Luxury campground combines hygge with healing power of Japanese forest – Business Insider
Called ‘Nordisk Hygge Circles,’ the park will sit at the base of a mountain near waterfalls in the Ugakei natural area outside of Inabe to east of Kyoto. It is currently scheduled to open in the spring.
The proposal won a regenerative tourism competition launched by Danish outdoor gear company Nordisk in partnership with the city of Inabe, Japan. The design team consists of Danish architects Third Nature, Japanese engineering company Structured Environment, and sustainability experts from Danish consultancy firm Henrik Innovation.
The project’s partners define ‘hygge’ as a feeling of contentment resulting from togetherness and living in the moment.
“The world ‘hygge’ is derived from ancient Nordic language, and at its core, we find two aspects that are of particular interest to the design team. It is about togetherness (hugga), and it is about reflection (hyggja),” Third Nature wrote in a release.
Alex, a woman of Danish descent who writes the travel and lifestyle blog Hygge House, dives into the nuances of the word on her website. Hygge “requires consciousness, a certain slowness, and the ability to not just be present – but recognize and enjoy the present,” she wrote.
Erik J. Møller, CEO of project team member Nordisk, told Business Insider that, between relaxation sites like a meditation platform and nature areas, the park is designed to encourage guests “just to be and to live in the now.”
The park will consist of three distinct areas. The first: an overnight zone with reservable cabins and Nordisk-brand glamping tents. Adjacent to the overnight field will be a ‘learning field,’ and pitch-your-own-tent campsites will run north along a creek.
In the Learning Field, guests will be able to take workshops inspired by nature and sustainability, such as learning how to build a fire and carving their own chopsticks out of wood, Møller told Business Insider. Source: Third Nature