Mifuneyama Rakuen Hotel, Saga
Tucked away in Kyushu’s sacred Mifuneyama mountain is the Mifuneyama Rakuen Hotel. The Japanese inn has always been a popular destination for those looking for a secluded onsen getaway, but the more recent addition of a digital art installation by teamLab provides even more reason for art lovers to go to Kyushu.
Established in 1966, the hotel mostly features traditional-style guest rooms with tatami mats and Edo-period (1603-1868) artworks. In the hotel lobby is the teamLab installation titled Forest of Resonating Lamps. While the colourful LED lamps are a modern contrast to the traditional rooms, the art installation serves the same purpose as the hotel’s award-winning saunas and hot spring baths – giving guests a chance to reflect while immersed in a soothing, therapeutic place.
The colours of the lamps change several times a year depending on the season, and range from cherry-blossom pink to a deep autumn-leaf red. To see more works by teamLab, plan a visit between summer and autumn – that’s when teamLab hosts a nighttime exhibition in the surrounding forest each year.