A cave-like restaurant designed by architect Junya Ishigami, opened in the summer of 2021


The cave-like restaurant “maison owl” designed by architect Junya Ishigami will open in the summer of 2021. It is a space like a “cave” created with the idea of “inviting guests to the chef’s hideout and spending time feeling romance.” It is possible to stay in the hideout only for one group per day.

About this architectural project

It’s likely to be there for 10,000 years, and it’s likely to be there 10,000 years later.
Designed by architect Junya Ishigami “House & Restaurant”

Model exhibited at the solo exhibition of "Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art" in Paris

The concept started in 2013 with the chef’s thought, “The weight of time is originally included, and the weight increases with time.” So far, he has held a large solo exhibition at the Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art in Paris. It has been introduced in New York “Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)”, Rome, London, Shanghai, Tokyo, etc., and is attracting attention from all over the world.

About House & Restaurant "maison owl"

“Cave x French x Wine”
It is a restaurant that invites guests to the chef’s hideout and acts French to feel the ingredients. The truffle-scented cave is a fascinating space that makes you more sensitive to food and wine. Original vessels and cutlery are also produced to match the style of “maison owl”. House & Restaurant where you can stay only for one group per day.

Mr. Jiro Yoshida, a potter

Yuki Sakano

House & Restaurant "maison owl" image
"Maison owl" owner chef Motonori Hirata (C) Satoru EMOTO @ SARUTO Inc.

“Maison owl” owner chef Motonori Hirata
Born in 1975, from Ube City, Yamaguchi Prefecture. He woke up to cooking in Tokyo, returned home at the age of 27, and opened “restaurant noel”. He is self-taught and studying.
“Restaurant noel” is a French restaurant with a homely atmosphere that has been around for 18 years. The best restaurant selected for tabelog in 2009 and 2010. It is also published in the restaurant guide “Go et Miyo”, which originated in France and has a strong influence along with the “Michelin Guide”.
Based on the concept of “universally attractive dishes,” we will serve meals that carefully taste the ingredients, inheriting the French classics.


Architect Junya Ishigami
After completing the master’s program at the Department of Architecture, Graduate School of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts, he established Junya Ishigami Architects in 2004 after working at Kazuyo Senoshima Architects.
Major works include Kanagawa Institute of Technology KAIT Studio, Kanagawa Institute of Technology KAIT Square, Vijversburg Visitor Center (Netherlands), Botanical Garden Art Biotop / Water Garden, 2019 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, Moscow Science and Technology Museum Expansion and Renovation (Russia) Moscow) etc.
2018 Paris He is the Junya Ishigami Freeing Architecture Freeing Architecture Exhibition at the Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art. He has received many awards such as the 2009 AIJ Prize (work), the 2010 Venice Biennale 12th International Architecture Exhibition Golden Lion Award, the 2010 Mainichi Design Award, and the 2019 Obel Award.

maison owl

Opening: Scheduled for summer 2021 (Reservations will start around May)
Location: Currently private (*)
Access: About 15 minutes by car from Yamaguchi Ube Airport
About 10 minutes by direct bus or JR → taxi from Shin-Yamaguchi Station on the Shinkansen to Ubeshinkawa Station
Business hours: Dinner only (reservation required)
Price: Course 24,000 yen ~ (10% service charge, consumption tax not included)
Regular holiday: Irregular holidays

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* Please refrain from entering the construction site, so the location will not be disclosed at this time.



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