This 1yo new art-themed hotel is the reason why I came all the way to the hot spring area in Beppu. The architecture is by the Beppu-based local architectural design company DABURA.m, and graf, a creative unit from Osaka, designed furnitures and signage. The room is simple and functional—similar to the one at SOKI in Atami—and it comes with a spacious balcony overlooking Beppu Bay. The best feature of the room is a half-open-air private hot spring bathtub with a traditional wooden lid. Thanks to it, I can have the luxury to enjoy both a great sea view and one of the best onsen water in Japan at the same time.