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Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010

Snack maker Lotte to open first Japan hotel


Staff writer

Snack maker Lotte Co. has announced it is opening a hotel in Tokyo's Sumida Ward on April 6, including rooms featuring its Koara no Maachi (Koala's March) cookie snack mascot.

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Snack shack: Lotte City Hotel Kinshicho in Tokyo's Sumida Ward is set to open in April. COURTESY OF LOTTE CO.

Lotte City Hotel Kinshicho will also house a chocolate cafe and a Korean restaurant owned by Bae Yong Joon, who rose to fame in Japan playing the lead in the popular drama "Winter Sonata."

The hotel, the first in Japan for the South Korean company, will have 213 rooms, ranging in price from ¥13,750 to ¥36,950.

Located in eastern Tokyo near the Ryogoku Kokugikan sumo arena, the hotel is also expected to draw tourists eager to take in Tokyo Sky Tree, which is slated to replace Tokyo Tower as a radio and TV transmission site in 2012.

In its press release, Lotte noted that some of the rooms have a view of the Sumida River Fireworks Festival.

Lotte also operates hotels in Seoul, other South Korean cities and Moscow, according to the firm's Web site.



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