This hotel has only 19 rooms but the sea view is guaranteed by everyone: Guntû is a luxury cruise ship that crosses the Seto Inland Sea in Setouchi, Japan, about 100 miles west of Osaka.
The ship, which was named after a local species of blue crab, was designed by architect Yasushi Horibe as ryokan, a kind of traditional Japanese guesthouse. Wood dominates the minimalist interiors without clutter, created to convey the sense of serenity and disconnection from urban life.
"I would be very happy if the passengers who come with us are able to experience the luxury of time – luxury to do nothing," Yasushi Horibe told CNN.
Sushi is the star of the menu, supervised by Nobuo Sakamoto from the reputation of the Nobu Restaurant of Awajishima, and focuses around the visitor.
A view from one of the 19 suites.
"With regard to the style of the kitchen, there are absolutely no time restrictions, you can eat whenever you feel you eat, you can stay as you want, you can choose the ingredients, the characteristics of the kitchen available on board," added Horibe.
During the cruise, guests can visit the local islands and choose from a variety of activities including a morning walk through a quarry, being a fisherman for one day and participating in local festivals all the time.
"My job here is really to show off the best of the beauty that this place already offers – and what can I do to achieve this?"
Attention to detail and appreciation of aesthetics, the cornerstones of Japanese culture, are summarized by the color chosen for the ship's hull. "Although it is silver, on a cloudy day, it would look white, blending with the color of the clouds and the sea." When the sun is reflected in the evening, it will perfectly blend with the red surface of the water, that – everything was carefully designed to confused in the Seto Inland Sea environment, "said Horibe.
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