Construction of Hoshino Resorts KAI Yufuin begins in early December, 2020
Hoshino Resorts will begin construction of “Hoshino Resorts KAI Yufuin” (Yufu City, Oita Prefecture) in early December 2020. This property will be part of the KAI brand and is scheduled to open in the summer of 2022, designed and supervised by Kengo Kuma and Associates.
Landscape image of the property
Yufuin Onsen has the most number of hot spring sources and amounts of hot spring water in Japan and is designated as a national health onsen resort by Japan Spa Association. The breathtaking rural landscape surrounding Mt. Yufu is beautiful each season and the morning mist especially through autumn to winter is known by many as fantastic scenery.
The KAI brand, an upscale boutique hot spring ryokan, provides a comfortable place of accommodation through Japanese hospitality, omotenashi, and the regional culture. The design of KAI Yufuin will incorporate the charm of the rural landscape where the rice fields spread so that guests can feel nature from different areas within the property.
KAI Yufuin will be the third property in Oita Prefecture, following KAI Aso and KAI Beppu (scheduled to open in the summer of 2021).
Design by architect, Kengo Kuma
The main design will be directed by architect, Kengo Kuma. The design is underway so that guests can feel the charms of Yufuin such as its rich nature and rural village landscapes. From the library at the end of the entrance, a panoramic view of rice fields can be seen. In addition, there will be an open veranda that seems like it is integrated with nature, leading the way to the magical scenery of the morning mist.
Details of the project
Name: Hoshino Resorts KAI Yufuin
Floors: Public building with 2 floors, Guest room building with 3 floors, and an annex
Number of guest rooms: 45
Main design and supervision: Kengo Kuma and Associates
Construction: Fujita and Kensei Kensetsu
Start of construction: Early December, 2020
Opening date: Summer 2022 (tentative)
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