hotels

We celebrate “Toilet Day” in Japan with a visit to a public toilet worth 100 million yen

With lavishly decorated gold-painted ceilings, a flowing brook and a Japanese style bridge, this is one of the most stylish places to do your business in Japan.

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Are Japan’s love hotels secretly filming their guests? We ask a former employee

Consenting adults generally go to love hotels for the express purpose of getting naked, but how much privacy do they really have?

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Why do so many Japanese love hotels refuse service to gay male couples?

We spoke to an industry veteran about the rationale behind the common practice, and got an answer we definitely weren’t expecting.

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Why stay in a hotel when you can spend the night in this Tokyo bookstore instead?

In what’s become an annual event, bookseller Junkudo is letting lucky lovers of literature spend one night slumbering among its shelves.

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Japanese love hotel makes plans to apply for Guinness World Record

The reason for their entry will surprise you.

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Tokyo hotel celebrates Halloween with “bloodstained” cake and chocolate that looks like turds

But don’t fill up on those, because you’ll want to save room for the Witch Organ Soup.

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Akihabara’s new capsule hotel has a bar with craft beer and sake, hot spring-style mineral bath

Capsules are only the beginning of what this new Tokyo capsule hotel has to offer.

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Why Does Engrish Happen in Japan? – Breakfast buffet edition

Is there a better way to start your day than with a nice plate of Italian wind salad and “near the broil with salt?”

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Swanky Tokyo hotel’s 2.2-pound bacon cheeseburger has us wanting to book a room for the food coma

Some would say it’s wrong to go to a fancy steakhouse and order a burger. If so, then we don’t want to be right.

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Japanese hotel guest leaves pile of erotic manga out, gets pleasant surprise from cleaning staff

Just because you like dirty dojinshi doesn’t mean you can’t have a clean room.

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Japan’s top 10 hotel breakfasts 2016: Kobe hotel tops the list once again!

Experience a tour of some of Japan’s best cuisine without even setting foot outside of your hotel with these top 10 breakfast buffet picks.

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Magical girl anime PreCure! has its own themed hotel rooms in Japan

More than 10,000 guests have stayed in hotel’s magical girl-decorated rooms.

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Low-cost Japanese inn welcomes foreign guests with hot springs, sake tastings, cosplay backdrops

Soak up some Japanese atmosphere without busting your budget.

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Flight delay ruins woman’s Valentine’s Day, airline apologizes, books her into S&M love hotel

After an airline scuppered passengers’ Valentine’s Day plans with a huge delay, one woman found herself in yet another bind when she learned that her complimentary hotel stay would be in an S&M dungeon-themed love hotel.

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The Bat Cave apartment: a unique place to stay in Shibuya, Tokyo

Ever wondered where Bruce Wayne would crash during a visit to Tokyo? You’d find him here in the Bat Cave, of course, and now you can stay here too!

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An in-depth look at the Gundam Suite at Grand Pacific Le Daiba 【Video】

This suite has been open for a while now, but we definitely think you’ve never seen it up close like this before.

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Hotel guest leaves origami for cleaning staff, back-and-forth folding battle ensues!

Tipping is a custom often debated in the world of customer service. Proponents of the practice believe workers are more motivated to give better service knowing that they will be paid better for doing so, while opponents argue that it shouldn’t be up to the customer to determine how much the employee gets paid.

But whether working for tips or not, if you treat the one serving you with kindness and respect, they are more likely to go out of their way to give you better service. Take, for example, this poster on Twitter, who left a little origami crane with a tip for the hotel cleaning staff, and in return got an even bigger surprise!

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Park Hyatt Hotel honors hotel guest’s request to stay in Bill Murray’s “Lost in Translation” room

On vacation in Tokyo but feeling a little “lost in translation”? Well, if you’ve got the cash to splash, why not make your Japan experience even more memorable by paying homage to the classic comedy-drama of the same name by staying at the Park Hyatt Hotel, considered by some to be Tokyo’s best luxury hotel.

For those who are extremely fortunate, as one Reddit user recently found, you might even score a fabulous night in the suite used by Bill Murray in the movie.

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Bookstore-styled Tokyo hostel has 1,700 books to read, bunks in the shelves to sleep next to them

Last summer, we heard about what sounded like the perfect place for lovers of travel and literature: a hotel in Tokyo designed like a bookstore and filled with reading material. It might sound like a fictitious flight of fancy, but Book and Bed Tokyo is very much real, and with its grand opening just days away, not only have pictures have surfaced of the unique accommodations, we now know how much it will cost to stay there and a little more about what kind of books it will have.

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Hotel offers guests the chance to experience the 1,000-year-old lifestyle of the Heian Period

Japanese history can be a lot of fun to explore, from the Sengoku era to the modernization of Japan in the Meiji Period. We’re sure everyone has their own favorite time period, but one that doesn’t always get the respect it deserves is the Heian Period. Lasting roughly from 794 to 1185, the period was a relatively peaceful time in Japan that saw a blossoming of culture in everything from literature to music.

Unfortunately, we can’t just hop on a plane and go back in time to see everything for ourselves. But there is a hotel in Shikoku where you can experience a bit of the Heian life for yourself complete with period costumes, games, and architecture! So whether you’re a history buff or just need a major change of scenery, you’ll want to check out Gosho Yashiro no Mori!
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