I notice they rent out rooms by the hour This tends to be a warning flag for me, but maybe this is quite normal in Japan (ie, 'Love Hotels'). Did you ever feel the hotel was getting seedy?
No, we didn't witness any hanky-panky going on in the hotel. If u didnt tell me this, i wouldnt know at all. In fact, we thought they had a 'No Locals' policy since we were the only "yellow skin" guests there during our stay. But i can understand your concern, Pete. From the facade, you really wonder where their priorities lie! even if their website is targeted at foreign backpackers.
I believe those love hotels only started mushrooming all over Tokyo in recent years(my last visit was 5yrs ago) and for a small hotel like Sakura, they probably wouldn't want to lose out on this particular market. You can read this report to find out the reason behind the sudden proliferation of love hotels.
Other than hard hats!, download this survival manual in pdf. For those on narrowband, i'll list down afew not so obvious instructions from the manual.
While at home
- Open the front door to secure an exit before it becomes bent or jammed.
- If you are on the 2nd floor, do not attempt to go downstairs. The 2nd floor is actually safer.
If you are underground
- Shelter near a wall or large pillar and await instructions.
Near the sea or cliffs
- Evacuate immediately to a safe place apart from a mountainside and a slope to avoid landslides.
- When u leave the car,be sure to close the windows, leave the key attached and doors unlocked and do not use the car to evacuate.( reason being that rescue work wont be hindered by traffic jams)
Hope that helps.
Btw, i got a tourist guide i took from Narita Airport. It has a list of places of interest in and around Narita. So anyone who wants the list let me know i'll try to get the time to list them down.