Japanese Castle Hotel

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Abandoned Kansai

Japan and Germany are both famous for their castles – the ones in Japan are either tourist attractions or (in very rare cases) abandoned. In Germany there is a third kind, the ones that were turned into accommodations. Youth hostels, hotels or private homes; usually located in a very beautiful landscape on top of a mountain. To the best of my knowledge all “castle hotels” in Japan are hotels NEAR famous castles, not former castles themselves. Until a few years ago there was one sort-of exception, a huge hotel that kind of looked like a pre-modern fortress, but was a post-war concrete construction – similar to the tourist trap called Osaka Castle… 😉
Then the Great Tohoku Earthquake a.k.a. 3/11 hit the northern half of Japan in 2011, and while the hotel was spared the flood, it suffered some damages from the earthquake and its aftershocks. Even worse: tourists avoided…

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  1. Thanks Patty I will.

    I don’t know if you saw on our face book page that one of our investigations has been selected to appear on Destination America’s “A Haunting”. Donna and I are meeting with the producers this weekend to have or interview parts shot for the show. Don’t know the exact date the air will show, but we are excited.

    Thanks for the link.


    Sent from my iPad


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