For $9,400 per night, travelers can live like a Japanese warlord in the country's first-ever castle hotel

  • Travelers can now rent out one of the few remaining castles from Japan's Edo period for a day and night.
  • Restored in 2004 and located on a hilltop in western Japan's Ehime prefecture, Ozu Castle looks much the same as it did 400 years ago when it was occupied by feudal lords.
  • The stay includes access to the entire castle after hours, as well as a 17th-century-themed welcome ceremony, breakfast in a historic tea house villa, and a moon-watching sake experience.
  • Rates start at 1 million yen, or $9,400 per day, for two guests with a maximum of six guests.
  • Take a look inside Ozu Castle town, which is part of a new decentralized boutique hotel concept called Nipponia.
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Wood-framed castles were once prevalent throughout Japan, but only a handful of original structures remain today.

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Now, for the first time ever, visitors can stay in one overnight.

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In July, the four-story Ozu Castle in western Japan's Ehime prefecture began offering "castle stays" starting at 1 million yen, or about $9,400 per night for two guests.

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Built in 1331, the castle was home to feudal lords for 250 years beginning in the 17th century. Fittingly, the castle stay starts with an Edo period welcome ceremony.

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During the ceremony, a reenactor playing a feudal lord from 1617 rides in on horseback …

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… and gunshots, flag waving, and conch-shell blowing follow. Guests will have the option to don warrior costumes themselves.

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Over the course of the day, guests can explore the surrounding town, which includes a temple, shrine, and historic samurai residences. They can also book one of two experiences: a theater performance or cormorant fishing demonstration.

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After public visiting hours, guests will have the castle completely to themselves. Restored in 2004, the structure looks much the same as it did centuries ago, with a few luxury upgrades like an attached bathing area.

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The castle can accommodate up to six people. For each guest upwards of two people, the experience costs an additional 100,000 yen, or about $942.

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Following a full-course dinner, guests can head to one of the castle's turrets to 'contemplate' the moon while sipping sake as warlords once did.

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The next morning, a transfer service will take them to Garyu Sanso, a historic villa with a teahouse overlooking the Hiji River, for breakfast.

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The Ozu Castle stay is just one part of the Nipponia Hotel, a new decentralized boutique hotel concept designed to revitalize the city of Ozu.

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Eleven other hotel rooms are scattered throughout the town and available for a lower cost than the castle stay, starting at 17,000 yen, or about $160 per night.

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While Nipponia's castle town hotels will be available year-round, the Ozu Castle is limiting its "castle stays" to just 30 groups for 30 nights in its first year.

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