Japanese Hotels

I spent 2 weeks in Japan in March. I had a rail pass and travelled between Tokyo, Osaka, Hiroshima and Huis Ten Bosch (near Nagasaki).

It had been 3 years since I’d been to Japan – the longest I’d been away since I lived there. I visited friends along with trying out some new places that had opened recently.

In Tokyo I stayed for a night at a bookshop hotel where you could sleep on the bookshelves (a bit like staying at a capsule hotel).


I also spent a night at the Hotel Gracery in Shinjuku, which has a giant Godzilla head on the 8th floor. They also have a Godzilla room, which I booked a couple of months in advance.


The room even had a Godzilla button and when you pressed it, the bed began to shake and the Godzilla statue in the room started roaring.

I also stayed at the Henn-na Hotel, also known as the Robot Hotel. You have the option of being checked-in by Yumeko, the android or by a dinosaur.IMG_043026



The dinosaurs can get quite upset if you don’t have a reservation.


There is a little robot doll in the rooms that can understand basic commands in English or Japanese and can the lights on and off and give you weather forecasts.IMG_043023

There is also a robot cloakroom to store your luggage.IMG_043002

The robot hotel is next to Huis Ten Bosch, a Dutch-themed theme park.


Wandering past windmills in Japan while speaker blare out Hotel California and nearby there is a Venetian masquerade dance party going on in Amsterdam Square can cause a weird sense of dislocation.


The shops are filled with authentic Dutch products.


You need to watch out for prickles in the tip though.


At night the park is illuminated and dinosaurs and robot dragons go on the prowl.IMG_043080IMG_043096IMG_043135IMG_043098IMG_043129


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