Naoshima Ryokan ROKA
Why We Love This Hotel
Ryokan Refinery: Japanese “ryokan” inns represent the oldest style of hotels still in use today. Refined and luxurious to a virtually unparalleled degree, it is clear why they have survived the test of time.
Total Relaxation: With its serene natural surroundings and each room having its own private open-air onsen, there’s no reason not to feel completely relaxed here.
Art: This hotel exhibits a collection of artworks by Japan’s emerging talent. All the artworks are curated by Shigeo Goto, a professor at Kyoto University of the Arts, who actively shares information about domestic contemporary art.
- Naoshima & Seto Inland Sea Islands, Japan
- Hotel Type
- Location Type
- Urban Retreat
The 56 sqm/602 sqft Deluxe Suites are designed in the same modern Japanese style with comfort in mind. The interior of the room features fixtures that are made with natural materials all sourced locally in the Seto Inland Sea region such as Awaji earthen walls, Tosa handmade paper and Aji stone. The open-air bath will gives guests a view of the traditional island village of Naoshima while thoroughly relaxing into the island’s gentle pace.
The hotel offers two large 62 sqm/667 sqft Premium Suites with interior that features fixtures made with natural locally sourced materials from the Seto Inland Sea region such as Awaji earthen walls, Tosa handmade paper, and Aji stone. Each room provides a view from the open-air baths of the traditional island village of Naoshima.
This single spacious (106 sqm/1140 sqft) is designed in the contemporary Japanese-style with a range of architectural elements made using the local resources of the Setouchi region, such as the Awaji earthen walls, the Tosa handmade paper, and the Aji stepping stones. With a balanced sense that wooden fixtures and modern interior design create, the feel of the room is luxurious but light and tranquil. Guests will enjoy the floor-to-ceiling window that provides a picture-framed-view of the island.
The communal outdoor hearth is one of the hotel’s main features and is set right in the middle of the property. It creates a place where both guests can organically interact with each other around the fire pit, enriching their stays with new friendships.
The front courtyard “Sanshi-suimei” designed by Yardworks, is a zen rock garden expressing the blessings of the gods with the depiction of rice paddies, the mountain range with rocks and the rivers with gravel. Yardworks placed both domestic and foreign plants side by side while making it unique by adorning it with the local Karami bricks, Mikage granite, and the world-famous Aji stones
For libations, the hotel’s cafe-bar uses a variety of homemade herbal liqueurs each with a unique blend of herbs and different types of syrup such as fennel and raw sugarcane has a deep flavor. Guests can sip delicious beverages as they enjoy the view of the outside contemporary Zen garden.
Led by two chief chefs trained at high-end restaurants in Kyoto, the hotel’s restaurant provides meals featuring seasonal local fish from the Seto Inland Sea, and local produce such as vegetables and a variety of herbs from neighboring isles, and local Kagawa Oide sushi rice. Diner’s will also appreciate the floor-to-ceiling windows which provide seasonal views of our hotel’s courtyard.
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With Remote Lands you'll travel with people who have made Asia the solitary focus of their own lifelong adventure. As our guest, in the continent that our north American founders Catherine and Jay have adored and explored for decades, you'll discover Asia on a journey that is completely, authentically your own, adapted from our own remarkable experiences and adventures over the years.
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