Yasushi Horibe has designed a floating ryokan – a traditional Japanese Inn – that sails across the Seto Inland Sea to Setouchi.
Guntû is named after the blue crabs indigenous to the area. Its pitched roof evokes the outline of the tree-covered hills that line the Chugoku and Shikoku coastlines, and takes on the silvery tones of the surrounding water.
Timber floors, walls and ceilings are used across its 19 cabins, which range from 50 to 90 sqm and each are designed to capture views of the water. Contemporary Japanese screens provide additional privacy while folding glass doors can open rooms up to the outside terrace.
Amenities aboard Guntû include wellness and spa facilities – sauna, communal bath, treatment room and gym – as well as a range of dining spaces, including a tea room, bar, sushi bar (serving fresh fish caught daily) and grill counter. There’s also an observation deck for drinking in the sea air and enjoying views of the picturesque coastline.
Guests can choose from six routes on offer, which depart from Bella Vista Marina in Onomichi city, with two or three night stays available going east or west. Prices start from 400,000¥ ( $3,670 USD) per night for two guests.