Robot-run Henn na Hotel in Nagasaki enters Guinness book

Nov 18, 2016

Robot-run Henn na Hotel in Nagasaki enters Guinness book

The Henn na Hotel in Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture, has been recognized by Guinness World Records as “the first robot-staffed hotel” in the world, according to the chief of the Huis Ten Bosch theme park. “Our hotel will keep on moving with the evolution of ...

Nov 7, 2016

Ritz-Carlton to open hotel in Nikko in 2020

A Ritz-Carlton hotel will open in the resort city of Nikko, north of Tokyo, in the summer of 2020, aiming to attract affluent foreign tourists, its operators said Monday. Ritz-Carlton Hotel Nikko will be the sixth in Japan to open under the luxurious hotel ...

Hotel chain trains more female 'ryokan' chiefs

Aug 29, 2016

Hotel chain trains more female 'ryokan' chiefs

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In view of the increasing number of foreign visitors to Japan, Fujita Kanko Inc., a Tokyo-based hotel chain, is stepping up efforts to train female staff in providing service in the style of okami at Japanese ryokan (inns). The okami is the chief female ...

Fukuoka inn taps 'Internet of Things' fad for smartphone crowd

Aug 21, 2016

Fukuoka inn taps 'Internet of Things' fad for smartphone crowd

A small hotel in the city of Fukuoka is adopting “Internet of Things” technology so some of its guests can adjust their room conditions via smartphone. And Hostel opened Friday as Japan’s first inn to fully use IoT technology, the operator said. Sony Corp., ...

New inn style: Tokyo's first luxury ryokan

Jul 30, 2016

New inn style: Tokyo's first luxury ryokan

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There are seasonal ikebana arrangements, tatami-mat flooring, kimono-style outfits for guests and a steaming hot onsen spring water bath. So far, so ryokan, the traditional-style Japanese inns that dot the country. Until a screen slides open in one of the guestrooms, and 11th-floor views ...