Densha otaku are people in Japan who are fascinated with trains. To appeal to their tastes, the Washington Hotel in Akihabara has built an elaborate model train set in a hotel room:
Of course the guest can play with model trains along the thirty-meter track (there are apparently two authentic controllers, so friends can drive the trains together) and even the real thing — the Shinkansen line and Akiba station — is visible from the room’s window.
Though it is possible to rent from the hotel, the Nikkei Marketing Journal reports that many guests bring their own trains to use on the four-line track. The first to stay over was a 23 year-old company employee, followed by a man in his eighties. But there have also been mothers with their kids, so it’s not just strange guys with train obsessions!
The train room opened in June and costs from 23,000 JPY ($265) per night. If you want to make a reservation you will have to wait up to a month!
Video at the link.
http://www.japantrends.com/train-room-in-akiba-hotel-for-railway-fans/ via OhGizmo! | Photo: Japan Trends