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Ultramarine visions from the cliffs of Ako: the Ginpaso hotel

2016.07.25

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The view from Ako Point

Standing on the shores of the Seto Inland Sea, Ako City in Hyogo is renowned as the original home of Japan’s famous “forty-seven ronin.” Ginpaso is a hotel perched on a cliff at Ako Misaki (roughly, “Ako Point”), offering stunning views of the sea to visitors arriving from all over Japan and around the world.

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The view from Ako Point. On a fine day, guests can see clear across to Shikoku.

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A spacious living room complete with comfortable wooden furniture is include in the exclusive “Tenku” room.

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Another feature of the “Tenku” room: a private open-air onsen.

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Opened in November 2010, the open-air onsen “Tenkai no Yu” has 180-degree panoramic views of the Seto Inland Sea, and has been called the best ocean-viewing spot in western Japan.

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“Iwami no Yu,” another open-air onsen, is adorned with natural stone for a luxurious feel. The hot spring water, incidentally, is excellent for neuralgia, rheumatism, and other ailments.

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