Without even touching the love hotels (and the many themed rooms there), Japan certainly offers a lot of accommodation experiences with very specific themes. Manga art hotels, ninja hotel rooms supervised by the Ninja Council of Japan, and even Pokemon Hotel Rooms with Giant Snorlax Plush Toys are just a few of the themed hospitality basics that you can have when traveling around the country.
Noodle lovers, and especially ramen lovers, can thank a Branch of the Tokyu hotel in Sapporo for the perfect place to stay: a ramen-themed room where guests feel like they’re staying in a real ramen shop – also stocked with free ramen treats.
The new room plan is a collaboration between the hotel and the famous tonkotsu ramen chain Yamaokaya, which is famous for a particularly rich pork broth.
The layout of the room is particularly clever, as the window curtains are hung under an entrance panel of the “shop”, recreating the curtains that one passes through to enter a Yamaokaya. Behind the beds is a red counter, as well as a full restaurant menu. The mirror mirrors the wallpaper and the table at the ramen shop where, of course, you can eat ramen.
It’s not just about decor, however. The room comes with a packet of Yamaokaya shoyu (soy sauce) ramen and miso special ramen, a bottle of ramune soda sold at the restaurant, and even a Yamaokaya sports towel decorated with ramen bowls. You also get a voucher for a free bowl of ramen redeemable at Yamaokaya, Gokuniboshihonpo, Where Gokumisohonpo.
The collaboration was born as a way to help promote Sapporo’s Susukino district (where the hotel and nearby ramen are located). Yamaokaya’s head office is also located in Sapporo.
A single room costs 7,300 yen per person, while a twin room costs 5,700 yen per person.
Sapporo Tokyu REI Hotel
Address: 064-8509 5-1 Minami 4jo Nishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo City
Reservations by phone only (011-530-3422)
Availability period: Until September 30
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