Low-cost accommodations look to attract overseas visitors to Japan
Guesthouses offering inexpensive stays have opened in Sendai in hope of attracting foreign visitors to the city.
The number of travelers from overseas to the city declined drastically after the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, but has started to increase steadily since last year, causing the need for new accommodation facilities in the city.
ORIT opened in July in Aoba Ward, a minute’s walk from the Sendai Asaichi market, which is known as the “kitchen” of Sendai locals.
The guesthouse was renovated from a four-story Japanese confectionery plant and includes six rooms to accommodate up to 40 people. The rate for a shared dormitory room starts from $29 per person per night. It also has a cafe and bar on the first floor, where people can dine even if they are not staying at the guesthouse.
Another guesthouse, Hostel Kiko, opened in June in Wakabayashi Ward, Sendai, accommodating up to 44 people in 13 rooms. It frequently holds events offering food from around the country, with the aim of having its visitors interact with each other.