Japanese Hotels, #7 of 7. A bit anonymous and western, but pleasant enough with it, and with the huge Canal City restaurant/shopping/cinema complex just next door.
Japanese Hotels, #5 of 7. Bloody huge, and the most westernised of all the hotels we visited. Biggest dilemma was ordering dinner at the 20th floor French restaurant. What language do you order in? French? Japanese? English?
Japanese Hotels, #4 of 7. Behind the quaint misspellings and cheerful amateur look of the English section of its website
, lies a ruthlessly efficient business hotel with fabulously helpful English-speaking staff.
Japanese Hotels, #3 of 7. It'd be lovely if it wasn't for the sixty or so steep stone steps you have to climb to get to it. Three cheers for the owner's son, who carried my heavy suitcase back down them on his head.
Japanese Hotels, #2 of 7. Recommended in all the guidebooks, and with good reason: Mr Nakazono is perfectly happy dealing with all the peculiarities of western tourists.
Japanese Hotels, #1 of 7. Comfortable, old-fashioned Japanese inn: nothing spectacular, but everything in just the right place.
Taken 19/11/2004 during Japan holiday. I couldn't get in close enough to take pictures of actual sumo action, so this was the next best thing.
Taken 18/11/2004 during Japan holiday