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22/04/2013 09:15 | By Lauren Rayner, contributor, MSN Travel
Earth Day: glamorous eco-friendly stays

Hoshinoya Karuizawa, Japan

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Beside the Tombo-no-yu hot springs at the foot of a volcano and surrounded by lush maple forests, you’ll find it hard to believe you’re just an hour from Tokyo’s chaos. The peaceful Hoshinoya Karuizawa is a traditional ryokan with a minimalist, contemporary twist. The secluded resort harnesses geothermal heat from the spring and hydroelectricity from the mountain streams, making it almost energy independent. Its conservation programme works to protect bears in the region, and runs twilight nature tours among thousands of fireflies.

Rooms from £432.

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22/04/2013 15:47

Eco friendly my eye! 

With the prices being charged at these hotels only the rich will be able to sample their delights.  What about the pollution from their private jets and helicopter transfers? 

They will have the best food flown in from all over the world.

They are just expensive hotels with marketing to attract the psuedo 'friends of the earth'.

23/04/2013 11:35
Agree with Peter Mender . I would also add that MSN has far too many of these  "aspirational" items on its website , targeting a  type of person that does not really exist except inside the fantasies of MSN employees and media luvvies. See also  the Independent and Guardian colour supplements.
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