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Japan's oldest prison to be reborn as luxury hotel

Hoshino Resorts to open renovated Nara property in 2021

The historic Nara Prison is designated as a key cultural property of Japan.

TOKYO -- Japan's oldest penitentiary will reopen as an upscale hotel run by Hoshino Resorts in 2021.

The historic Nara Prison will undergo a 15 billion yen ($136 million) renovation, including work to boost earthquake resistance. Most recently serving as a juvenile prison until closing in 2017, the site features Romanesque red-brick construction and archways.

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