A decentralized hotel battling depopulation

While depopulation is a problem in many countries the issue in Japan is more imminent due to the large population (around 30%) of people above the age of 60.

Kosuge village in Yamanashi prefecture

“NIPPONIA Kominato Genroku Village” is one of the projects trying to battle this problem by creating a “decentralized hotel” which is set to open on August 17, 2019. The project wants to contribute to the regional revitalization by creating a unique hotel experience where the rooms are dispersed in the area and the guests become part of the 700 people village. All employees of the hotel are also locals.

Birds-view of the Hosokawa Mansion

The first of the lodgings, the Hosokawa Mansion, is a 150 year old house high ceilings and exposed wood beams looking out into a beautiful garden. On the same property you will also find a restaurant “Oya” where you can enjoy ingredients grown by local farmers.

The mansion has a total of 4 rooms that have a capacity for 10 people. The price starts at JPY 25000 per person including breakfast.

The plan is to expand the hotel by remodeling the over 70 empty houses and hopefully employ more of the locals and in order to revitalize the area.

NIPPONIA Kominato Genroku Village
3155-1 Kobuchi Village, Kitazuru-gun, Yamanashi Prefecture
TEL: 042-887-9210
Opening date: August 17, 2019 (Sat)

Access:

  • 2 hours by car from central Tokyo
  • 1h by bus from Otsuki Station of the JR Chuo Line and then 70 minutes by car from Ome IC
  • 1h by bus from Okutama Station of the JR Ome Line and then 20 minutes by car from lake Okutama
  • Shuttle from Otsuki Station to the hotel prepared by Nipponia

Photos are courtesy of Fashion Press