Unzen National Park hugs the coast of western Kyushu—a misty, mountainous area made up of thick forests. Situated in this ancient forest is Hanzuiryo, a hot springs resort. Unlike many busy hot spring towns, Hanzuiryo has just 14 secluded villas, spread out across expansive gardens. The spacious villas are inspired by "sukiya-zukuri" architecture, a style typically associated with traditional teahouses. Each luxurious villa is constructed with traditional wooden beams, "tatami" mat floors, sliding rice paper doors and views out onto a private garden.
In the gardens are two bathhouses and both feature wooden indoor baths and natural stone, open-air baths. The hot water in Unzen has been famous for more than a thousand years, and this same water flows through the baths at Hanzuiryo. The kitchens focus on "kaiseki" perfection—seasonal, local, multi-course meals immaculately presented.