Floating Hotel: Guntu
Guntû is a little nineteen-room hotel floating in the Seto Inland Sea. Time passes slowly on board, enveloped in the refreshing fragrance and gentle warmth of wood. When you enter your cabin, exquisite views of the Seto Inland Sea spread before your eyes. Savor the colors of the seas, which change with the hour and the season, and the many-layered ridgelines of the mountains—the luxury of enjoying the passing of time. A tranquil journey unique to the Seto Inland Sea can be found here at this little hotel.
Architect Yasushi Horibe
- Born in Yokohama in 1967.
- Graduated from the Department of Environmental Design
at the Tsukuba University School of Art and Design.
- Established Yasushi Horibe Architect & Associates in 1994.
- Received the 18th Yoshioka Prize for Gallery in Ushiku in 2002.
- Received the Architectural Institute of Japan Prize (Architectural Design Division) for Charnel House in Chikurin-ji in 2016.
- Professor at the Graduate School of the Kyoto University of Art and Design.
- Major works include House in Satsuma, Dr. Norichika Maehara Memorial Museum, House in Izukogen, Keyaki Garden, Hiver Bosque, Library in Asagaya, Charnel House in Chikurin-ji,
and Assembly Hall in Kamakurayama.
The Name of the Ship
Little blue crabs sometimes end up in the nets set by local fishermen. Strong enough to cut the nets with their claws, they are less well known than true blue crabs and are not especially meaty.
They do, however, make a delicious broth when added to miso soup or stews. Locals call these flavorful crabs by the affectionate name guntû. In the hope that our ship will also become a long-term favorite among passengers and locals alike, we named it guntû in homage.
Report by guntu.jp