Travel | January 3, 2018 9:00 am

Survive the Winter in This Tranquil Wooden Cruise Ship

Only 38 passengers. Chanting, sake available on demand.

As the Northeast settles in for some sort of winter “bomb cyclone,” we could use a little tranquility.

Enter guntû, a stunning, nineteen-room wooden hotel floating in Japan’s Seto Inland Sea.

Boarding about an hour’s drive from Hiroshima, guntû is new kind of luxury cruise ship, featuring four types of suite rooms — each with terraces and open-air baths.

guntu (7 images)

When you’re not enjoying panoramic views from your cabin, wander over to the ship’s spa, sauna, gym or treatment room. Or “change into a light cotton yukata robe and enjoy dried fish from local fishing ports while tipping back a cup of sake” at the ship’s onboard restaurant, overseen by Kenzo Sato from Tokyo’s Shigeyoshi, a two-star Michelin honoree.

Off-boat, take walks on the surrounding islands, spend a day fishing, or even charter a separate “moon-viewing” boat —with “Noh chanting” available upon request (it’s sort of like Japanese opera, we hear).

Launched in October, guntû is now available for booking.

(H/t Airows)