The Hiramatsu Hotels & Resorts Atami


Art & Architecture
The art at The Hiramatsu Hotels & Resorts Atami is, as at the other ryokan in the group, exquisite. The paintings – primarily surrealist works by Joan Miro and vivid landscapes by Tamako Kataoka – are both gorgeous in themselves and the perfect choice to complement the tone of The Hiramatsu Hotels & Resorts Atami experience, fusing modern/traditional as well as Japanese/European influences. The ryokan’s rooms and Japanese–style suites boast dynamic shodo characters by renowned calligrapher Yuichi Inoue. A collection of beautifully detailed model ships contribute to establishing a sense of place by recalling the Atami region’s centuries of maritime heritage.
Architect Yasumichi Morita designed the ryokan around an existing besso, or country villa, built 40 years ago by master builder Koichi Kinoshita. The building, with the simple, elegant lines of its Sukiya Zukuri traditional residential architecture, was refurbished, and some necessary modern touches added, but Morita left intact the lovely and warm interior wood, as well as the exterior, beautifully weathered by the salt and wind of its coastal location. Two additional floors were added, anchored solidly to the steep hillside overlooking Sagami Bay.