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Okinawa luxury hotel to be modeled on ancient fortress

Hoshino Resorts taps Japanese tradition to stand out from rivals

The reconstructed Shuri Castle in Okinawa's capital of Naha bears the hallmarks of the walled gusuku fortresses. (Photo by Kiyoshi Karasawa)

TOKYO -- Japan's Hoshino Resorts will open a luxury hotel in Okinawa next year based on the ancient fortresses that dotted the subtropical islands.

The Hoshinoya-branded resort hotel will be built in Yomitan, a village on Okinawa's main island. It will be modeled on the Okinawan gusuku castles, which began to be built around the 12th century. A wall replicating the stone barricade of the fortresses will encircle the resort. Each of the 100 rooms will have an ocean view, with a 200-sq.-meter suite featuring its own private pool.

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