UNIQUE STYLES OF HOSPITALITY
A collection of quirky hotels
There are a quite a few “interesting” hotels in Japan – from the good, old-fashioned traditional ones passed down through generations, to those with visions of the not-too-distant future racing ahead of the pack. Might I suggest you make your next trip to Japan all about staying at (and experiencing) these “unique” hotels?
BED AND CRAFT
BECOME A MASTER’S APPRENTICE AT THIS HOTEL
BED AND CRAFT is located in one of the most prominent wood carving towns in Japan and isn’t merely a place for weary travellers to rest. This hotel gives guests the opportunity to become apprentices to artisan wood carvers and lacquer artists by participating in one of the workshops. A quick trip into town reveals cafés and izakayas (Japanese pubs) to stop by, as well as other tourists, and locals to mingle with. Drop on by to experience a hotel that has taken over a whole region.
●Address: 1896-1 Inami, Nanto-shi, Toyama
MEMORIES MADE OF DREAMS
“The receptionist is a robot?!” – Henn-na Hotel promises to continue changing with the times and is recognised in the Guinness Book of World Records as “the first robot-staffed hotel” with its multi lingual robot. The hotel offers a comfortable place to stay using various different types of the latest technology. You’re guaranteed to have an everchanging experience weighted around the time of your stay and your particular needs.
●Locations: Hennna Hotel Maihama Tokyo Bay, Nishikasai, Ginza, Hamamatsucho, Asakusabashi, Haneda, Asakusa
KEIO PLAZA HOTEL TOKYO
THE PERFECT STAY
Electric reclining beds? Electric-powered chairs? Look no further than the “Universal Designed Room” offered by the Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo, which aims to provide guests with “adjustability” and “adaptability” customisations to suit their needs. Other room types, such as the Japanesestyled tatami rooms, and “Luxury Fourth” rooms with 4 beds and 2 shower rooms, can also be found amongst a variety of others at this hotel.
●Address: 2-2-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
THE FUTURE OF LODGING
Do you want to stay somewhere homely? Play for work? Travel while you work? Do these modern lifestyles appeal to you? The work spaces, kitchen, and other common facilities that can be used 24 hours a day make up 20% of this hotel. Sleep is only a small portion of this whole experience. The true value in a stay at this hotel is in the lifestyle it offers.
●Address: [Kyoto] 235 Yamazakicho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyotoshi, Kyoto
[Shibuya] 1-20-13 Jinnan, Shibuyaku, Tokyo
HOTEL GRACERY SHINJUKU
BOOK A ROOM TO MEET GODZILLA
There is only one hotel in the entire world where guests can get up close and personal with the one and only Godzilla – the HOTEL GRACERY SHINJUKU in Tokyo. This hotel features a “Godzilla Room” for a kaiju world experience, and another room with a Godzilla head poking outside. Zip over to Tokyo to see Godzilla for yourself!
●Address: 1-19-1, Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
BnA HOTEL KOENJI / BnA STUDIO AKIHABARA
SLEEP IN A MASTERPIECE
A hotel where you can sleep in an artist’s creation. The concept behind the BnA HOTEL Koenji is “a hotel which incorporates the whole of Koenji with art rooms around the town” and the hotel is currently doing just that in a world first. The theme of the BnA STUDIO Akihabara is, “living with art, a next-generation Tokyo urban lifestyle”. Guests can stay in one of these rooms surrounded by the art of spirited artists.
●Address: [Koenji] 2-4-7 Koenjikita, Suginami-ku, Tokyo
[Akihabara] 6-3-3 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo