As the country’s cultural and historical heart, Kyoto deserves a place on any Japan travel itinerary. However, with the city welcoming so many travelers, it can sometimes be difficult to find a hotel with free rooms on the nights you wish to stay.
But if you are looking for a place to stay in the former capital of Japan, you will be happy to know that there is currently a new hotel that is preparing to receive guests. In a nod to local history, the building is actually the former headquarters of a local company. Maybe you’ve heard of it; it’s called Nintendo.
In the pre-game era, Nintendo created playing cards and later branched out into children’s toys. After the release of Famicom / NES, however, the company quickly grew to become one of the most successful entertainment media companies on the planet, and that expansion meant that it eventually had to move from the office building where he had worked since 1933.
The building is still standing, complete with bilingual “Nintendo Playing Card Co.” signs, but has been inactive for some time. However, this will change when the old Nintendo headquarters reopen as a hotel, to be managed by Plan Do See, a Tokyo-based company specializing in the renovation of unused historic buildings and giving them a second life.
The plan is to preserve and renovate the existing building, adding new buildings to the structure. In addition to the rooms, the hotel will have a restaurant, bar, gym and spa. It is also in an excellent location, just two blocks from the picturesque Kamogawa River and within walking distance of Shichijo station, Shoseien garden and Higashi Honganji temple.
The hotel, for which an official name has not yet been announced, is scheduled to open in the summer of 2021.
Source: Plan Do See via Denfaminico Gamer via Hachima Kiko
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