"The enigmatic owner Mitsu has created a unique hotel experience in the Ashizuri Cape, quite unlike anywhere else we stayed in Japan. Each room in the condominium block has been transformed into a mini-design project with Mitsu using his love of natural materials and design classics from the 50s, 60s and 70s combined with a nod to traditional Japanese simplicity and elegance to create stylish an comfortable accommodation that was a a joy to stay in. The beech which the hotel overlooks is stunning and we had it almost entirely to ourselves, albeit very early in the season at the end of March. Mitsu is an engaging host and invited us to join him and his wife and another guest for a family style dinner which is the norm for evening meals at Kaiyu. The food was fabulous, more Mediterranean than Japanese and conversation relaxed and engaging. Mitsu is very interested in issues of ecology and wellbeing and on our second night invited us to join a group of locals over dinner to discuss happiness in the modern world. On our last morning we took advantage of a private Onsen with lovely views out over the bay. Kaiyu is a wonderful project and a relaxing and refreshing place to stay. It's not for everyone and by no-means a conventional hotel but we found our stay restorative and refreshing."