To escape the teeming millions in metropolitan Tokyo, travel for two hours by Shinkansen (Japanese high-speed railway line) and local train to the Izu peninsula, one of Japan’s most beautiful natural settings. Cliffs, beaches, and coral reefs along the coast, towards the center a jungle-like mountain landscape with mineral springs, river rapids, and waterfalls. In the middle of these heights—suitable models for watercolor artists—is enthroned this 16-room resort with private open-air onsen above roaring rapids. The “total work of art” is a mixture of auberge and ryokan with a gourmet restaurant. Nature, garden, architecture, service, and cuisine produce feelings of happiness for all the senses at once.