The quietude at Numazu Club is its biggest selling point. Even when the sliding doors of a guest room at the villa are wide open, there’s only the faint rustle of pine trees in the breeze and the odd splash of a few birds enjoying the spring water of a shallow garden pool.

There is indeed very little to do at the resort, which sits nestled between private vacation homes in Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture, a 10-minute drive from the city center. The only nearby points of interest are a beach promenade and Senbonhama Park, a swathe of land filled with pine trees. The villa rooms, designed by architect Akira Watanabe (1938-2010), are elegantly minimalist in decor with views of a simple, pebble-lined pool of still water, and there is not one TV in sight.

If meditation were to manifest itself as architecture, then Numazu Club would be it.