Japan by sea

In October of 2017, the 19-room Guntû floating hotel took its maiden voyage along the Seto Inland Sea, a stretch of water that separates Japan’s Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu islands.

This year, the Guntû plans to sail no less than 80 times, docking in at historic places such as Tamano, Omishima Island, Kami Kamagari Island, and Miyajima.

The floating hotel was designed by award-winning architect Yasushi Horibe, with a cafe and bar, communal bath, lounge, gym, treatment room, and an area for relaxing outside.

Food is prepared onboard under the supervision of Kenzo Sato, head of the Michelin starred “Shigeyoshi” in Harajuku, with local ingredients being used to prepare dishes according to the weather and the mood of each passenger. Oh, and it’s all-you-can-eat, and whenever-you-want-to-eat. So basically it’s like your own personal Japanese buffet.

Suites onboard are minimalistic but cozy with soothing wood accents. Stay in the 970-square-foot Guntû Suite and you’ll be treated to stunning panoramic views, an open-air bath (yes, please), a terrace, and minibar.

Soak up the sun as you float by rugged scenery, read a book in the bath, enjoy a tea ceremony… and then when you dock, plan for some adventure. This floating hotel organizes all sorts of shore activities, including “Fisherman for a Day” with locals.

But be ready to spend a pretty penny for your experience on the Guntû. A 1-night stay onboard this floating hotel will set you back USD 1,700.

Want to explore Japan by the Seto Inland Sea? Guntû offers 10 routes for travelers who want to discover a world beyond the land. Depart from Onomichi City, Hiroshima, and set sail on this luxury cruise.

Rachel Ruiz-Oakley is the Managing Editor of Slide Night.