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Hiratakan Annex Building

Hiratakan Annex Building

Constructed in 1960, the Hirtakan annex is the newest addition to Nishimuraya Honkan. Designed by the master sukiya architect Masaya Hirata, the rooms, gardens and hot spring of the Hiratakan have a distinctive feel and aura about them. It is this uniqueness that makes the Hiratakan the, “ryokan inside a ryokan”.

Hiratakan Annex Building

Masaya Hirata (1900-1980)

Born in Sakai City, Osaka. Masaya Hirata devoted his entire life to the design and construction of sukiya-style architecture. His works include the tea ceremony room of the former Prince Asaka residence, a tea house at Daitokuji Temple and other buildings such as Japanese restaurants, ryokans and private homes.

What is “sukiya”?

What is “sukiya”?

Japanese architecture has a long and varied history, with many different styles and influences, but sukiya represents the essence of what many visitors consider to be traditional Japanese building design: an empahsis on natural materials, relaxed atmosphere and attention to detail.

Sukiya started as an architectural style for tea houses. It developed both with and as a contrast to the shoin style of architecture, borrowing many features such as tatami mat floors, ante rooms, and the use of small alcoves used to display art (tokonoma). Sukiya emphasizes simplicity and nature over ornament.

Hiratakan Annex Building

  • >Horai Special Room (with open-air bath)
  • Kangetsu Special Room (with open-air bath)
  • >Horai Special Room (with open-air bath)
  • Kangetsu Special Room (with open-air bath)