The Kunisaki Peninsula is imbued with a placid spirituality embodied by 1,300 year-old…
Kokopelli riding stables are enviably located in Taketa’s Kuju Kogen, a highland National Park with some of the grandest scenery in Japan. To one side are the towering mountains of the Kuju Renzan Massif, to the other is the distant collection of peaks that form Mt. Aso. In between are Kuju’s expansive grasslands, ideal equestrian country.
Kokopelli’s boss has spent a lifetime around horses and a passionate exponent of western-style riding. So much so that he has visited the USA on over fifty occasions to pursue his horsemanship. He and his staff create a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, which is matched by their stable of American Quarter Horses; a breed known for being gentle and willing. They welcome young and old, beginners through experienced riders, and select terrain and pace to suit everyone’s ability and interests. Kokopelli will also tailor riding experiences upon request but for this booking in advance is essential.
Meals and refreshments can be enjoyed on the trail at the neighbouring Kuju Kogen Winery and Resonate Club Kuju hotel, when the boss will regale you with his experience on horseback. These include his appearance dressed as a samurai warrior on the set of Akira Kurosawa’s cinematic masterpiece Ran, which was filmed in nearby Kokonoe.
At a glance
Western-style horse riding in some of Japan's best scenery.