Tokyo developer opens hotel in 1930s Otaru building

Japan: Tokyo-based developer Global Agents is opening a boutique hotel in a historic 1930s building in Otaru, Hokkaido.

The Unwind Hotel & Bar Otaru will have hotel rooms ranging from 15  to 40 square metres, along with a banquet / dining hall. This is the company's second UNWIND-branded hotel, with the first located nearby in Sapporo.

The building was constructed in 1931 to cater to foreign travellers, making it the first hotel in Hokkaido specifically designed for overseas visitors. It was only in operation for 10 years before being confiscated by the army in WWII and used as a military club. In 1945 it was confiscated by the US forces, who returned it to its owners in 1950.

The four-storey reinforced concrete building has a brick tile facade, bay windows, stained glass windows and art deco details.

Otaru is a port city located 34 minutes by train from Sapporo and 75 minutes by train from New Chitose Airport. The Hokkaido Railway Company is planning to construct the Shin-Otaru Railway Station along the Hokkaido Shinkansen high-speed rail line by 2031. The station will be a mid-way point between Sapporo and Kutchan (near Niseko).

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