Unique Hotels Popping Up in Osaka

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Osaka, Feb. 7 (Jiji Press)--Unique hotels are appearing one after another in the western Japan prefecture of Osaka, which is seeing an increase in the number of foreign visitors.

Hotel operators in the prefecture aim to attract visitors from abroad with distinctive features, as more and more foreigners look forward to experience-based activities in Japan.

"To upgrade Osaka to one of the best tourist spots in the world ahead of the 2025 World Expo, it's important for the local communities to have hotels with added value," Hiroshi Mizohata, a senior official of the Osaka Convention & Tourism Bureau, said. The exposition will be held on Yumeshima, an artificial island in Osaka Bay.

This month, major travel agency H.I.S. Co. <9603> opened "Henn na Hotel," or strange hotel, in the Shinsaibashi downtown district in the city of Osaka, the prefectural capital. It is the first such hotel in the Kansai western Japan region and 11th in the country.

Two dinosaur-type robots greet guests at the reception of the hotel, and 19 "RoBoHoN" communication robots, developed by Sharp Corp. <6753>, perform a dance every hour.

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