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Not ones to rest on their laurels, Aman opened Amanemu in spring 2016 following the resounding success of Aman Tokyo. 'Nemu' means joy in Japanese and this marriage of Aman's renowned spa retreat aesthetics with traditional Japanese 'ryokan' features will no doubt be a delight to behold. Nutrient-rich hot springs feed the private baths in each of the 24 suites and villas, and in keeping with Japanese tradition there are also communal onsen. Local materials and designs are seamlessly interwoven with luxury throughout the property and traditional sliding screen doors open to reveal floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows.

Amanemu is situated in an idyllic rural location on the scenic coastline of southern Ise prefecture, with picturesque rolling hills and ancient woodland walks for guest to immerse themselves in. It is less than an hour off the bullet train track which makes it an ideal place to relax and unwind midway between the great cities of Tokyo and Kyoto. It is also an area of cultural and culinary legend, with hallowed Ise-Jingu shrine nearby and the ancient pilgramage trails of the Kumano Kodo to the west. To the east lies Matsusaka which used to be the breadbasket of the Imperial court and is still renowned throughout Japan for its beef. The area is also known for its pearl fisheries, and the suite terraces overlook the fishing bay with boats bobbing peacefully in view. Aman Tokyo is the superlative spa experience in the big city, and Amanemu is set to become Japan's foremost modern rural retreat.

The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it.

Rudyard Kipling