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Muji Hotels to Open First in China, Then Japan

With three new hotels in the making, Japan's minimalist homeware brand Muji appears to be branching out to the hospitality business.

Construction recently began on a Muji Hotel in Ginza, Tokyo's ritzy shopping district, according to an announcement made on the homepage of Mitsui Fudosan.

The project consists of a ten-story shopping complex, of which the basement and first five floors will be home to the world's largest Muji store. Muji Hotel will occupy the remaining space, except for some sections on the sixth and seventh floors.

Speaking at a press event Satoru Matsuzaki, president of Ryohin Keikaku, Muji's parent company, expressed hope that Muji Hotel will turn into "a place where customers can thoroughly experience Muji product lineups," reports the Japan Times.

The hotel is expected to be completed in 2019. While the only available image at the moment is a rendering of the exterior, given Japan's notoriously cramped hotel rooms, one can speculate that Muji will outfit the rooms with its most space-saving and aesthetically-pleasing solutions.

Alternatively, take a look at the interior models of another Muji Hotel currently being built in China, the brand's most lucrative international market. In fact, Muji is building two hotels in Beijing and Shenzhen, both of which are scheduled to open later this year, according to Nikkei.

[Photos via Spoon & Tamago]

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