The Old Nintendo Headquarters Hotel looks stunning from the inside

Pictured is the old Nintendo headquarters.

I’ve always loved the way this building looks.
image: 株式会社 Plan・Do・See マーケティング室

When it was announced that Nintendo’s former headquarters would be turned into a hotel, I imagined the worst-case scenario: a cheesy cash-in to make a quick few yen. That certainly doesn’t seem to be the end result. The hotel appears to be a stunning tribute to Nintendo’s heritage.

The building has long been a popular pilgrimage site, with Nintendo fans trekking to stand outside and take selfies. But as of this Friday, it will open as a Marufukuro – meaning you can sleep and eat here now.

The entrance area is shown.

I don’t think the flooring has been changed.
image: 株式会社 Plan・Do・See マーケティング室

Previously we saw pictures of the headquarters before renovation. Now, a day before guests arrive, let’s take a look at what the reimagined digs look like – and I have to say, they seem spectacular.

A room is shown.

This is a very elegant but comfortable looking hotel.
image: 株式会社 Plan・Do・See マーケティング室

The renovation seems to have been done with love and respect – like a restoration that has overnight accommodations.

The hotel is full of antiques.

Shown are Hanafuda sets.

Hanafuda cards manufactured by Nintendo.
screenshot: Paolo from Tokyo/YouTube/Kotaku

There are Hanafuda Cards on the wall and other nods to Nintendo’s playing card family tree.

The library is pictured.

Here is the library. I really like it.
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There’s also a library called “DNA” that pays tribute to Nintendo’s history, complete with a Famicom and digital displays showing Hanafuda cards.

A collection point is shown.

More class.
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The hotel consists of three interconnected buildings and has 18 rooms including seven suites. One of the buildings is the former home of the Yamauchi family.

Pictured is an old elevator.

This is actually a former warehouse that has been converted into part of the hotel. Notice how they kept the original elevator.
screenshot: Paolo from Tokyo/YouTube/Kotaku

World-renowned architect Tadao Ando designed a new extension for the hotel.

Rooms start at 100,000 yen ($822) per night. The hotel is all-inclusive, so guests get breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Apparently they have 24 hour snacks too.

Breakfast is pictured.

The food looks good.
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This isn’t Nintendo’s first headquarters. ​​In 1889, Fusajiro Yamauchi founded the Marufuku Nintendo Card Co., which manufactured traditional Japanese playing cards called Hanafuda and eventually Western playing cards. This building was demolished in 2004 and is now apparently a parking lot.

A different meal is shown.

OK, now I’m hungry.
image: 株式会社 Plan・Do・See マーケティング室

In recent years other landmarks have been converted into hotels with mixed and sometimes not so good end results. However, this hotel looks very, very nice.

Pictured is an interior in the hotel.

I can imagine it will be difficult to get a reservation here.
image: 株式会社 Plan・Do・See マーケティング室

Watch an insider tour by Paolo from Tokyo in the clip below: The Old Nintendo Headquarters Hotel looks stunning from the inside

Curtis Crabtree

Curtis Crabtree is a 24ssports U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Curtis Crabtree joined 24ssports in 2021 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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