- 14 Mar 2002
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Some tourist establishments are preparing for post-pandemic travellers - for those with deep pockets, that is. One turret of Hirado Castle in Nagasaki was converted into luxury accommodation, a shirohaku ('staying overnight at a castle') facility. One night at the castle will set you back a whopping 600,000 JPY.
The 600,000-yen nightly rate covers up to five people but does not include meals. For an extra fee, guests can order dinner and breakfast, made using speciality ingredients from Hirado's seas and mountains by a dedicated chef in a kitchen newly added to the building. Cultural options include dressing up in traditional Japanese clothes, a tea ceremony, a special performance of the "Hirado Kagura" dance -- a national intangible cultural property -- and getting the top floor of the castle keep all to themselves. A limousine taxi is also available to get between the castle and Nagasaki or Fukuoka airports. With all the optional extras, however, a one-night stay will set you back more than 1 million yen ($9,200).
HIRADO, Nagasaki -- Hirado Castle in this southwestern Japan city will debut as a hotel in April, letting guests feel like an Edo period (1603-1868) f