The quaint village of Fujimi is located near the border of Nagano and Yamanashi Prefectures. Time tends to pass a bit more slowly here where rice paddies overlook the Southern Alps, Mt. Yatsugatake, and Mt. Fuji. It’s here that architect-extraordinaire Terunobu Fujimori decided to build his first-ever guest lodge.
Fujimori (previously) is an academic-turned-architect whose work is deeply rooted in the concept of the tea ceremony, and by extension, harmony with nature. He is perhaps best-known for his tree house tea house ‘takasugi-an‘ which was constructed in 2004 atop 2 trees.
Thirteen years in the making, ‘Kodamari Fuji‘ is Fujimori’s first-ever lodge and will allow groups of up to 5 to stay, offering an up close and personal experience with Fujimori’s architecture, as well as a lifestyle unique to the local region. Surrounded by rice fields, the guest house sits atop a hill on a 4,000 square meter site. Nearby is a 300-year old cherry blossom tree, a symbol of the region, which is what inspired the architect to plant fuji-sakura cherry trees across the roof.
Every detail of the home, from the charred yaki-sugi exterior and hand-bent copper roof tile to the individual furniture was designed by Fujimori himself. It’s truly a home that is intended to nourish the body and soul. You can learn more about the lodge and book reservations (94600 jpy/ night) on their website. You can also follow along with them on Instagram.