Hot spring ac­tion

Kai sen­gokuhara, Kana­gawa

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Claim­ing to be Japan’s first ryokan with a fo­cus on art, Kai Sen­gokuhara has an on-site ate­lier and is dec­o­rated with the works of 12 dif­fer­ent artists, pro­duced dur­ing a res­i­dency pro­gramme. With art ma­te­ri­als on tap, guests are en­cour­aged to ex­plore their cre­ativ­ity – which should flow, con­sid­er­ing the ho­tel’s lo­ca­tion in the scenic Hakone moun­tains in Kana­gawa Pre­fec­ture (the area is a hub for aes­thetes, with a string of mu­se­ums and gal­leries scat­tered among its vil­lages). Lay­ered with tatamis, shoji screens and cy­press-wood lat­tice­work, each of the hot spring ryokan’s 16 serene rooms has its own out­door bath. At din­ner, a multi-course kaiseki menu fea­tures dishes such as fast-smoked sal­mon and grilled abalone. Danielle Demetriou 817-359 Sen­gokuhara, Hakone, Rates: from ¥37,000 ($330)

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