Tatami rides wave of newfound popularity among overseas visitors

Jan 5, 2017

Tatami rides wave of newfound popularity among overseas visitors

Tatami mats, a trapping of traditional Japanese life, are attracting the attention of growing numbers of tourists from overseas. To meet the newfound demand, lodgings, including high-end urban hotels, are publicizing Japanese-style rooms featuring the traditional mats. At the Hotel Grand Ark Hanzomon, tatami ...

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 ...