Former 1930s Nintendo headquarters in Kyoto reopens as luxury hotel

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The historic site of Nintendo’s former headquarters in Kyoto has been renovated into the Marufukuro Hotel and is available for reservations starting this Friday.

“The hotel’s three buildings combine their original personality with a breath of fresh air, with 18 expressive rooms, including seven suites,” reads the hotel’s official statement. to place. The site also showcases the “classic, refined charm of Nintendo’s headquarters building and Tadao Ando-designed annex, with its natural light pouring into the open spaces”.

The building originally housed the offices of the Marufuku Nintendo Card Co. founded by Fusajiro Yamauchi in 1889. Nintendo started as the “First Western Playing Card Manufacturing Company” in Japan. These playing cards, also known as hanafuda, are a deck of cards with floral designs representing the different seasons.

The aesthetic of the new hotel draws inspiration from some elements of hanafuda as well as the old headquarters, blending history with modern amenities. Among its three connected buildings is also the former Yamauchi Family House.

Another interesting piece to note is the “DNA” library, which includes Famicom and Hanafuda screens.

The hotel also offers options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with snacks available 24/7. The restaurant’s culinary director, Chef Ai Hosokawa, is known for combining Japanese and Italian flavors.

Rooms start at $822 a night for standard options and go up to $1,800, with seven suites available to choose from.

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