guide you to the right places, where the animals are most likely to appear so that you won’t miss a thing in the forest.
About the Morning Forest Private Bird-watching Tour
Time period: 22 March 2021 – 31 May 2021
Price: 28,000 JPY per person (excluding tax and accommodation fees)
Place: Karuizawa Wild Bird Sanctuary
Time: 5:00 am to 6:30 am (90 minutes)
Capacity: A pair of guest per day (up to 4 people)
Reservation: Accepted 2 days before the day of tour
Available to: Guests staying at HOSHINOYA Karuizawa
>Time may vary depending on the time of sunrise
>Binoculars, wild bird encyclopedias, jacket, shoes, rain coats, rain boots available for rental
>Must be at the age of 4 or above
>Unavailable during Japanese “Golden Week” (Around 29 April 2021 – 5 May 2021)
>Hosted on rainy days but cancelled on stormy weather
>Not open to those using a baby strollers and wheelchairs
Reference: Actions against coronavirus with respect to the management of health and hygiene at all properties of Hoshino Resorts
>Confirmation of health upon check-in
Our staff will be checking body temperatures and asking for travel histories upon check-in for all guests. If a guest has a temperature of 37.5 degrees Celsius or higher, we will follow the instructions of the public health center and act accordingly, which may result in a withhold of stay.
>Addition of disinfection procedures to the cleaning of rooms and public areas
In particular, for the cleaning of all guest rooms, alkaline electronic water will be used to disinfect areas that are most often touched such as doorknobs, handles of wardrobes and refrigerators, remote controls, switches, etc.
>Availability of alcohol-based disinfectants at multiple locations around a property
>Alcohol-based disinfectants to be used upon arrival at restaurants for all guests
> High-temperature washing (above 80 degrees Celsius) of tableware (plates and glass) and cutlery, and disinfection of trays.
>Masks to be worn by all staff members
>Management of health and hygiene of staff members (checking and recording temperatures before work).
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