Immerse into Sensitivity

Immerse into creation, a sophistication of the five senses.
This space and time in GARAKU might be “Art” itself.

Architect of Garaku

Hiroshi Naito


Architect Hiroshi Naito designed Garaku ANNEX with a concept that shows “the sophistication of SUKIYA, (a style of a tea ceremony arbor), with elements of untamed beauty found in Asia.” He expressed the concept to the space by using new construction methods and innovative ideas, such as Japanese traditional AZEKURA style concrete walls or walkways dedicated to leading guests to their rooms.

Architect of Garaku

Hiroshi Naito

Architect /
Emeritus Professor, The University of Tokyo

1950 Born in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
1974 Graduated from Waseda University (B.Arch)
1976 Completed studies under Prof.Takamasa Yoshizaka at the
Graduate School of Waseda University(M.Arch)
1976-78 Chief Architect at the office of architect Fernand Higueras
(Madrid, Spain)
1979-81 Worked at the office of architect Kiyonori Kikutake
(Tokyo, Japan)
1981 Established Naito Architect & Associates
2001 Associate Professor, The University of Tokyo
2002-11 Professor, The University of Tokyo
2010-11 Executive Vice President, The University of Tokyo
2011- Emeritus Professor , The University of Tokyo
1992 Sea-Folk Museum
1997 Chihiro Art Museum Azumino
1997 Tenshin Memorial Museum of Art, Ibaraki
1999 Tokamachi Public Library
1999 Makino Museum of Plants and People
2005 Shimane Arts Center
2005 River Retreat GARAKU Annex
2008 Hyugashi Station
2017 Toyama Prefectural Museum of Art and Design
2018 TORAYA Akasaka
1993 The Education Minister's Art Encouragement Prize for New Artists(Sea-Folk Museum)
1993 The Prize of Architectural Institute of Japan for Design(Sea-Folk Museum)
1993 The 18th Isoya Yoshida Memorial Prize(Sea-Folk Museum)
2000 The 13th Togo Murano Prize(Makino Museum of Plants and People)
2001 The 42th BCS Prize(Makino Museum of Plants and People)
2008 The 10th Brunel Award(Hyugashi Station)
Naito Architect & Associates

Artists express Garaku

Encounter art by contemporary artists throughout our property.

Tea Rooms

The two tea rooms “Mushian” and “Gihoken” contrast in atmosphere and taste.
Hear the sound of water gently boil in an iron tea kettle
and admire the elegant beauty of tea utensils.


Immerse into the sophisticated sound of top quality audio.
Highlight a luxurious stay at Garaku with total immersion in realistic sound.

Art Walk

Walking with art along the Jinzu Gorge.
Stroll around in nature, enjoying artworks by contemporary artists.