Summer is coming. Air is heated up by the sun. Cars and motorcycles ride on the heated asphalt road. People sweat and walk shoulder to shoulder. Air conditioning can keep you dry but cannot take away the heat in the summer. When you walk into Guguan along the mountains, you will be lost in the mountain ranges and green forest. The warm, dim light in the bamboo forest quietly shines. “HOSHINOYA Guguan”, a pavilion in the river valley, is hidden in the sacred land. You can enjoy the wind and the river and the temperature that is five degrees Celsius cooler than in Taipei. Open all your senses to enjoy a one-day “Noryo” tour.
經過迎賓竹林，飯店建築恍如一半開書本遺落於群山秘境裡，Studio on site 董事長長谷川浩己借景在地山水景緻打造「水之庭園」，漫步於蜿蜒綠林，每一步都是探索，靜聽引自露天溫泉浴池後方的瀑布與 SPA 區前方水源的淙淙流水聲，不同植栽、花卉散放香氣洗滌鼻尖，躺臥於Gazebo涼亭、長廊椅凳，感受時刻變換、湧動的生命力。
四季分明的日本盛夏，高溫不亞於台灣，虹夕諾雅 谷關辦起「溪谷沁涼之夏」活動， 引進「納涼」文化更巧妙運用在地物產。大地不僅賜予谷關生生不息的溫泉，更是五葉松的故鄉，早飯後漫步水之庭園，飯店精心特製的「五葉松剉冰」恍若谷關春夏山景縮影，清冰上灑落五葉松粉末，色彩鮮明的食用花點綴其間，一口口吃下脆口剉冰再品嘗季節果物，口中盈滿清爽香氣。
In Another Universe
Guguan is located in a trench inside the Seven Heroes of Guguan at 800 meters. Dajia River erodes the valley all the time and forms a hot spring for years. Japanese hospitality group Hoshino Resorts searches for beautiful views in Kyoto, Mt. Fuji, Okinawa and even Bali. It did not choose Guguan by accident. From its location, amenities to rooms, Hoshino Resorts introduced the traditional Japanese Wabi-Sabi into a supreme resort and delicately guided travelers to return to the plain nature.
After passing through a bamboo forest, you will see the hotel as a half-open book lost in a hidden realm in the mountains. President of studio on site Hiroki Hasegawa
built a water garden with the technique of borrowed scenery by using the local mountain and river. While taking a stroll in the winding forest, you can explore this place and listen to the waterfall flowing from the far end of the outdoor baths, as well as a pond near the spa building. Also, you will smell the great aroma of various plants and flowers. When you lie in Gazebo and on the bench in the corridor, you can sense the ever-changing, surging vitality.
After shaking off the bustling outside the mountains, you will enter the reception building designed by the President of Azuma Architect & Associates Rie Azuma. The simple, grand space and design created a broad vision. President of Illumination of City Environment Masanobu Takeishi created a layered lighting design reflecting the craft culture of Taiwan as represented by the island’s cloth dyeing and woodwork traditions. The adequate art display and floor- and ground-level lighting enable visitors to truly relax.
One-Day Noryo Tour
In Japan, it is very cold in the winter and very hot in the summer. The summer heat in Japan is just as high as in Taiwan. HOSHINOYA Guguan introduced the Japanese “Noryo” culture and uses local specialties cleverly. The land gives Guguan a long-lasting hot spring and a home for the Taiwan pine. Rambling in the water garden after breakfast, you can enjoy the “Taiwan pine shaved ice” delicately prepared by Hoshinoya. This dessert is an epitome of the mountain view of Guguan in the spring and summer. Powders of Taiwan pine sprayed on pure ice and bright edible flowers are decorated on the ice. While eating the crunchy ice and the seasonal fruit, your mouth is filled with a fresh aroma.
At noon, you can enjoy the “ice brick cold noodle” in the restaurant. The typical container is replaced with a plump, clear ice brick. The coolness of the ice brick is shocking and delicious. This meal is made based on the recipe of Japanese cold noodles and is poured with Japanese sauce. Local food ingredients such as mushroom and agaric are used. You can suck on the refreshing coolness wrapped around noodles and eat the crispy tempura at the same time. Only five sets are available per day. Guests can definitely enjoy and forget about the torture of eating hot food in an air-conditioned room in the summer.
You can booze yourself in the summer night and walk with your family and your loved one to the poolside. Hoshinoya provides three cocktails and a special Ramune inspired by local plants and spices. “Taiwan Pine Mojito” is made by mixing mint and Taiwan pine syrup and has a refreshing taste. Alianthus Prickly Ash Salty Dog” is made by spreading alianthus prickly ash salt around the edge of the glass and it has the taste of the alianthus prickly ash, similar to lemongrass and the fragrance of grapefruit juice. “Maqaw Lemon Sorbet with Sparkling Wine” is mixed with sparkling wine and a lemon sorbet. You can enjoy a cool summer and relieve dullness in mind in a one-day Noryo tour.
Luxurious Quiet Time
When the night falls, the warm light shines the night from the outdoor landscape, public space to the guest rooms. Most rooms are laid out in a maisonette style. The cool breeze slowly blows into the windows on both sides. When you enjoy the semi-outdoor bathing pool, you can watch the steam forming a picture cloaking the land. The large French window uses the deep, serene mountain or water view as a natural screen. At night, you can quietly lie in bed like lying on the infinite universe. Even in a hot summer, you can still experience the great healing experience of hot spring and the luxurious serene time.