Survive the Winter in This Tranquil Wooden Cruise Ship

Only 38 passengers. Chanting, sake available on demand.

By Kirk Miller

 
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03 January 2018

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.

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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)

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