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"Ultra-minimal design hotel overlooking lush mountains and sea, created by master architect Tadao Ando"

Need to know

    • Seven all-suite rooms
    • Matsuyama, Japan
    • A masterpiece of stripped-back design
    • Check-in is 3pm, check-out is 11am

We love

  • Spotting artworks dotted through the hotel, with pieces by Yutaka Ono, Frank Stella and Rieko Kawabe.
  • Gazing out of the vast glass windows, which offer views across the island chains and glittering waters of the Setouchi Inland Sea from their mountaintop perch.
  • Eating at the in-house Minagi restaurant, where guests can try out a traditional Kaiseki dining experience.

Top Secret

The hotel’s so-called ‘Cave Pool’ can be rented out for private use by guests – perfect as part of a romantic surprise, or for creating a moment of true peace and calm.


Setouchi Aonagi opened in late 2015, designed by the world-renowned architect Mr. Tadao Ando. The building was completed 17 years ago as a private guesthouse, before later becoming an art museum – and now a luxury minimalist hotel. 

The Review

With its vast, panoramic views and spectacular glass and concrete architecture, Setouchi Aonagi is destined to be forever seared in the memory of any minimalist art and design fan who visits. Created by the award-winning architect Tadao Ando, the structure creates a sense of unity with the surrounding landscape, drawing in the natural light and colours of land, sea and sky for a true feeling of serenity.

Home to seven all-suite rooms which continue the hotel’s running theme of pared-back luxury and impeccable minimalist style, Setouchi Aonagi is a haven that acts on all fronts to rejuvenate the mind, body and spirit. ‘The Blue’, the hotel’s outdoor pool with sweeping sea views, and ‘The Cave’ with its forest vista, both offer the ideal space to stretch one’s muscles while marvelling at the beauty of Japanese nature, while a hot spring jacuzzi and sauna are a great place to unwind and destress. The on-site spa has expert technicians and masseuses offering specialised treatments using all-natural Japanese ingredients.

Art-lovers will delight in the hotel’s impressive collection, which can be spotted throughout the hotel’s art gallery. Dining is another draw at Setouchi Aonagi – the Minagi restaurant uses seasonal ingredients provided by local fishermen and farmers from across the Seto Inland region, masterfully transformed into a fresh take on Washoku (traditional Japanese dishes) with multi-course Kaiseki supper options. If you can tear yourself away from the hotel, there is plenty to see and do in the local area too – from exploring the misty pathways of Seto Inland Sea National Park to taking a trip to Japan’s oldest hot spring, Dogo Onsen.


Setouchi Aonagi

  • Address: 794-1 Yanaidanimachi, Matsuyama, Ehime 799-2641, Japan
  • Travel info: The hotel is a 45-minute drive from Matsuyama Airport, or just over two hours’ drive from Hiroshima Airport. Airport transfers can be arranged

Key Features

  • Sauna

  • Airport Transfer

  • Pool

  • Free Wifi

  • Airport Shuttle

  • Car Parking

  • Bar

  • Restaurant

  • Spa