Newspaper article The Daily Yomiuri (Toyko, Japan)

Old Houses-Turned-Inns Vitalize Local Communities around Shizuoka Port

Newspaper article The Daily Yomiuri (Toyko, Japan)

Old Houses-Turned-Inns Vitalize Local Communities around Shizuoka Port

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SHIZUOKA -- When you walk for about five minutes from the Mochimune fishing port in Suruga Ward, Shizuoka, you can find eye-catching buildings with modern-looking facades. Built around 100 years ago, they used to be empty houses but are now used as inns.

The buildings, part of the Nihon Iro accommodation facility, are among examples of increasingly popular services in Shizuoka Prefecture that have taken advantage of old houses.

At Nihon Iro, some inns have irori fireplaces, which guests are welcome to use when cooking ingredients they bring in on their own. The facility's breakfasts are also popular, as they feature shirasu whitebait fish landed at the port and locally produced dried fish.

The old houses have been renovated by CSA Real Estate Corp. in Shizuoka. The company plans to open six villas by December, with up to 31 guests being able to stay overnight.

"I thought that converting empty old houses into inns would attract visitors," said President Takahito Kojima.

Access to the Mochimune district is easy, being just two stops away from JR Shizuoka Station. In addition to the port, a swimming beach is also within walking distance from Nohon Iro. The accommodation facility welcomes tourists from Japan and abroad, and it is also popular as a venue for college reunion gatherings.

The accommodation facility is helping vitalize the Mochimune district.

In May, a commercial complex named Mochimune Minato Yokocho was completed, which houses restaurants and a bar. …

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