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Inside Japan’s corpse hotels: It’s where the dead rest in-transit

In Japan, corpse hotels act as transit homes for dead as the mounting piles of bodies wait for a spot in one of the nation's overworked crematoriums.

In Japan, a new business has emerged — that of so-called corpse hotels, camouflaged morgues used to store some of Japan's mounting pile of bodies waiting for a spot in one of the nation's overworked crematoriums. In this picture, customers Hirokazu Hosaka and his wife Minako Hosaka look at the coffin of his mother at the 'Corpse Hotel', Sousou, in Kawasaki, Japan. (Source: Reuters)

At a daily rate of 9,000 yen ($82), family members can keep their deceased relatives in one of Sousou's 10 rooms for up to four days until a crematorium can be found. Unlike other such morgues-in-disguise — which try to blend in by looking like hotels — Sousou doesn't refrigerate corpses, relying on air conditioned rooms instead. In this picture, staff members remove a coffin from a room of the 'Corpse Hotel' in Kawasaki. (Source: Reuters)

As Japan ages, its people are dying off at a faster pace. About 20,000 more people per year are expiring with the death rate expected to peak at about 1.7 million a year by around 2040, according government estimates. In this picture, a staff member removes a coffin from a room of the 'Corpse Hotel' in Kawasaki. (Source: Reuters)

Residents of Kawasaki are unhappy about living next to the building, with placards and flags dotting the neighborhood expressing outrage at the presence of the morgue. In this picture, a child cycles past the exterior of the corpse hotel. (Source: Reuters)

“Crematories need to be built, but there isn’t any space to do so and that is creating funeral refugees," said Hisao Takegishi, who opened the business in 2014. (Source: Reuters)

Takegishi — who used to help organize weddings — is looking to tap into a growing demand, with plans to bring corpse hotels to other cities. (Source: Reuters)

“I think it’s great that families and acquaintances can come and visit before she heads off to the crematorium,” said 69 year-old Hirokazu Hosaka, as his mother's body lay in a decorated coffin in Sousou. In this picture, Hirokazu Hosaka (R) prays to his mother as he stands at her coffin with his wife Minako Hosaka. (Source: Reuters)