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  • This is full access inside the original Nintendo headquarters hotel.

  • [Intro]

  • I'm in Kyoto, Japan and I've got a special one for you today.

  • I've got first access to Marufukuro. Nintendo's original headquarters, turned hotel.

  • Although opening April 1st of this year, it's not open right now so I'll have full access to show you everything inside.

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  • All right let me take you inside!

  • So you all probably already know that Nintendo is one of the largest video game companies in the world today.

  • But you may not know that it all started out as a company that made playing cards.

  • In 1889 here in Kagiyacho, Kyoto and was founded by Fusajiro Yamauchi.

  • And this very building was Nintendo's first ever office headquarters, which was in full operation until 1959 when Nintendo

  • finally outgrew the office and moved to a larger space.

  • Since then, it's sat in this location unoccupied, until now.

  • As it's been transformed into a hotel so that many can enjoy its cool history in person.

  • Named Marufukuro, after one of the company names Nintendo used in its past.

  • Situated by the famous Kamo river, it's located just four minutes from Nanojo

  • Station and a walking distance from Kyoto Station.

  • Okay so it looks like this hotel is still not completely finished. There's

  • probably a little bit more stuff to do before the hotel opens. But this is kind

  • of the whole point of doing a video like this, is to show you it all before it comes out.

  • But it is getting hot in here so let me just take my jacket off real quick.

  • Okay that feels a lot better.

  • I mean just looking at the entrance and just coming inside, I can already see all the

  • historic pieces that have been just left original but there's also some new pieces.

  • Let's look around just a little bit more and see if we can find some of the rooms

  • [Music]

  • [Music]

  • Okay, so this building is where

  • Nintendo's HQ office was originally.

  • [Door handle jiggling]

  • It looks like it's not open, let's go see

  • if we can find a different room!

  • [Music]

  • Walking around you'll quickly see that

  • the building itself has been preserved,

  • along with [its] interior and many of its

  • historic details. You kind of get a sense

  • that you're traveling in time! Just look

  • at this piece of art, which is a tile

  • design pulled from the residence

  • building's bathroom. The hotel consists

  • of four buildings, three original and one

  • new one. Nintendo's main office, a

  • warehouse, the actual President's house!

  • Yup, him and his family lived here. And

  • then a new building designed by Ando

  • Tadao (安藤 忠雄), who even designed a Malibu house

  • that Kanye West bought. TA-DAO how you

  • like me NOW? :D

  • And this is the lounge area. Unlike some

  • hotels, Marufukuro is all-inclusive so in

  • addition to breakfast and dinner being

  • part of the stay, it also offers drinks

  • and finger foods 24 hours a day here! Yep,

  • they've got them happy drinks all day

  • long!

  • Okay let's see what's down this hall.

  • This.. It's just concrete right here.

  • Oh! And just through here it seems like

  • the former office building is directly

  • connected to the new building!

  • [Music]

  • [Door opening]

  • [Music continues]

  • So this room is quite interesting

  • because it's a mix of the old building

  • and the new building. So this room here

  • that's all in green is a part of the

  • older building, and connected behind me

  • is the master bedroom and the new

  • building with its newer style. It's just

  • so crazy being in such a historic

  • building! Just to think that this was the

  • original starting point of many of my

  • childhood memories of playing Nintendo.

  • Ah, that's so crazy, it's just so crazy

  • being here! Just looking around, I believe

  • that this furniture is actually part of

  • the older building and it just has been

  • what do you call it? Refurbished (yeah!) or

  • Redid? Redone? It looks new but I think some

  • of this is probably from the original

  • wood. I think.

  • [Laughs] I don't know. Let's go around some more!

  • [Music]

  • Cool! The bathroom is all brand new along

  • with the toilet!

  • Oh, I guess there's still a little bit of

  • finishing work left in the sink area.

  • [Music]

  • So this is the bedroom area and I think

  • the thing that surprises me the most is

  • how big the beds are. You generally don't

  • see a bed this wide in Japan. Let me just

  • show you how wide it is.

  • This is me... Lens isn't picking up, let me

  • see if I can move this around!

  • I think that's a little bit better, maybe

  • if I sit all the way

  • to the end here..

  • You can see, I can't even reach halfway.

  • Let's see if we can see more of this

  • room!

  • [Music]

  • Okay! So this is the balcony area and for

  • this room it's pretty huge! When they

  • finish, there's gonna be some furniture

  • here, some tables and some chairs and

  • whatnot but man! Just look how spacious

  • it is. And the view out here ain't so bad

  • either!

  • [Music]

  • So this room looks like it's completely

  • in the new building and as you can see,

  • like just everything is obviously new. It

  • is pretty spacious, you can see that it's

  • not done completely, the TV is still on

  • the ground. But, the bed looks larger than

  • ever! I also like this light thing that

  • comes all the way from the corner, and

  • down here in the center.

  • [Music]

  • So there's even a little kitchen right

  • here! It has a stove, microwave,

  • refrigerator and just right here, there's

  • a washing machine! You really don't see

  • washing machines in hotels and very

  • often in the room itself!

  • [Music]

  • [Music]

  • Okay, so that's that room. Let's see if I

  • can find a room that has a little bit

  • more history. Before we continue on I

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  • [Music]

  • I think this is the way ~

  • Oh look, looks like they have some

  • 65-inch televisions coming in.

  • [Applause]

  • [Music]

  • So this building was actually the

  • Nintendo CEO's house back in the day, and

  • now where the Japanese style rooms are

  • located; right when you step inside

  • you're greeted overhead by a stained

  • glass piece, which was recreated based on

  • an old design from the main office. It

  • represents the local scenery and playing