Beside Ago Bay, amid the forested hills of Ise-Shima, the ryokan-inspired onsen resort of Amanemu invites guests into a sanctuary of restorative peace to Bask in mineral-rich hot springs, walk ancient pilgrim trails and explore a sublime coastline.
Set in Ise Shima National Park overlooking Ago Bay, the resort is close to Japan’s most sacred Shinto shrines and ancient pilgrimage routes wind through nearby forests.
Amanemu’s 24 Suites and six two-bedroom Villas feature expansive decks and private plunge-baths supplied with nutrient-rich spring water, while the 2,000-square-metre Aman Spa features multiple onsen pavilions, a gym, yoga pavilion and Pilates studio.
Situated on Japan’s Osaki Peninsula in Honshu’s Mie Prefecture, Amanemu is easily reached with a 25-minute helicopter ride or 2-hour train journey from Chubu Centrair International Airport in Nagoya. Amanemu's multilingual reservations team is always available to help with travel planning, from booking a single night to multi-resort itineraries.
Nestled within the landscape with scenic views out to the bay or gardens, Amanemu’s Villas and Suites offer elegant simplicity designed to embrace the outdoors. Each features a private onsen where guests can experience the healing power of nature, while generous terraces provide maximum enjoyment of the natural surroundings in all seasons.
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In a contemporary homage to the traditional Japanese Ryokan inn, Amanemu’s 99 square metre (1065 square feet) Mori Suites offer a combined king-sized bedroom and living area, with woven textile shutters that open to embrace the outdoors.
Guests can also enjoy the health benefits of a private Japanese onsen bath at their leisure, which draws nutrient-rich water from nearby hot springs and is surrounded by tranquil garden views. A walk-closet and living area with suspended daybed provide ample space to relax.
The 99 square metre (1065 square feet) interior space combines a king-sized bedroom and living area and features woven textile shutters, which open onto a spacious veranda with daybeds and dining area for two.
A private Japanese onsen bath draws nutrient-rich water from nearby hot springs allowing guests to bathe at their leisure, while a separate shower and WC affords privacy and comfort.
Amanemu’s 99 square metre (1065 square feet) Nagi Suites also offer similar interior layout to Mori Suite but comes with premium sea views over Ago Bay,
Amanemu's two-Bedroom Mori Villa is a spacious 99 square metre (1065 square feet) living pavilion with a pantry that opens onto an expansive veranda with daybeds and an alfresco dining area, while two king-sized en suite bedrooms each have their own private balcony spaces too.
A private Japanese onsen area draws nutrient-rich water from nearby hot springs, allowing all guests to experience the healing powers of nature, while walk-in closet, separate showers and WC provide all the modern amenities and space for a small group of friends of family.
Overlooking tranquil gardens and partial views of Ago Bay, the two-bedroom Sora Villa offers 62 square metre (665 square feet) of living space that brings the outside-in with a large veranda offering daybeds and dining space for six guests. En suite king-sized bedroom pavilions also open onto private verandas, creating ample privacy to accompany the airy social space, with separate showers and guest WC for comfort and ease.
Across the way, private Japanese onsen facilities draw nutrient-rich water from nearby hot springs, making this an exclusive retreat for those seeking to immerse themselves in the healing powers of Mother Nature.
Similar to the Mori Villa, Amanemu's two-bedroom Nagi Villa is equally sized at 366sqm, features similar interiors butoverlooks the sea offering exceptional panoramic views of Ago Bay’s verdant islets and pearl rafts with minimalist geometry allowing the outside landscapes to make maximum impact.
Overlooking its own verdant green garden, Amanemu’s 336 square metre (3617 square feet) Tsuki Villa is designed to offer a seamless indoor-outdoor lifestyle with two en suite bedrooms opening onto private verandas.
Its living area and bedroom pavilion open onto another balcony, with daybeds and an alfresco dining area for up 6 guests.
Across the garden, a separate pavilion houses the Villa’s private onsen facilities, with hot spring-fed baths both indoors and out.
The Ise Shima region was renowned as the breadbasket of Japan’s ancient imperial court, and Amanemu celebrates the bounty and diversity of ingredients naturally available nearby – both in the chefs’ cuisine and the bartenders’ cocktails.
With mesmerising views across the surrounding forest to the bay below, Amanemu’s Restaurant celebrates Japan’s culinary heritage at breakfast, lunch and dinner, alongside a selection of refined international dishes – all with an emphasis on the fresh, local flavours of the season.
Japanese Cuisine Chef Katsutoshi Kitahara sources exceptional produce from Ise-Shima, including Matsusaka Wagyu beef and prized seafood such as spiny lobster and abalone from Ago Bay.
The Bar and Lounge
Set beside the swimming pool, Amanemu’s Bar champions local ingredients every bit as much as the Restaurant kitchen, serving Japanese craft beers and inventive house cocktails crafted with regional fruits and herbs.
Outside on the terrace, the sunken lounge makes the perfect setting for lantern-lit evenings watching the sun set into the sea.
Spa and Wellness
Rooted in Japan’s sixth-century tradition of onsen bathing, Amanemu’s 2,000-square-metre spa embraces the restorative power of water.
Designed around a vast hot-spring bath fed by mineral-rich waters of Ise-Shima, the spa takes a holistic approach, fusing Japanese healing practices with nature-inspired therapies from around the Aman world.
Japan has understood the healing power of mineral bathing since the days of the shogunate, when samurai would use onsen to restore their health and recover from the rigours of battle. Today, Amanemu guests can enjoy the same restorative benefits as the samurai, with sessions in the spa’s mineral-rich pools.
Amanemu's experienced therapists are able to develop bespoke spa experiences and treatment programmes tailored to the individual wellness goals of each guest.
Amanemu also provides a state-of-the-art strength-training and cardiovascular equipment for guests to continue their everyday fitness routine at their own convenience throughout their stay.
High above Ago Bay, embraced by forest, Amanemu sits at the heart of a serene natural landscape that rewards explorers with its extraordinary beauty. Ise-Shima National Park is a hiker’s haven, with sacred Shinto shrines to visit, and the bay itself is home to a unique community of pearl fishers and female freedivers, the ama.
Also accessible from Amanemu, the Unesco-protected Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routes connect sacred sites across the region’s captivating countryside, and have been in use for more than a millennium.
Amanemu journeys have been created to fully immerse guests in the charms of the Ise Shima region, regarded as Japan's spiritual heartland. They are the result of deep ties with an array of remarkable local merchants, guides and artisans – and in many ways, contribute to the preservation of some of Japan's finest crafts, cultures and cuisines.
Known as ‘the bay of pearls’ and dotted with drifting rafts, Ago Bay has been home to the ama for centuries. The ama are a one-of-a-kind community of female free-divers who make their living collecting shellfish, seaweed and sea urchin from the seabed.
The few remaining ama female divers are the torchbearers for one of Japan's most remarkable cultures. As hardy as they are alluring, these women free-dive to the ocean floor to gather pearls and seafood for trading ashore. On this Journey, guests are taken diving by a veteran ama as she hunts for seafood – including scallops, abalone and sazae horned turban.
Back on dry land, she will prepare a fantastic seafood barbeque in a traditional amagoya hut - for a special Amanemu lunch with an ama for an unforgettable insight into an ancient and unusual way of life.
Amanemu’s experiences cater to multi-generations, celebrating the resort’s diverse natural setting at every opportunity. Whether its paddle-boating within the serene grounds of Ise-Shima or indulging in a day of retail therapy, each and every guest is catered for.
Finish the day with a sunset cruise along the coastline - a truly unforgettable experience.
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