- restorative retreat
Shishi-Iwa House is a collection of intimately crafted retreats, fusing a mastery of contemporary architecture, design and art with culinary tastemaking and a deep connection to nature.
Wrapped in wild forests and mountain peaks, Shishi-Iwa House Karuizawa is located in an idyllic resort town just an hour by train from Tokyo. It is home to three architectural masterpieces. SSH No.01 and SSH No.02 by Shigeru Ban opened in 2018 and 2022; SSH No.03 by Ryue Nishizawa in 2023. These are the first hotel projects for both Pritzker Prize-winning architects. Guests are able to stay at all three houses, which are a few minutes apart on foot.
Architecture has the power to impact emotions. The enhancement of both mental and physical well-being lies at the heart of Shishi-Iwa House. We offer a tailor-made program of events and activities throughout the year.
Just on its doorstep is a cornucopia of nature, with the retreat perfectly positioned to enjoy Karuizawa’s landscape, from national parks and bird sanctuaries to protected forests. Waterfall walks, forest bathing, bird watching plus seasonal cherry blossom and maple tree appreciation are among outdoor highlights.
Inside, guests can read art and architecture books from the Library, enjoy a hinoki-scented soak in the Bathhouse, relax with a shiatsu or ayurvedic massage, take part in meditation or tea rituals in the Teahouse and enjoy traditional sweets in the ochanoma Lounges. Art is also center stage, with an extensive private collection of paintings, woodblock prints and photography by a spectrum of acclaimed artists.
The Restaurant at SSH No.02 serves contemporary Japanese-French cuisine, crafted with seasonal ingredients from local farms. Guests can also relax at The Forest Terrace with a matcha cappuccino or a signature SSH maple leaf tea. After dark, rare wines, whiskies and cocktails are served at The Bar.
Shishi-Iwa House offers a 21st-century lifestyle for active, sophisticated, creative individuals who enjoy a passion for design, art, quality food and drink and seasonal nature.
- SAVOR JAPAN
- "Shishi-Iwa-House軽井沢 "で軽井沢の名建築と美食の旅へ
- ryue nishizawa designs nature retreat, nodding to japanese concept of negative space
- 【日本旅遊推薦】普立茲克建築獎得主西澤立衛輕井澤新作「Hinoki House No.3」將揭幕：透明簡樸空間絕美、扁柏木色調香氣營造神聖感！
SPECIAL OFFERSSH NO.03: EXCLUSIVE VIP
Be among the first to stay in Ryue Nishizawa’s transparent architecture – with a special VIP opening offer. It includes breakfast, a personal architecture tour, exclusive access to the Bathhouse and a six-course dinner by executive chef Masashi Okamoto. Offer is available between 17 and 21 May, costing 100,000 yen (plus service and taxes) for two people. For reservations, contact email@example.com.
SPECIAL OFFEREARLY BIRD
Enjoy a special 15% discount by reserving a room at least 60 days ahead of the arrival date. The offer applies to all rooms at Shishi-Iwa House Karuizawa, depending on availability. The discount is available only on our website and is non-refundable.
SPECIAL OFFERSSH NO.01 VILLA:
Your family summer holiday is on us with this VIP offer to stay at the 2-storey villa designed by Shigeru Ban. The Villa has 3 ensuite bedrooms, a living room and a simple kitchen. The package includes transport pick up from the train station, a guided waterfall nature walk, SSH signature wagyu beef burgers for lunch, and exclusive family use of Hinoki Bathhouse. Offer is 400,000 yen (plus service charge and taxes) per night for a minimum of 2 nights for 6 persons. Offer is subject to availability. For reservations, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be it a meditative garden stroll or a forested mountain hike, treat yourself to a full recharge in nature.LEARN MORE
Savor a taste of Karuizawa with exquisite meals at The Restaurant, a curated collection of rare drinks in The Wine & Whisky Bar and a local craft coffee in the treetops at the Forest Terrace – all open to non-staying visitors as well as overnight guests.LEARN MORE
- SSH PROGRAM
Bespoke tours, insider introductions and curated creative events: there’s always plenty to do at SSH.LEARN MORE
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD:
Say hello to the neighbors: from local chefs to the most popular craft coffee roasters in town.LEARN MORE
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Just one hour by bullet train from Tokyo, Karuizawa is the perfect weekend escape.LEARN MORE
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