Nintendo’s Former Headquarters Being Turned into a Hotel

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As Japan ramps up preparations for the 2020 Olympics and World Expo in 2025, Japan's hotel shortage crisis claims another victim: Nintendo's former headquarters. The internationally known gaming company's former office in Kyoto will be renovated and expanded to become a hotel.

Japan's former capital, Kyoto, is now facing its own set of problems when it comes to over-tourism and lack of hotels for visitors. In order to preserve the area's unique heritage and architecture, the city has turned to renovating older buildings to repurpose them for new uses. Nintendo's former headquarters, which is located near the Kamogawa River, was occupied by the company in 1933 when they first started doing business as a trading card company. After the company grew and moved out of the space, the building sat dormant for some time. A Tokyo-based real estate developer, 'Plan Do See', saw this as a prime opportunity.

'Plan Do See' will refurbish the existing structure and add new premises to expand its current footprint. The new decked-out hotel will have a restaurant, spa, gym and bar. The currently unnamed hotel will be within walking distance from Shichijo Station and Shoseien Garden. Construction is scheduled to be completed in 2021, followed by the grand opening.

Source: Sora News

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