Would you like to have a unique experience in Japan? See Mount Fuji from a different angle? Why not get on a horse and take a trip around this fantastic Word Heritage Site. I promise you won’t regret it!
Kiso is a small breed of horse, which is popular in Japan. So much so, that many Japanese ranches, such as Koydai Kiso horse ranch, specialize in the breed.
The ranch is location in Koyodai: the wooded surroundings of Kawakuchi, which is in the foothills of Mt Fuji. On a clear day, you will be able to see this beautiful peak with a majestic view over the forest.
After the horses have been saddled up, they are led to a platform with steps. All you need to do to mount a horse is to climb the steps and settle onto the horses back.
You will then leave the ranch, along a small country road that leads towards Koyodai’s forest paths. You will ride through this magestic forrest until you reach a wide clearing that makes way for an impressive vista of Mt Fuji.
If you prefer something more adventurous you may also try horseback archery: a traditional sport and cultural pastime in Japan.
Kiso ranch is not set up specifically for foreigners, but is undoubtedly open and welcoming to all visitors. You’ll have ample opportunity to practice your Japanese language skills but this shouldn’t put off non Japanese speakers. Kiso ranch gives visitors a uniquely Japanese horseback riding experience, with very kind company: made even more special by the glorious backdrop of Mt Fuji.
Visit the ranch yourself:
The sixty minute extensive forest course is ¥7500 but other trail options are also available. Courses can be arranged for two or more people.
Getting there from Tokyo:
Shinjuku to Ostuki is sixty minutes by Kaiji Limited Express. Then take the Fujikyu Railway from Ostuki to Fujikyu Highland. This takes another 50 minutes.