Mid-November is normally the time when wild bears begin to retreat into hibernation after several weeks of stuffing themselves with acorns and chestnuts (they’re omnivores, remember). If you’re envious of these creatures for being able to eat their fill and simply lumber off for the longest sleep of the year, you could consider booking a hibernation pod at the Hoshino Resort in Karuizawa.
From November 14 to February 28, the resort is installing Cacoon pods that are suspended from trees in its surrounding forest. The pods are a cross between a tent and a hammock, filled with blankets and cushions to keep you warm in the winter air. Hot water bottles are also available upon request.
You can use these super comfy pods between 11am and 3pm each day for ¥2,500 per person (two can share a pod), and it includes lunch from any of the six restaurants in the area. There are French, Italian, Chinese and Japanese restaurants to choose from, but the hotel recommends the Aged Miso Hamburg Steak topped with a generous layer of melted cheese from the Village Restaurant closest to the hammocks. You’ll also be given a honey walnut snack to enjoy in the pod as you read a book or look out at the surrounding snow-covered scenery.
Oh, in case you’re wondering, these hibernation pods are open to the public, not just limited to hotel guests. So better get booking.
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