Hasegawa realized early on that any landscape design would need to perfectly balance the needs of a resort village with the existing natural environment. He first focused on how to preserve the shape of the valley, its river, and the large, ancient trees.
The trees were the key. They had existed in the valley for centuries, drawing water from the river flowing in from nearby Mt. Asama. Around them spread terraced hills and natural trails. Hasegawa became inspired to connect these scenic elements with footpaths and small bridges.
The footpaths wind freely along the contours of the premises. Guests who travel along them will experience scenery and soundscapes that continuously change, from the coming and going of the river's murmurs to the varying fauna that can be found around every corner.