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Japan theme park plans floating hotel with underwater views

TOKYO -- Huis Ten Bosch, a Dutch-themed amusement park in Nagasaki Prefecture, plans to create a floating hotel that can be towed around by a boat.

Each hotel guest room will be contained inside a sphere measuring 6.5 meters in diameter. The theme park operator plans to set up the hotel in Omura Bay and move it between the park and an uninhabited island in the bay.

The subsidiary of Japanese travel agency H.I.S. purchased the island last year and also has bought a boat. Hotel construction is to go into full swing in 2017. The park operator has already made a prototype sphere and successfully floated it in the sea.

The island is about 6km southwest of the theme park, or 15-20 minutes away by boat. The Japanese company soon will build a simple port on the roughly 40,000-sq.-meter island and set up power generating facilities. The specific amenities for the island are still being considered, but accommodations will not be built there.

Around 20 or so rooms will be floated on the theme park side of the bay. "We will move the rooms slowly to the island while guests are sleeping so they can have breakfast on the island," President Hideo Sawada said.

The hotel is modeled on floating cottages, with floor space of 35 sq. meters per unit. Rooms will offer undersea views.

Huis Ten Bosch, which opened the robot-staffed Henn-na Hotel last summer, hopes the floating hotel will be the company's second major unique project in the industry.

(Nikkei)

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