A traditional Mongolian dwelling set up in a camping area in the town of Hojo, Tottori Prefecture.

TOTTORI (Kyodo) Authentic Mongolian yurts in a municipal camping area in Hojo, Tottori Prefecture, can be booked beginning this month, according to a group working to foster awareness of Mongolian culture.

Seven to eight people can stay in one of the three imported yurts for 5,000 yen per night, the organizers said, adding that the group plans to set up similar accommodations in the Tottori town of Daisen.

Yurts are domed, tentlike dwellings whose cultural legacy symbolizes the lifestyles of nomads since the time of Mongolian warrior-ruler Genghis Khan.

They can be pitched almost anywhere and are made of hide, felt or brightly colored handwoven textiles pulled over wooden poles.

Tadakimi Matsunaga, head of the group, expressed hope that people will become more familiar with Mongolian culture by staying in the yurts.

For more information, call (0859) 56-3225.

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