After a 5-minute drive from the Yugawara station, a stylish main entrance appears at an area called ‘risokyo’, literally meaning ‘utopia’ in Japanese. This building with museum-like exteriors is Miwa Yugawara, the onsen (hot springs) inn that newly opened in December of 2019.
The main entrance of Miwa Yugawara, designed by Uchida Design Inc.
Integrating the charm of hotel and traditional inn to create the onsen inn that modern people need.
Once entering the lobby, a large water feature appears in front of the guests. While sitting at the bar, guests can gaze through the windows to see the mountainous view spreading in front of their eyes and feel the sense of traveling. This stylish onsen inn is designed by Uchida Design Inc. The inn features 17 guest rooms and offers an onsen bathing style that matches the needs of the modern people.
A major characteristic of Miwa Yugawara is the open-air private onsen equipped in all of the rooms. The spacious terrace is set with a modern bath tub, so that the guests can dip into the onsen whenever they wish to relax their body and soul. The best way to spend the time at Miwa Yugawara is to relax at the guest room, dip into the onsen and take a nap at the bed with the bathrobes on.
The guests rooms are simply furnished using plenty of wood.
The view and design of the bathtub differ depending on the floor.
Miwa Yugawara features 17 guest rooms in total, including one suite room.
Mashiko tiles are used for the suite room’s bathtub. These tiles were designed and crafted by the Mashiko ware craftsmen, Tsunehisa Gunji and Keiko Gunji from Gunji Pottery.
Gastronomic cuisines are served with Italian wines imported by their own company.
The inn features a gastronomic cuisine of Italian and Japanese at their restaurant. The refined dishes use vegetables and fishes from the local produce area of Yugawara. Each plate brings surprise and pleasure to both the eyes and palette. Another characteristic of the restaurant is the Italian wines imported by their own company. Currently, the Miwa Yugawara is preparing a winemaker’s dinner and will be inviting wine producers from Italy.
Left image: a magnificent Japanese appetizer plate / Right image: tempura using fresh porcini mushrooms imported from Italy
Left image: grilled red snapper from Sagami Bay / Right image: Japanese Black Wagyu sirloin steak with Hokkaido sea urchin and local vegetables
The art installation using silk and driftwoods, is a work by Koji Arai, a fashion designer based in Atami.
Each artwork is one and only and enhances the charm of Yugawara.
The guest rooms and the restaurant are decorated with art works created by the up-and-coming artists. The ink paintings seen on each rooms are works by Kenzo Kosuge. Each painting was drawn one by one, and is one and only as well. The ceiling art installation using silk is a work by Koji Arai, a fashion designer based in Atami. The shade of the installation changes by indoor lightings and the sunlight coming from outside.
Left Image: Graphic Designer, Kenzo Kosuge created the artworks inside each guest rooms. / Right Image: After graduating from Royal Academy of Fine Art Antwerp’s fashion department, Koji Arai established his atelier named “Eatable of Many Orders” in Atami.
Relax your body at the individual onsen and delight your soul at the social bar.
Miwa Yugawara had already made up its mind to request Uchida Design Inc. for designing the inn. The owner’s only request to the designer was to create a bar, since the owner believes that bars are necessary for travel. A bar where guests can enjoy short conversations is one of the highlight of traveling says the owner. The bar at Miwa Yugawara lets its guests please their eyes watching the rich nature of the trees and mountains during the day, and comforts the guest’s soul with the warming glow of the candles during the evening.
With the soft lights from the candles and downlights, the bar becomes a place to relax and spend the quiet evening.
The inn has designed a higher level of privacy in their guest rooms to offers a time of freedom. At the same time, its bar and restaurant are designed so that the guests can freely socialize. Miwa Yugawara, the onsen inn offering a cocoon of calmness welcomes guests who wishes to retreat from the city.
206, Miyakami, Yugawara-Machi, Ashigarashimo-Gun, Kanagawa Prefecture