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According to the company, the hut is ideal for singles and couples, though four people are said to fit inside comfortably, given the open-plan design and external patio extension.

The building is made from locally sourced wood, and while the inside remains unpainted, the outer walls are finished with a special Japanese exterior siding technique called yakisugi, which has been used since ancient times in the shipbuilding industry. This process involves charring, cooling and cleaning the wood, before finishing it with a natural oil, preserving the timber and making it fire resistant in an environmentally friendly manner.

Each Muji Hut is priced at ¥3,000,000 (US$27,228), which includes construction costs. The initial rollout at the Shirahama School House requires purchasers to pay a one-off fee of ¥500,000 to cover establishment costs and a monthly administration fee, which is commonplace in Japan, of ¥15,000 per month.

Those wanting to purchase the hut on its own will have to wait until this autumn when more huts will be made available. Unfortunately, however, there are no current plans to make these huts available to customers outside of Japan.

If you are in Japan and interested in finding out more about the project, the huts at the Shirahama School House will be available for inspection at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. every day from April 29 to May 7. Only 10 groups of four people will be able to view the huts during each time slot, with applications for the tours currently being accepted online.

Further details regarding sales for the first huts, which will be determined by lottery, will be made available during the tours. To find out more about the Muji Hut specifications, be sure to visit their official website for more details.

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