Hoshino Resorts KAI Nagato will be opening in March 2020, in Nagato Yumoto Onsen, located at the northern mountains of Yamaguchi Prefecture. You will be able to experience the history and rich culture of Yamaguchi Prefecture which has been passed down from ancient times. KAI Nagato is an onsen ryokan located at the foot of the Otozure River which runs through the center of Nagato Yumoto Onsen.
2229-1 Fukagawayumoto, Nagato, Yamaguchi 759-4103
What is KAI?
What is KAI?
Japan’s hidden luxuries—at your fingertips
KAI is a leading brand of upscale boutique hot spring ryokans. Every establishment offers a contemporary take on the traditional Japanese inn, providing unique, location-specific experiences. From exclusive activities to specialty suites, KAI is an invitation to immerse yourself in the rich diversity of Japanese culture.
Nagato Yumoto Onsen is the oldest hot spring area in Yamaguchi Prefecture, with its history dating back to the Muromachi Period. In the Edo Period, even domain lords frequently visited the hot springs for its curative properties. The hot spring area's public onsen, Onto, is said to have been discovered with a sign from the Sumiyoshi Daimyojin God. The hot spring at KAI Nagato also uses this same hot spring source. After having a bath in the hot spring, which is also known as beauty skin hot spring, please enjoy the view of Otozure River at the lounge.
KAI Nagato's guest rooms features Yamaguchi Prefecture's samurai culture and are inspired by the raised floor design of the rooms where feudal lords used to stay. Guest rooms also used a florid Japanese paper called "Tokuji Washi"—which is officially recognized as one of Yamaguchi's Intangible Cultural Properties—on the bed headboards, as well as on the ceiling latticework. The rooms are equipped with Hagi teaware, a type of pottery which are used during tea ceremony.
KAI Signature Rooms
KAI Signature Rooms incorporate elements of regional craft cultures in their design.
In an area surrounded by the sea and mountains, KAI Nagato offers seasonal Japanese kaiseiki meal that incorporates the blessings of luxurious cuisine. Enjoy vibrant dishes ranging from squid and sea urchin appetizers to dessert made with Yamaguchi Prefecture's famous natsumikan orange.
There is a legend that says the hot spring of Nagato Yumoto Onsen is opened following a sign from Sumiyoshi Daimyojin God that Joan zen master of Tainenji Temple saw during his zen meditation in the Muromachi Period. This shows part of how deeply linked Nagato Yumoto Onsen and Tainenji Temple are. The grounds of the shrine, which offer a glimpse into the relationship the shrine has had with various historical events, are known as a famous spot for beautiful cherry blossoms in the spring and colored leaves in the autumn.
Situated on a cliff over the Sea of Japan, the "Ryugu no Shiofuki" (meaning Dragon's Spout) found here has been designated by Japan as a natural monument. A magnificent contrast of colors is created at Motonosumi-jinja Shrine, where 123 torii gates are lined up over approximately 100m, with the location being selected by American TV station CNN as one of "Japan's most beautiful places," garnering attention from overseas as well.
Tsunoshima and Tsunoshima Great Bridge
The spectacular view of the emerald green sea when crossing the Tsunoshima Great Bridge from northwestern side of Honshun to Tsunoshima Island is often featured in car commericals. The coastline in the northern part of Yamaguchi Prefecture, including Tsunoshima, has also been designated as Kita-Nagato Kaigan Quasi-National Park, bustling with tourists in the summer.
Located in Hagi city, Yamaguchi, Shokasonjuku Academy was established during the Bakumatsu (late Edo) period by Yoshida Shoin, and produced many of the most famous patriots of the era, including Takasugi Shinsaku and Ito Hirobumi. The academy is registered as one of the ""Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution"" by UNESCO. Given its place in history and the part it played in the modernization of Japan, the Shokasonjuku Academy is visited by a great many visitors from all across the country.