With tightening border controls and social distancing efforts amid the coronavirus pandemic limiting nonessential travel, hotels in Japan facing a sharp fall in bookings have been offering unconventional plans to attract guests.

Homeikan, an operator of traditional Japanese-style inns in the Hongo district of Tokyo, became an instant sensation with an offer designed to make the guest feel like great authors of times past.

The district in Bunkyo Ward was home to more than 100 traditional ryokan inns where distinguished writers such as Takuboku Ishikawa, Hakushu Kitara and well as legendary manga author Osamu Tezuka secluded themselves to finish their work on schedule.