A tranquil retreat with the moonlight as your guide. The 18 villas with private open-air baths are spread over the expansive 33,000 sq. meter grounds in the hinterlands of Yufu to allow plenty of space
Experience bliss surrounded by fresh spring greenery, with the sound of the river, birdsong, and the rustling of the trees for background music. A place where you can let time pass you by and become one with nature amid the pleasant breezes and fresh air. A place that makes everything brighter.
We named it Gettouan, “a retreat to enjoy the moonlight”. The 7 ideals of Gettouan’s hospitality: Heart, Cuisine, Hot Springs, Accommodations, Views, Travel We offer hospitality based on 7 ideals
A retreat to enjoy the moonlight, 18 luxurious villas with private open-air baths spread over expansive 33,000 sq. meter grounds filled with natural beauty
Experience bliss surrounded by fresh spring greenery, with the sound of the river, birdsong, and the rustling of the trees for background music.
A place where you can let time pass you by and become one with nature amid the pleasant breezes and fresh air. A place that makes everything brighter.
We named it Gettouan, “a retreat to enjoy the moonlight”
We aim to extend guests a wholehearted welcome. Instead of simply offering service, we want to make your trip and time at Gettouan special through heartfelt hospitality. We offer all guests wholehearted hospitality.
The elegance of Japanese architecture amid shadowand natural beauty, These deluxe villas are themed on tea houses of the good old days.
The ending “in” of Yukufuin means temple, and fittingly for the sense of seclusion and exclusivity it implies, we offer special spaces for guests to spend their time as they wish.
A checkered design
With the famous checkered pattern incorporated into its alcove and sliding doors, Shokintei is exceptionally well-known even among Kyoto’s tea houses.
In keeping with the tea house’s status, this is the flagship villa at Gettouan.
The open-air bath designed to blend into the green bamboo grove and sounds of the flowing river is the ultimate in luxury.
Basking in the open-air bath and listening to the sounds of the river, is like being restored to your true, naked self.
Picturesque natural scenery
Its most charming point is the windows which frame the natural scenery outdoors as if they were paintings. Even the fretwork below the windows in pink, black, and gold leaf has been reproduced as faithfully as possible.
Shoiken is a tea house said to have been built with a harbor motif, influenced by Kobori Enshu, tea master to the Tokugawa shogun in the early Edo period. It evokes the relief of arriving at the safe harbor of Gettouan after your journey Enjoy a sense of peace coming from within to the very fullest.
The spirit of the tea master Kobori Enshu
This villa is modeled on the Kohoan tea house in Kyoto designed by Kobori Enshu, tea master to the Tokugawa shogun in the early Edo period.
The spacial design, in which the tea house garden flows into the tea room, is a beautiful expression of Japanese tradition, which considers nature as something that resides inside each of us.
In the tea garden, every detail is faithfully reproduced, including the washbasin inscribed with the character for dew, and the stone lantern.
Kobori Enshu designed Kohoan based on the themes of travel and ships. The pleasant sounds of the river are a part of its design.
A tea room for entertaining aristocrats
The Zangetsutei (Kyoto) was designed as a tea room for entertaining aristocrats, and is said to have been built by Toyotomi Hideyoshi in his mansion, Jurakudai.
It was scaled down and reproduced by the Omote Senke school of tea ceremony founded by the master Sen Rikyu, and has been preserved through to modern times.
Its features include a distinctive type of ceiling, called a “kakekomi-tenjo,” and a spacious alcove called a “nijo-toko.” This villa makes use of Japanese architecture with a continuous flow between interior and exterior, and its atmosphere of refined simplicity, called “wabi” in Japanese, might just give you insights into the infinite universe.
Modeled on a tea house touched by history
Shonantei is located in Saiho-ji Temple (Kyoto), known as the “moss temple.” The motif is based on a tea house influence by a historic episode in which Iwakura Tomomi went into hiding during the Bakumatsu period.
There are many playful touches, such as turning the doorway used for bringing in the equipment for the tea ceremony, called a “kato-guchi,” into the doorway to the restroom. In addition to its open-air bath, this is the only special villa equipped with a modular bathroom.
Feel the whimsy and humor of paired tea houses themed on rain and umbrellas
Kodai-ji Temple (Kyoto), where the original Karakasatei and Shiguretei are located, is best known as a temple constructed by Hideyoshi’s widow Kita no Mandokoro to pray for the salvation of Hideyoshi’s soul. Karakasatei (“karakasa” is the Japanese word for a sun umbrella) serves as the living room, and the roof of the restroom is made from bamboo laid out in a spoked pattern reminiscent of an umbrella. The two-story gable-roofed Shiguretei is the bedroom. This entertaining and luxurious villa also reproduces the covered pathway connecting the two spaces. The whimsy and humor of the paired names are mirrored in the comfortable atmosphere.
A view of the greenery mingling with natural light
The Keisuikyo restaurant is for deluxe villa guests. This restaurant has private dining rooms. All seating is in private rooms, so guests can enjoy a leisurely meal in secluded surroundings.
Large windows offer a view of the greenery mingling with natural light. The riverside scenery is sure to make your meal feel liberating.
Satisfying seasonal flavors, Carefully prepared, satisfying kaiseki cuisine
Each dish is served up still warm from the kitchen.
Savor our carefully prepared, satisfying kaiseki cuisine.
Enjoy seasonal flavors. Savor the season with choice ingredients
Enjoy the changing seasonal scenery and creative kaiseki cuisine in a relaxing atmosphere.
Dine on superb cuisine and experience the skills and spirit of the chef.
Sekisaba Mackerel Sashimi
Sekisaba is a brand of mackerel from Oita Prefecture. Savor its distinctively dense, firm texture. 12,500 JPY per serving (serves 2-3) *Limited availability: October to March only
Sekiaji Horse Mackerel
Sekiaji is a brand of horse mackerel from Oita Prefecture. It is sliced just before serving, so you can enjoy it at its very best. 11,000 JPY per serving (serves 2-3) *Limited availability: June to September only
Shiroshita Sole Sashimi
Shiroshita sole has long been known as premium grade fish. The flavor is light and delicate. 12,800 JPY per serving (serves 2-3) *Limited availability
Puffer Fish Sashimi
It is sliced thick by a skilled master, so you can savor the texture and delicious flavor. 13,500 JPY per serving (serves 2-3), 27,500 JPY per serving (natural) (serves 2-3) *Limited availability: November to March only
The morning sunlight enhances the seasonal scenery.
We also provide a colorful breakfast to liven up your morning.
The Keisuikyo restaurant is for deluxe villa guests. The restaurant has private dining rooms.All seating is in private rooms, so guests can enjoy a leisurely meal in secluded surroundings.Large windows offer a view of the greenery mingling with natural light. The riverside scenery is sure to make your meal feel liberating.
The Gettouan restaurant is for main building guests. It has been renovated with tatami flooring and table seating with chairs. Tatami flooring accents the cozy traditional Japanese ambiance of the restaurant.
This restaurant offers a comfortable traditional Japanese ambiance. Enjoy a leisurely meal in a space with a tranquil, relaxed atmosphere.
Hot spring baths adorned with greenery
Experience Yufuin’s forests and breezes from head to toe in open-air baths.
Surrender yourself to the sound of the breeze and the hot spring waters reflecting the lush greenery.
Guests can enjoy hot spring bathing early in the morning, in the evening, or any other time that strikes their fancy.
Guests can reserve this bath to enjoy carefree hot spring bathing early in the morning, in the evening, or any other time that strikes their fancy.
All 18 guest villas have attached open-air baths. Enjoy the special experience of soaking in a hot spring bath as much as you like in your own villa.
The main building is a relocated Japanese home originally built 300 years ago.
Experience the sense of security provided by a Japanese home.
The first sight which greets guests entering from the parking area is the main building, a 300-year old traditional Japanese home relocated from Yamanashi Prefecture.
The impressive and sturdy central pillar and surrounding roof beams will let you feel the sense of security a traditional Japanese home provides.
Natural beauty with views of Mt. Yufu
Listen closely in the hush that surrounds Gettouan, and you can hear the sound of the river, follow the sound further on and see the vista stretching out before you.