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How a Kyoto Hotel Survived Japan’s Entry Ban: Winston Chu, Co-Founder of Wayfarer Hotels) | Japan Station 99

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On this episode of the Japan Station podcast, Winston Chu, CEO & co-founder of Wayfarer, talks about his interest in Japan and how

About Winston Chu

Winston Chu is the CEO & co-founder of Wayfarer. Wayfarer currently operates three hotels in Kyoto with plans to expand other cities, including Osaka and Tokyo.

Topics Discussed

  • How Winston got interested in Japan and anime
  • About watching anime and playing video games from Japan
  • About traveling to Japan
  • Why people become interested in Japan
  • About Wayfarer Hotels
  • About what distinguishes Wayfarer Hotels
  • The story behind Wayfarer Hotels
  • About Japanese hotels
  • About Japan’s archaic hotel infrastructure
  • About the high turnover rate in Japan’s hotel industry
  • The impace of COVID on the travel industry
  • About moving to Japan during the coronavirus pandemic
  • About starting a hotel in Japan as the COVID19 pandemic began
  • What it was like living and working in a hotel in Kyoto during the pandemic
  • Ways to make running a hotel more efficiently
  • Japan reopening its borders to foreing travelers
  • About the city of Kyoto
  • About learning Japanese
  • And much more!

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To learn more about Wayfarer or to book a room, visit Wayfarer’s website via the link below.

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Full Show Notes

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