conceived as a ‘little hotel floating in the seto inland sea’, guntû is a luxury ship that offers up to 38 guests japanese inn-style accommodation. departing from and returning to the bella vista marina in onomichi city, the floating hotel transports passengers along the region’s chugoku and shikoku coastlines. the boat is topped with a roof that blends with both the natural landscape and the titanium roofs of the buildings along the coast, as well as a silver hull that changes appearance depending on the sea’s color.

guntû guntu hotel
the luxury ship offers up to 38 guests japanese inn-style accommodation
image by tetsuya ito, courtesy of setouchi cruise (also main image)

 

 

in total, guntû contains 19 passenger cabins, all of which have ocean view and terraces. private accommodation, which ranges in size from 50 to 95 square meters (538-1,022 sqf), all feature timber interiors where passengers can relax barefoot. cabins start at 400,000 yen (approx. $3,670 USD) per night for two guests. available food includes seasonal specialties from the setouchi area, as well as western cuisine, sushi, and sweets.

guntû guntu hotel
the boat features a wide range of on-board facilities
image by tetsuya ito, courtesy of setouchi cruise

 

 

the boat, which was designed by architect yasushi horibe, also features a wide range of on-board facilities including an observation deck, a lounge, a gym, a treatment room, a communal bath, and a sauna. dining areas comprise a tearoom, a cocktail bar/café, a sushi bar, and a char-grill counter. available activities include costal walks and fishing excursions. the ship provides four routes with 2- and 3-night stays available in both east and west directions. see guntû’s website for more information.

guntû guntu hotel
the 19 passenger cabins range in size from 50 to 95 square meters
image by tetsuya ito, courtesy of setouchi cruise

guntû guntu hotel
all cabins have ocean view and terraces
image by tetsuya ito, courtesy of setouchi cruise

guntû guntu hotel
on-board amenities include a treatment room, a communal bath, and a sauna
image by tetsuya ito, courtesy of setouchi cruise

guntû guntu hotel
the floating hotel transports passengers along the chugoku and shikoku coastlines
image by tetsuya ito, courtesy of setouchi cruise

guntû guntu hotel
timber interiors allow passengers to relax barefoot
image by tetsuya ito, courtesy of setouchi cruise

guntû guntu hotel
the boat is topped with a canopy that blends with the roofs of the buildings along the coast
image by tetsuya ito, courtesy of setouchi cruise

guntû guntu hotel
the ship provides four routes with 2- and 3-night stays available in both east and west directions
image by tetsuya ito, courtesy of setouchi cruise

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