Designed by Kerry Hill Architects, the architecture of the resort is based on a contemporary interpretation of Japanese Minka buildings, which incorporate traditional low-slung tiled roofs and dark-stained Japanese cedar exterior walls, reflective of the nature-influenced design of ryokans, Japan’s traditional bathing retreats.
The resort’s driveway leads to the welcome pavilion, curving up a small hill lined with maple and cherry trees.
The interior spaces were crafted in light shades of Japanese timber.
Each stand-alone suite has floor-to-ceiling windows with woven textile and timber sliding shutters, stretching from one end of the suite to the other, allowing for views of the national park surrounding the resort. Custom-made furnishings include white oak coffee tables, sofas and armchairs with neutral fabric tones.
Bathrooms follow the design of traditional Japanese baths, with charcoal-colored basalt stone tiles that draw the eye across the room to the private onsen with floor-to-ceiling windows and the vista out onto the private gardens. Again in keeping with Japanese interior design, accessories are kept to a minimum.
There are sunken terraces constructed with basalt stone, located between the restaurant and bar. Meanwhile, a 33-meter freshwater infinity pool has views over Ago Bay.
The resort has traditional Japanese art, including Kumiko artwork developed in Japan in the Asuka Era (600-700 AD). In addition, the spa and two-bedroom villas have pieces of artwork by Japanese Kimono and Obi artisan Genbei Yamaguchi.
The restaurant has vaulted and coffered ceiling, drawing on the authentic Japanese “izakaya” style.