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Win a Free Night at a Dormy Inn Hotel
Notice (8/31/2010): Please note that, as of noon on August 31, 2010 (JST), the entry period for this giveaway is now over. Stay tuned for our next giveaway by following us on Twitter (@jtbjapanican)!

About the Giveaway
Dormy Inn, a national chain of hotels here in Japan, is teaming up with JAPANiCAN.com to give something back to our customers, and that something is a free night at one of ten different Dormy Inns in various areas of Japan!
About Dormy Inn
Dormy Inn is a national chain of what is referred to in Japan as "business hotels". The Japanese definition of a "business hotel" can vary from that of other countries, so to put it plainly, Japanese business hotels are budget lodgings designed with traveling business people in mind. Dormy Inn, however, takes the business hotel to a new level, offering top-notch rooms, good food, relaxing baths, and a range of other high-quality facilities and services, all at a more-than-reasonable business hotel rate. Some Dormy Inns are even equipped with kitchenettes and washing machines for those on longer trips. On top of that, there are Dormy Inns in just about every corner of Japan, so there's sure to be one conveniently located for your travels.
How to Enter & the Selection Process
So at this point you'd probably like me to cut to the chase and tell you how to throw your name in the hat to get a free night at a Dormy Inn. Well, lucky for you, entering to win this giveaway is easy! As easy as writing and submitting a message in 140 characters or less. That's right, to enter, all you have to do is log on to Twitter, follow us (@jtbjapanican), retweet this message, and then reply to us with your top three choices from the list of hotels below. That's it! The entry period will be from now until Tuesday, August 31 at noon (Japan Standard Time).

Example Tweet:
Since tweets have to be 140 characters or less, feel free to shorten the names of your choices. Also, don't forget to start your message with "@jtbjapanican" so that we get your entry! Here's an example:

     @jtbjapanican I wanna stay at Dormy Inn... 1) Akihabara 2) Takamatsu 3) Nagasaki d=(^o^)=b

Selection of Winners:
We'll randomly select the winners from our followers who tweeted their preferences and contact those winners through Twitter, so cross your fingers and keep your eye on your direct messages inbox!

Please note that even if you are selected as a winner, you may not get your first, second, or even third choice. Five (5) winners will be chosen and offered a choice among the remaining available Dormy Inns in the order that they were selected (i.e., after the first winner chooses, the second winner will be contacted, so on and so forth). The prize is a one night stay, and it can be used by up to two (2) people staying in the same room (room type will be at the discretion of the Dormy Inn at which you stay). The free stay must be used between September 1, 2010 and November 30, 2010. If you are selected as a winner, you will be asked to choose a Dormy Inn from those remaining available within 48 hours of being initially notified. After selecting a Dormy Inn from the list provided, you will be asked to designate the night between September 1 and November 30, 2010 that you wish to stay/. Again, you must respond within 48 hours of us confirming your hotel selection. If you do not reply within the time alotted (at either stage) or will not be able to stay during the aforementioned period, we regret that you will have to forfeit your prize. Sorry, but there are no replacement prizes available in the case that you are unable to stay during the aforementioned period. Please understand that special requests of any kind (e.g., room types) cannot be accepted.
Dormy Inn Hotels Participating in the Giveaway
Without further ado, here are the Dormy Inn hotels offering up rooms for this giveaway!

Weekly Dormy Inn Meguro Aobadai

Location: Near Nakameguro Station, Tokyo

How would you like to feel what it is like to live in Tokyo? A stay in Weekly Dormy Inn Meguro gives you that opportunity: Just a four-minute train ride to Shibuya, a 15-minute train ride to Shinjuku and an 18-minute train ride to Tokyo, it is the ideal location for business and sightseeing. Yet, even though it offers convenient access to all of these locations, the hotel itself is situated in a quiet residential area, offering respite from the hustle and bustle of the city. And with convenience stores and even a Starbucks within walking distance, guests can experience all facets of Tokyo life - and enjoy them at their own pace.

Dormy Inn Akihabara

Location: Near Akihabara Station, Tokyo

Painstakingly prepared traditional Japanese cuisine. A luxurious open-air hot spring. You expect to slide open your rice paper door and step into an Edo-era crowd of kimono-clad geiko and katana-wielding samurai. But at Dormy Inn Akihabara, you will find the world's electronics mecca waiting just outside your door. This unique location allows guests to relax amidst time-honored Japanese hospitality and moments later revel in the flashing lights, manic music and frenetic excitement of Electric Town. Old and new: Dormy Inn Akihabara offers the best of both worlds.

Day & Stay Hotel Dormy Inn Yatsuka

Location: Near Yatsuka Station, Saitama

This hotel is everywhere you want to be. Downtown Tokyo? Under thirty minutes on a direct train. Ueno? Akihabara? Under thirty minutes. Tokyo Disneyland? About forty-five minutes by train, only thirty minutes by car. Guests are advised however to remember that they do have to walk to the nearest station first. How far is that? Approximately two-minutes away. Yes, Day & Stay Dormy Inn Yatsuka has spacious, comfortable rooms. Yes, it has a bountiful breakfast buffet catered to satisfy all manner of tastes. It boasts all of these fantastic qualities and more. However, some guests may be so busy seeing all of the sights the area has to offer that they never even notice.

Please note that this Dormy Inn does not have a hot spring or public bath.

Dormy Inn Niigata

Location: Near Niigata Station, Niigata

Hot springs and rice. It does not get any more Japanese than that. Even in a country of hot springs, few places do it better than Niigata. So what better way to while away the hours than lounging in Dormy Inn Niigata's beautiful open-air bath? Located on the 10th floor of the hotel, guests can soak in the warm waters while surveying the beauty of the Sea of Japan. The hotel also offers baths and saunas for both men and women. And even in a country of rice, few places do it better than Niigata. Renowned through out the nation for its gem-like radiance and peerless flavor, koshihikari is a unique type of rice harvested in the Uonuma area of Niigata. At this hotel, guests can feast to their hearts' content on this treasure and other delicacies at Dormy Inn Niigata's breakfast buffet. With all of this, combined with the comfortable rooms, guests are reminded not to forget they are still staying a brief eight-minute walk from JR Niigata Station, making this hotel an ideal starting place for any Niigata adventure.

Dormy Inn Express Mikawa Anjo

Location: Near Mikawa Anjo Station, Aichi

Guests will find several interesting reasons to stay in at this Dormy Inn: For starters, it is the only hotel in the area to boast men's and women's hot springs and saunas, making it ideal for couples on romantic getaways. And speaking of love, it is also offers rooms for guests traveling with that special... pet. Yes, certain rooms are set aside so that you can stay with your trusty dog or beloved cat. And one more thing guests have fallen in love with is kishimen. This flat type of udon is a regional delicacy and guests can enjoy it right in the hotel. All of this and Dormy Inn Express is also just a one-minute walk to JR Mikawa Anjo Station, so it offers convenient access to area sites; it's only about a thirty-minute train ride right to Nagoya Station.

Dormy Inn Hiroshima

Location: Near the Peace Park, Hiroshima

Hiroshima. Inextricably linked to August 6, 1945, travelers looking to pay their respects and learn about the history of the city will find the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a 10-minute walk from the hotel. That said, Hiroshima has moved forward from that day 65 years ago. What travelers will find now is a thriving metropolis, full of post-modern buildings and local flair. Guests staying at Dormy Inn Hiroshima can be a part of that, as well. Regional delicacy takomeshi, an octopus and rice dish, can be enjoyed at breakfast, and the hotel offers massage chairs and other facilities to ensure guests have the most relaxing stay possible. To that end, a trip to one of the hotel's several saunas or hot springs will also do wonders to put your mind and body at ease; the men's bath overlooks Peace Boulevard, where everyday hundreds of people come for relaxation and recreation in the city that has been born anew.

Dormy Inn Kurashiki

Location: Near Kurashiki Station, Okayama

Yes, Tokyo is stunning. Osaka is exciting. Yet recently, many of our customers are looking to take a step off the beaten path, perhaps even to feel as though they have taken a step back in time. Dormy Inn Kurashiki gives guests just that opportunity by putting them within walking distance of Bikan historical quarter. This area's serene surroundings and wooden warehouses (some dating back to the 17th century) have earned it recognition as one of the rare Groups of Traditional Buildings by the Agency of Cultural Affairs. Because Dormy Inn Kurashiki is only a six-minute stroll from JR Kurashiki Station's south exit, guests can easily visit this national treasure or set off for any of the other interesting sites, like the Ohara Museum of Art. And after a long day of exploration, guests can return to Dormy Inn Kurashiki and enjoy a relaxing soak in the gorgeous natural hot spring located on the hotel's top floor.

Dormy Inn Premium Shimonoseki

Location: Near Shimonoseki Station, Yamaguchi

What better way to start the day than staring down Death? The adorable puffer fish decoration hanging above one of this hotel's many gorgeous top-floor hot springs is not just random flourish; the region is famous for fugu! Dormy Inn Premium Shimonoseki offers the notorious delicacy as part of its breakfast menu. Of course, it is not mandatory that you give the tasty treat a try, and there are plenty of other regional specialties for guests to choose from. Located just six-minutes from JR Shimonoseki, this hotel is also in a great location to take in both the historic (Ganryujima) and modern (Kaikyo Yume Tower) marvels located around the southwestern tip of Japan's Honshu Island.

Dormy Inn Takamatsu

Location: Near Kawaramachi Station in Takamatsu, Kagawa

Experience a part of Japan that most tourists never see: Shikoku, the smallest and least populated of Japan's four main islands. Located in Takamatsu, the northernmost part of the island, this Dormy Inn is the perfect place to set up base in Shikoku. Only about 45 minutes from Takamatsu Airport and less than a five-minute walk from Kawaramachi Station, you can easily strike out into the exciting downtown Takamatsu area or stroll among the serene gardens of the famous Ritsurin Park, which dates back to the Edo period. Upon returning to Dormy Inn Takamatsu, you can view the city skyline at night from one the hotel's manmade radium baths, purported soothe a myriad of maladies. And a good night sleep is all but guaranteed with top-quality Simmons mattresses in every room. Not only does this hotel pamper your body, it also pampers the environment, thanks to Dormy Inn's environmentally friendly "WeCo" campaign. Takamatsu is working hard to endear itself to customers—and Mother Earth.

Dormy Inn Nagasaki

Location: Near Tsukimachi tram stop, Nagasaki

Nagasaki has an abundance of history, from the tragic to the triumphal. Dormy Inn Nagasaki's convenient location grants guests access to everything this magnificent city has to offer, such as Nagasaki Peace Park, Glover Garden, Mt. Inasa, and various spots related to the wildly popular samurai, Ryoma Sakamoto. With so many places to visit, guests need to start the day right. At Dormy Inn, you can enjoy a breakfast buffet that even offers regional, seasonal dishes, giving you a chance to enjoy a flavorful feast that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. And when returning to the hotel after a long day of sightseeing, you can savor a unique bathing experience. The hotel's soft water bath is filled with micro-bubbles whose effervescence creates purifying minus ions, resulting in a relaxing and refreshing experience. From start to finish, Dormy Inn Nagasaki is the perfect hotel for visitors to Nagasaki.

All images used in this article are examples only. Actual rooms provided as prizes for this giveaway may vary and are at the complete discretion of the hotels.
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