Minimalist Design, Maximum Comfort
A repurposed private guesthouse by world-renowned architect Tadao Ando is now a luxury hotel
The okcs Retreat Setouchi Aonagi is a unique luxury hotel in a secluded location in the mountains of Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture. It was originally designed as a private guesthouse by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Tadao Ando, and reopened as an exclusive hotel in 2015. The architect collaborated in the choice of furnishings, interior, and artwork, including pieces by such artists as calligrapher Rieko Kawabe and Frank Stella.
The retreat has only seven spacious rooms, all done in the minimalist style of bare concrete for which Ando is famous. An extraordinary rooftop infinity pool offers views of the Inland Sea and surroundings.
The kaiseki-style meals are as stylish as the hotel design, using local farm-to-table ingredients, including seafood caught fresh each morning.
Access: Fly to Matsuyama Airport from Tokyo Haneda International Airport (1 hr. 30 min.) and other major airports. Drive from Matsuyama Airport to the hotel (50 min.).
794-1 Yanagidani-machi, Matsuyama-shi, Ehime-ken
2 days and 1 night or more