Destination Japan

Go glamping with Hello Kitty in Japan

Lilit Marcus, CNNPublished 19th November 2018
(CNN) — Hello Kitty is one of Japan's most popular -- and definitely most adorable -- exports.
Now, fans of the character can take their appreciation one step further by staying at a Hello Kitty-themed cottage at a glamping resort in Japan.
The Grand Chariot Hokutoshichisei, an upscale resort with 23 individual cabins, called "cocoons," has converted one of the cabins into an homage to the pink-bowed character, complete with wall art, bedspreads, a mirror and even bath salts bearing Hello Kitty's likeness.
An interior shot of the new Hello Kitty cabin.
An interior shot of the new Hello Kitty cabin.
Kota Kawasaki/The Yomiuri Shimbun via AP Images
The property is on Japan's Awaji Island in Hyogo Prefecture. The island, which is about 70 km (43 miles) from Kobe, is particularly renowned for its wonderful stargazing -- fitting, then, that the cabin has been dubbed "Hello Kitty Star's Cocoon."
It has two beds and can hold from two to four people.
The hotel falls along the 135th longitude line, which many believe has healing and restorative properties. To fit with that, the Grand Chariot has cedar soaking bathtubs known as hinoki in each cabin, as well as skylights for optimal stargazing without going outside.
People who love cute characters and travel won't hurt for other Hello Kitty options when they're planning a vacation.
Japan is also home to a Hello Kitty Shinkansen bullet train, complete with pictures of the character on seat covers, and Taiwan-based EVA Air has several Hello Kitty-branded planes in its fleet.
The company behind Hello Kitty is Sanrio, which has offices in Tokyo and Los Angeles.
Originally a company that made small home and kitchen goods in the 1960s, it became more successful when its founder, Shintaro Tsuji, came up with the idea of putting cute characters on products like rice bowls and chopsticks to make them stand out.
Hello Kitty -- who, despite the name, is not actually a cat -- made her first appearance on a small plastic coin purse and quickly became a phenomenon, with her likeness on everything from hair dryers to wine.
Coming next -- a Hello Kitty constellation you can see from through the skylight of your glamping cocoon? Never say never.