- Amanemu, relax in the middle of the Japanese nature
Ise Shima National Park is located on Ago Bay in central Japan, 300 km south-west of Tokyo. Japan's high-speed rail network makes it easy to get to and it is also a two-hour scenic train trip from Nagoya.
Set in a natural environment of rare beauty and close to Japan's most sacred Shinto site, Ise Grand Shrine and the UNESCO World Heritage-designated Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trails, the Amanemu resort is the contemporary interpretation of Minka buildings, which incorporate low-slung tiled roofs and dark-stained Japanese cedar exterior walls. To make the most of the site's hot springs, the designers from Kerry Hills Architects referenced the vernacular tradition of Japan's traditional bathing retreats - the ryokan - to give guests the harmony and tranquillity embraced by “omotenashi”, the spirit of welcoming with warmth and respect.
The resort discreetly blends in with the natural environment, enhanced by a landscape design dominated by maple and cherry trees, setting the scene for the unique nature throughout the year. Every single room - from the suites to the two-bedroom villas - opens onto the garden, thus making nature an integral part of the resort and not just a backdrop.
Remaining faithful to the philosophy that distinguishes all the Aman destinations around the world, Amanemu constantly engages with its environment, both through the architectural design in general but also in terms of the interior design and furnishings crafted by local artisans, or by the staff policy, extending the concept of the sustainability to the social dimension.
Ise Shima National Park, Japan
Project: Kerry Hills Architects
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