A hotel for the dead may sound like something straight out of a horror movie, but the Lastel Hotel is not nearly as sinister as it sounds. The Lastel Hotel only accommodates dead guests, but these "guests" are people who have passed away and are awaiting their turn in the crematorium.
Death rates are incredibly high in Japan as the country's older generation begins to die off. This has lead to an overcrowding of the country's crematoriums, with an average wait time of four days for a body waiting to be cremated. That is a long time to have a dead body sitting around your home.
Yokohama businessman Hisayoshi Teramura realized this and opened the Lastel Hotel. The hotel allows loved ones to store their dead and visit them anytime they like. The hotel charges $156 a day and business is apparently booming, as Teramura plans to open up a second Lastel Hotel soon.
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The Lastel Hotel is Only Designed for Dead Guests
- By: Michael HinesSep 17, 2011