Japan is full of amazing and unique experiences, from the Gassho houses of Gifu Prefecture to the yatai of Fukuoka City (featured in Ian Livingston’s recent piece on Fukuoka Prefecture). And at one Tokyo airport hotel, you can now stay in a hotel room equipped with a flight simulator.
Since July, writes Lonely Planet, Haneda Excel Hotel Tokyu (an aviation-themed hotel beside Tokyo Haneda International Airport) has offered the “Superior Cockpit room, double-occupancy accommodations that come complete with twin beds and, the pièce de résistance, a Boeing 737-800 flight simulator.” A night in the room starts at ¥25,300, or roughly $234, while use of the simulator is a separate cost.
“The guided, 90-minute experience covers take off from Tokyo’s Haneda Airport and landing at Osaka International,” says LP, “and it’s bookable on its own for ¥30,000 (US$277), or in conjunction with an overnight stay for ¥25,300 (US$234) per night. Banish thoughts of marathon, all-night flying sessions, though. You won’t be able to sit in the cockpit or operate the controls without supervision – namely instructors, including a former captain, with working knowledge of the equipment.”
While all-night flying sessions are off the table, the simulator room has nonetheless been extremely popular. Aviation enthusiasts, especially, are booking it up. “The hotel reports that the response has been overwhelmingly enthusiastic, with domestic and international bookings and inquiries rolling in—and since the room can only be reserved on specific days, it’s filling up quickly.” If you need a Tokyo airport (near Haneda, not Narita), you could much worse than the Haneda Excel Hotel Tokyu.
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