Tokyo manga apartments may soon be an option for tourists

Manga lovers planning a trip to Tokyo may soon be able to stay at lodgings designed specifically for them.

According to Nikkei, the Tokyo company Slow Curve plans to buy leases for condominiums and apartments in the city's Akihabara, Ikebukuro and Nakano neighborhoods, and stock them with as many as 2,000 manga.

The idea is to have about 10 of these "manga pads" within three years; they'd go for about $45 per person per night, with guests receiving discounts at nearby shops. Slow Curve will even gear the style of the manga in each room to its location, with the Akihabara digs boasting cutting-edge books, Ikebukuro carrying titles for women, and Nakano boasting classic manga.

There is, however, a catch that will likely displease Japanese visitors: The lodgings will only be available to foreign visitors, a stipulation that should help the company to receive an exemption from the inns and hotel act, which prohibits apartments and condos from being used commercially.

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