Ise-Shima National Park, Japan


Rates from (inc tax)$1,152.28

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Restorative ryokan


Healing hot springs

Whether in water or on land, Amanemu hotel in Ise-Shima National Park is a wonder. Set above renowned Ago Bay, home to the world’s best cultured pearls, the hotel is dotted with hot springs within a forest for an utterly natural escape. Inspired by the ryokan tradition, the minimalist rooms utilise local materials in harmony with nature, including deep soaking tubs with taps for cold, hot or mineral hot-springs water. The restaurant draws from the surroundings, offer izakaya-style fresh seafood, prized Wagyu beef and local herbs and vegetables, for a reminder that Amanemu is surrounded by the best of Japan.

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28 suites.


By noon; check-in, from 3pm.


Double rooms from $1151.39 (JPY120,000), excluding tax at 22.04 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (JPY146,448.00), via, using today’s exchange rate.

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Rates don’t usually include breakfast, from JPY4,746 (about £35)… but it’s free for Smith members.


Greet the day with yoga in a glass-walled studio or the adjoining private deck overlooking tranquil gardens. Tea and drinks are served each afternoon from 3 to 5pm.

At the hotel

Free WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV, WiFi, minibar with free bottled water, Nespresso coffee machine and Aman bath products.

Our favourite rooms

Rooms at Amanemu are all thoughtfully planned to maximise views and privacy, with bare wood and large windows. Of the suites, Nagi Suite has the best uninterrupted panorama of Ago Bay.


Overlooking the forests and Ago Bay, the heated outdoor 33-metre swimming pool is ringed with sun loungers for tranquil relaxation. Children are only permitted with adult supervision.


Surrounded by gardens, the water-inspired Aman Spa offers 2,000 square metres of relaxation, including two private pavilions, a watsu pool and four treatment suites. Designed around a large hot spring, the spa incorporates mineral water in its treatments and salts from Ago Bay. Treatments include signature massages and facials, body scrubs, hot-stone therapies and reiki.

Packing tips

Plan to stock up on jewellery: Ago Bay is where Mikimoto cultivates its world-famous pearls.


Welcome, though the quiet setting is best suited to adults.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Request a booth facing the windows to most comfortably take in the sensational leafy views.

Dress Code

Relaxed linens and Ago Bay pearls.

Hotel restaurant

High above Ago Bay with views of the surrounding forests, the house restaurant serves food as immersed in Japan’s heritage as the surroundings. The menu showcases local ingredients, including Matsusaka, a coveted, well-marbled variety of Japanese Wagyu beef, and seafood from the nearby waters, including spiny lobster and abalone, available roasted, fried or as traditional sashimi. The elegant restaurant also serves a selection of continental dishes fused with local ingredients, including fried ravioli, tuna tartare and beef carpaccio with truffles.

Hotel bar

The lounge, adjacent to the pool, is open throughout the day for cocktails influenced by local ingredients, with names like Pearl Salty Dog and the Yamamomojito, which is made from bayberries grown on the hotel grounds. On beautiful days, sip outside on the sunken terrace.

Last orders

The restaurant serves three square meals a day, opening from 7am to 10:30am for breakfast, noon to 2:30pm for lunch, then 6 to 10:30pm for dinner.

Room service

A full menu is available for delivery at breakfast, lunch and dinner.


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2165 Hazako Hamajima-cho
Mie, Shima-shi


Nagoya Chubu International Airport is the closest hub, 180km from the hotel (a three-hour drive or 25-minute helicopter ride). The airport offers domestic flights from Tokyo and other cities in Japan, as well as limited international routes, including Frankfurt, Detroit and Dubai. Transfers are available for 73,000 yen (about £550).


Trains are a fast and convenient way to travel around Japan, and the Kashikojima Station is a 20-minute drive from the hotel. Transfers are available at no charge for guests.


The hotel is accessible by car, and free valet parking is available for guests.

Worth getting out of bed for

Set in the beautiful Ise-Shima National Park, a sanctuary of hot springs, Amanemu has plenty to dazzle visitors on its own grounds. The hotel was designed to maximise views of Ago Bay and the surrounding forests, whether during yoga in the glass-walled studio or around an outdoor fireplace on a sunken terrace.

The Aman Spa is worth a trip all its own, with private hot-springs pavilions and water-inspired therapies to soothe weary muscles after a long day of travel or hiking.

The hotel is blissfully secluded, so beyond visits to the bay and surrounding hot springs, most activities require some travel. A 50-minute drive from the hotel, Ise Jingu is a Shinto shrine dedicated to Japan's sun goddess. One of Shinto's most holy sites, the shrine has existed in some form since 4 BC. Though tourist access is limited, the hotel can arrange for a guide during a prayer session and ritual dance to the deities.

Though a 3.5-hour drive from the hotel, Kumano Kodo is worth the travel. A network of pilgrimage routes, the Kumano Kodo is a Unesco-recognized collection of mountain and coastal trails. 
Japan is legendary for its sashimi, and the waters near Amanemu have some of the best fish to prepare. Amanemu can arrange for fishing trips with expert anglers from shore or by boat. The hotel chefs can then prepare the catch.

Local restaurants

The nearest restaurants are in Shima Mie, a 15-minute drive from the hotel. Tecchan (3460 Agocho Ugata) is a classic izakaya with tempura, whole fish and sushi. Down the same road, Torinoya serves yakitori skewers.


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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this hot-springs hotel in Japan and unpacked their cultured pearls and traditional kimonos, a full account of their forest break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Amanemu hotel in Ise-Shima National Park…

Whether on the hunt for water views, forest hikes or a way to succumb to total relaxation, there are few better places than Amanemu to escape it all. Set within Ise-Shima National Park, the hotel is utterly secluded, dotted with hot springs, surrounded by forests and high above stunning Ago Bay, where pearl divers and fishermen take to the water in search of treasures. Amanemu incorporates the natural surroundings, with zen gardens, lush maple and nemu trees and beautiful natural wood buildings.

The hotel is designed as a contemporary interpretation of traditional Japanese Minka-style cottages, which emerged in Japan’s Edo period. The low-slung tile roofs and dark cedar walls nod to the natural surroundings. Inside, each is perfectly situated to maximise views of the bay, best enjoyed from the private onsen, or hot springs tub, made from volcanic rock.

Soak up the area’s mineral waters in the Aman Spa, where treatments in private onsen pavilions showcase the healing waters. Then embrace the region’s bounty at the restaurant, where spiny lobster and Wagyu beef offer a savory taste of Japan’s best.

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