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Cruise the Seto Inland Sea in Japan

For a unique and extravagant Japanese experience, The Art of Travel recommends a multi-day cruise on the Guntu, a floating luxury ryokan in the Seto Inland Sea. This is the ideal way to explore the stunning Setouchi landscape with its more than 700 islands. Depending on the route, travelers can stop off at popular destinations like Miyajima with its iconic floating torii gate or the Naoshima art island.

Designed by the architect Yasushi ­Horibe, the Guntu’s wood-paneled interiors and traditional Japanese elements guarantee a stylish yet comfortable journey. The boat’s 19 cabins boast large windows with sea views, a separate sitting area, a glassed-in bathroom, and a private terrace. Some suites also have their own private open-air bath. When onboard, guests can enjoy gourmet local cuisine, an onsen, sauna, spa treatments and a gym.

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