The Expected Inn is really quite unexpected!
With a sudden influx of foreign visitors to Japan in recent years, some areas of the country are finding that there’s a shortage of hotel facilities available. On the other hand, real estate agencies seem to have an abundance of vacant apartments and rental homes that they’re struggling to keep occupied. However, to fill in the gap, real estate companies can acquire a permit to set up and rent out those vacant rooms to travelers, listing the rooms on websites like Airbnb.
Once such company – Reqrea, Inc. – in Fukuoka Prefecture, on Japan’s southern island of Kyushu, has recently opened up one such lodging – an old house that has been renovated in a most spectacular way!
The three-story, two-bedroom home with living room, dining room and kitchen, can accommodate up to 16 people, but the best part of it all is the themed decor, which takes its inspiration from the dorms and halls of Hogwarts from the Harry Potter films! The wood, brick, and marble-like interiors are adorned with accents that really help put the whole thing together.
▼ Large, historic-looking tomes…
▼ Chandeliers hung from wooden ceilings…
▼ Classic learning tools…
▼ And even a little owl friend to keep watch over you!
The house is located only a 10 minute walk from JR Hakata Station in the heart of Fukuoka City. Guests have access to the full 111 square-meter (1195 square-foot) house, which is entirely theirs during their stay.
▼ The hallways lined with old paintings and photographs seem especially familiar!
The Expected Inn has just opened on May 17, and can be booked from its listing here on Airbnb. It’s sure to be a great accommodation for you and your travel mates while you explore the sights, sounds, and tastes that Fukuoka has to offer!