This is the newer, more secluded and arguably more romantic venture by Hanaougi. It is built from the same cedar and zelkova woods with their soft tones adding to the calm and tranquil atmosphere. The genuine hot spring baths here (as opposed to the hot water found in other properties in Takayama) is reputedly great for the skin, which can even be enjoyed in a ‘rotenburo’ open-air bath on a private terrace. The food is sumptuous as you would expect at this level, with local Hida beef the centrepiece of multi-course kaiseki meals cooked on an open hearth and served in a private room. Luxurious and homely in equal measure, this is a superb mountain retreat well used to receiving western guests.
To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.Bill Bryson