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Amanemu is a contemporary take on traditional Japanese hot spring resorts

Hotel group Aman has taken cues from traditional Japanese ryokan inns for its latest opening in the country’s Ise Shima National Park.

Designed by Australian practice Kerry Hill Architects, the Amanemu resort comprises a series of pavilion-esque structures, housing 24 suites and four villas – each with a private hot spring bath.

Amanemu - Suite interior
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Aman group CEO Olivier Jolivet says its new site, the brand’s first onsen resort, will offer ‘an enriching, holistic experience that is very much centred on wellness and tradition’.

The design of Amenemu draws on Japan’s historical minka homes, featuring low-slung tiled roofs and dark-stained cedar exteriors. Interiors are dotted with woven textiles, timber sliding doors and wooden screens, handcrafted using the Kumiko technique dating back to the 7th century.

Amanemu - Villa exterior
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Furniture, including sofas and white oak coffee tables, were custom-made.

The hotel restaurant channels izakayas – the country’s eating and drinking dens – while the spa has a communal ‘onsen’, taking further advantage of the abundant hot spring waters in the area. Amanemu also offers a 33-m-long infinity pool with views over the Ago Bay.



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