The Guntu Hotel is a unique get-away location. The hotel is small—only 19 rooms—but for a reason. It’s actually a passenger ship that sails on the Seto Inland Sea in Japan. Separating the four main islands of Japan, the Seto Inland Sea covers an area of 8,959 square miles. The Guntu takes passengers on voyage through this area.
The name “Guntu” actually comes from a local soup made of small blue crabs caught by fisherman. The crabs aren’t very meaty, but the soup has become a favorite. No doubt this little ship will also become a favorite.
There are four types of cabins on the Guntu. Regardless of the type, each has a terrace that allows for views of the shores and Seto. The entire ship is clad in wood, creating a warm, settling experience that contrasts nicely with the rich blue of the water. Passengers can also use the spa, sauna, gym, and treatment rooms while onboard for a luxurious experience.
Dining is headed up by Kenzo Sato of Toky’s Shigeyoshi Restaurant. The offered dishes feature local ingredients and reflect the different seasons.
Guntu also offers a number of off ship activities. With a large number of small islands to explore, there are plenty of sights to see. Or, if you’re so inclined, you can participate in the “Fisherman for a Day” program. The evenings also offer the a deck for viewing the star-filled sky while listening to Noh chanting.