Japanese architect Yasube Horibe designed a floating boat hotel that sits in the Seto Inland Sea in Japan. He nicknamed him Guntû. This nineteen-room boutique hotel welcomes tourists of all nationalities to this part of the world which is a major tourist area in Japan..
Boat and hotel in a tourist site in Japan
The floating boat hotel has a large roof terrace with outdoor lounges, a bar and plenty of space to take in the water views.
There is also an indoor living room with a wooden ceiling and a huge bar..
Boat and hotel: design made entirely of wood
Wood was used throughout the hotel, as in the large suite below. Each hotel room has wood paneling as well as wooden floors, while most of the furniture is also made from wood.
Boat hotel and suites furnished both inside and outside
In the suite with the same name as the hotel boat, a partial wood wall was used to create a headboard for the bed. On the side there is a small bar area, while outside on the balcony a private deep bath is installed.
In another suite, a dividing wall is installed between the bed and a corner with a desk. This suite also has an integrated semi-outdoor living room and a bathroom with gray walls and windows letting in natural light..
The whole hotel boat is furnished in the Japanese style, in a natural and very light style. Everything is done to make the tourist feel pleasant, enjoying the boat ride without feeling on a Cruise.
Hotel boat floating in the Seto Inland Sea in Japan
The Seto Inland Sea or simply the Inland Sea is the sea separating the three of Japan’s four main islands. This sea is geographically epicontinental. Its average depth is 38 meters. The deepest place is 105 meters.
Almost three thousand small islands are found in this sea where the climate is rather mild. There is little rainfall and low temperature variations, which makes the area, which is also a national park, a favorite region for tourists. We call it the land of good weather! The sea is known for its occasional red tides which are an interesting natural phenomenon but cause the death of many fish.
Historically, the Seto Inland Sea has served as the main transportation line between the coastal areas of Japan for two purposes. First, local transport between coastal areas and islands has always been served. Second, it is also a main international freight transport line between the country and other countries, such as China or Korea. The Seto Inland Sea remains a major transportation route although real routes have since emerged, namely clean wide roads linking the country’s islands..
Tourism in Japan
In recent years, Japan has been attracting more and more tourists. The number of travelers arriving in Japan is starting to reach record numbers. The economic situation and the weak yen in Japan attract foreigners. The stabilization of relations between Japan and China has doubled Chinese visits to this country. The total spending during the stay of Chinese and other visitors exceeds amounts never recorded so far.
According to the Japan Tourism Agency, since 2015, which was the third year in a row that the percentage of foreign tourists has increased dramatically, the number of visitors has steadily increased. This is the first time since 1970 and the Osaka World’s Fair that the number of inbound visitors has exceeded the number of outgoing Japanese.
Origin of Chinese tourists at the top of the list
China leads the way in terms of the origin of tourists. The stabilization of relations between the two countries caused the Chinese to come in droves. Overall, Asia alone accounts for 83% of visitors. Americans are in fifth place in terms of visitors. The French only come in thirteenth place.
To facilitate the stay of foreign tourists, the procedures for obtaining short-stay visas have been streamlined. Economic growth and the low price of the yen, as mentioned, are other beneficial causes for the increase in foreign visitors to Japan. The consumption tax has now been exempted and this has reinforced the effect of the weaker yen. Now, she is not paid for when buying clothes, food, drinks or electronics. The tourists are driven to buy in this way and they profit from it. The consumer frenzy even created a new word in the Japanese language: bakugai, which means an explosion in shopping..
Japan is in the twenty-second position of the most visited countries in the world, still very, very far behind France, Spain, China, United Kingdom, United States, Thailand, Greece , etc. The goal of the Japanese government is to make the country an attractive place for tourists. Government wants Japan to move up from twenty-second to fifteenth place in 2020 ahead of Tokyo Olympics.
Another great goal of the whole country is quality tourism. This also applies to hospitality as it does to requirements in tourism itself. We want to offer exemplary tourism to attract tourists contributing to the country’s economic growth. In principle, it is tourists who drive tourism to improve. The demand generated brings understanding to the supply. Sometimes supply creates demand in tourism. So the efforts in the sphere of tourism, at all levels, should never be neglected. !
Here is what some players in the tourism industry think: “We must strengthen the attractiveness of Japanese culture in order to attract the wealthy upper classes whose economic impact is the most important”.
There is another goal to be pursued when a country wants to be a safe and established tourist destination. The aim is to attract the same tourists. Those who don’t come just once! This is a sign that the country is a real tourist destination !
What are the other sights in Japan ?
Many destinations can be of interest to tourists to Japan. Some are listed in the world heritage, others are less original and more symbolize a global world where modernity is gaining ground.
The north of the country
We will start with the north of the country. The Shiretoko Peninsula is a World Heritage Site. This peninsula is located in the extreme northern part of the country. The country is volcanic and the coastline is formed by steep cliffs. Winter is harsh here, but the beauty that presents itself is unmatched. Sapporo is the largest city there, where the snow festival is celebrated every year in February. Millions of tourists come to admire the giant sculptures made from the snow.
In the northeast of the country is Hiraizumi, the land of Buddhist thought of the Pure Land. A magnificent temple with its garden is located there. They are also part of the world heritage of humanity.
The Shirakami Mountains are a mountainous area spanning 300 square kilometers in the north of the country. Japanese beech trees form a wild forest, the largest in all of East Asia. It is also part of the world heritage of humanity. You need a permit to enter it.
Tokyo and its surroundings
Nikko is one of the most visited places in Japan. It is a city with a concentration of tourist monuments, all classified as World Heritage Sites. The Toshogu or Futarasan shrine are among the most popular monuments. Kegon Waterfall and the nearby lake are other places to visit.
Tokyo is a city admired by many tourists. Its Asakusa district is one of the busiest places in the capital. Sensoji Temple is one of the city’s oldest monuments.
Akihabara is another area of Tokyo worth visiting. This name means the electric city because it is the sanctuary of computers and other electronic products. Recently, the area has become the birthplace of pop culture in Japan..
Tsukiji fish market
This market is a big attraction in Tokyo where at dawn they sell seafood and especially tuna at auction..
The amusement park was inaugurated in 1983 in the town of Urayasu. This is the first Disneyland built outside the United States but it is not directly administered by the Disney company but is a franchise.
It is the highest peak in Japan with an altitude of 3,776 meters. Recently it has been part of the Unesco world heritage. The mount is a volcano and the site is part of Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park.
The houses of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama
These houses capped with thatched roofs are an attraction in Japan because according to the Japanese, the two slopes of the roofs look like hands that are joined for prayer. The entire village is listed as a historical monument and part of the Unesco World Heritage..
Kanazawa and Kenrokuen Garden
This tourist spot is one of the most beautiful gardens in Japan. The Kanazawa district is also known for geishas and samurai. Another popular tourist spot is Myoryuji Ninja Temple.
Kyoto and Nara
These are two cities that have been the capital of Japan at different times. Much of the national treasure and cultural heritage can be found in Kyoto. Nara is known for its large bronze statue of Buddha.
This city has always been a major economic center of the country. Osaka is a culinary center too. A large number of restaurants can be found there and the specialties are endless.
The best-preserved castle in Japan is this one. Himeji is the castle of the white heron. The construction dates from the 17th century and the site is one of the first to be inscribed on the Unesco World Heritage List.
The Kii Mountains
This site including the pilgrimage routes is part of the world heritage of humanity with its 1200 year old forests.
The city of Hiroshima is the first city to be targeted for nuclear bombing in the world. The structure spared from a construction near the epicenter of the nuclear bomb is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is the symbol of the city.
Beppu and Yufuin
Steam baths, thermal waters, these are the two sites that attract nearly 8 million visitors each year for the volcanic nature of its waters.
It is an island in the south of the country, wooded with ancient cedars. A fifth of the forest is a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of the diversity of the flora.
It is another island known for its sandy beaches and for the possibility of diving.