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In a woodland setting surrounded by streams and singing birds, the Niki Club & Resorts in Nasu, Tochigi Prefecture, offers guests a relaxing summer, providing them with an experience similar to a long-term stay at a summer house.

Designed by architect Akira Watanabe, the unique buildings blend East and West, with the main building appearing Japanese with exterior walls made from Oya tuff stones, Niki Club opened in 1986, as an auberge with only six guest rooms and a simple, but modern interior.

Today, it has grown in size, with 41 rooms, including a family suite that allows parents and children to enjoy their summer holidays together. Nature walks in the woods and art lessons are offered at the glass workshop and ceramic studio at Art Biotop Nasu, a facility at the club and resort for long-term artists in residence. Artworks such as paintings and sculptures adorn the guesthouse.

The upscale Niki Club & Spa, which opened in 2003, is equipped with a luxurious spa and restaurant offering meals cooked with fresh organic vegetables and herbs picked daily from its kitchen garden. The meals are a fusion of French techniques and ingredients unique to Japanese cuisine, and guests can choose from either a Japanese or Western-style breakfast.

Prices range from around ¥44,160 to ¥50,370 per person, per night (tax and service charges included).

“We want to welcome guests who will come not just for sightseeing, but with a wish to enjoy the stay itself at the club and resort,” said Takayuki Murai, the public relations manager.

“Guests can visit us each season and enjoy nature in tune with the different times of year.”

Niki Club is a 30-minute drive (free shuttle bus available) from JR Nasu Shiobara Station, which is about 75 minutes by Tohoku Shinkansen from Tokyo Station. For further information, call 0287-78-2215, or visit www.nikiclub.jp.

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