Aman’s first hot-spring resort launches in Japan

The 24 suites and four villas are strung along the white-sand edges of Ago Bay

A bedroom suite at Amanemu, Japan.
A bedroom suite at Amanemu, Japan.

Mie Prefecture, on the east coast of Kansai province in Japan, is a raggedy, balmy string of hilly bays and verdant flatlands best known for the Shinto Grand Shrine at Ise and the cultivated-pearl industry that’s flourished here since the 1980s. Next month it becomes home to Amanemu (www.aman.com; from Y118,589, about £675), the first onsen – hot spring – resort in the fast-growing Aman portfolio (a marriage that, come to think of it, we might have expected a long time ago from this brand).

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The 24 suites and four villas, strung along the white-sand edges of Ago Bay, will each have their own hot-spring pools, matched by several additional communal ones given over toWatsu and other hydrotherapies. The country’s high-speed train network makes for appealingly simple two-hour access from Tokyo.

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