Corpse hotels cater to Japan's waiting dead

A mere moment's stroll from the Yokohama bullet train station, nestled cosily among French bistros, coffee shops and the famous ramen noodle museum, the Lastel makes a perfect spot for a few nights in the city. The only catch is that to stay there, you have to be dead.

Living visitors to Lastel may, for obvious reasons, feel less enthusiastic about the place. But, as the large sign fluttering above the 24-hour reception desk recommends, Japan's highest-tech corpse hotel is all about "turning sorrow into smiles".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 08, 2018, with the headline 'Corpse hotels cater to Japan's waiting dead'. Print Edition | Subscribe