Scattered-Style Hotel Biz Spreading in Japan

Society Culture Economy

Tokyo, Sept. 29 (Jiji Press)--A unique hotel business to offer services at accommodations and eateries scattered about within a walking distance is spreading in Japan.

Often reutilizing traditional Japanese houses as hotel facilities, the business aims to allow guests to walk around a city as if in a hotel and experience local culture and cuisine.

The business of operating such scattered-type hotels is believed to have originated in Europe.

In Japan, Maruyama Village, a facility that opened in 2009 in the city of Sasayama in the western prefecture of Hyogo, is said to be the pioneer. Users of the facility can enjoy activities such as agriculture experience, pottery making and tea ceremony while staying at renovated traditional Japanese houses.

In the city of Mino in the central prefecture of Gifu, which flourished with the production and trading of high-quality "washi" Japanese papers during the Edo period (1603-1868), a traditional Japanese house aged more than 100 years of a washi merchant was renovated into a hotel.

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