Earlier this year, right after my Eat Japan trip finished, I headed off to Hachijo island (far off the coast of Tokyo) for some solo adventure time.
The original intent was to do some hiking, taste some local treats, and maybe get in a bit of scuba diving (much too cold for the last one). However, I was sidetracked on day two after I discovered the existence of The Royal Hotel while searching for interesting things to see and do on the island.
The Royal Hotel (later known as the Pricia Resort Hachijo, then as the Hachijo Oriental Resort) was once the largest hotel in all of Japan. Built in 1963, it was the gem of the island known as the “Hawaii of Japan”. It remained as a functioning hotel until 2006, when it was suddenly closed down without any formal explanation.