Photo: PR Times

Why stay at a hotel in Japan when you can rent this entire mountain instead?

By Casey Baseel, SoraNews24

When the hustle and bustle of city life is getting to be too much for you, there’s no better way to refresh yourself than with a trip up into the mountains. Sometimes in Japan, though, even the mountains are crowded.

You can try to avoid alpine congestion by picking less-known peaks to visit, but if you want to be sure that your communion with nature won’t be intruded upon by anyone not on your invited guest list, you can now rent an entire mountain on Japan’s southwest island of Kyushu.


Mt Toyama is located in the town of Nichinan, Miyazaki Prefecture, and if you’re looking for some very spacious travel accommodations, you can rent the entire thing under a service called Rental Mountain Yama (yama being the Japanese word for “mountain”). You also get a cabin in which to stay, but since it’s the only one on the mountain, Mt Toyama is yours during your stay between your check-in time of 3 p.m. and check out at 10 the next morning.


Features include a covered deck with hammocks and barbecue equipment, so you can have a cookout as you rent out the mountain. If it’s too chilly to dine alfresco, there’s also a large indoor kitchen and a Franklin stove-style fire place.



While the cabin’s design is primarily Western-style, there’s a nice Japanese touch with an open-air rotenburo bath with a view of your mountain’s forests.


The cabin has two bedrooms, and operator King Tourism Japan says it can accommodate a maximum of 10 guests at one time, in case you want to allow some friends and/or family into your mountain domain.


▼ Preview video for the Rental Mountain Yama service

If you’d like to be king or queen of the mountain for a day, Rental Mountain Yama’s online reservation page can be found here.

Sources: PR TimesRental Mountain Yama official website

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Ah so, if you can swing it do it! If plots you are looking into are not on the grid or not nearby you MIGHT have to pay everything yourself to get connected etc which includes clearing any trees etc paying for all utility poles, can get expensive fast so definitely watch that one, they might also insist roads need to be widened. I found one spot way back & it was all of the above that made it a no go for me.

Also look for used places, you might find a sweet deal & save a ton versus doing everything from the ground up yourself

Hope you can make it happen!

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Looks nice, I live in a log house, while not on a mountain I am on the yama above local rice fields, my front yard is a "forest" I made myself starting in 2006

Sounds fantastic. Have thought about doing the same at some point. Log cabin, with a fire pit and maybe sleeping space in a loft mezzanine, and of course an engawa verandah.

There's plenty of space where I am thinking of, but the connection to the utilities might be an issue.

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Looks nice, I live in a log house, while not on a mountain I am on the yama above local rice fields, my front yard is a "forest" I made myself starting in 2006, have a nice fire pit, as I type I am outside on the deck with a cold one. Have a wood stove & have about 3yrs worth of wood stacked up & some that needs chainsawing & chopping, always ongoing.

Tons of critters in the yard, saw three different kinds of snakes yesterday, two of which were venomous & one of the two is BOTH venomous & poisonous, very cool & two days ago while at the fire a tanuki or hakobishin stopped by to say hello.

And I can drive & be in Tokyo in an hour. You can make your own nice getaway or like me your year round home similar to this mountain if you want & its MUCH cheaper than owning anything in the city

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Nice cabin. There are rental cabins all over Japan, but a deck as large as that and the outdoor bath are rare. The big trend in Japan is glamping, but this looks better value.

That's a woodstove by the way, basically a metal box, not a Franklin fireplace.

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1-4 people a night Y80 000, still a little steep, but not terrible.

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must cost an arm and a leg

If I was super rich, I'd probably look into buying it.

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