Splendid events let you encounter different facets of traditional Japanese culture
The time-honored events of a country strongly reflect its culture. The Japanese spring festival known as Hinamatsuri (Girl’s Doll Festival) is characterized by strikingly colorful decorations, and most notably delicate ornamental dolls. From February 1 to March 27, visitors to Shinjuku can take in the charm of this ever-popular annual historical event which celebrates the healthy growth of female children through vivid displays and food.
Visitors to the lobby can marvel at a stunning display of hanging ornaments – 6,500 handmade dolls fashioned from valuable antique silk. The central Hinamatsuri dolls are exquisite examples of traditional craftsmanship. Modeled on a medieval court, they sit dressed in kimono, accompanied by a set of meticulously designed items. Visitors may freely take pictures of this magnificent exhibition all day without charge.
Guests can make their Hinmatsuri experience even more unforgettable through food. A special meal designed in celebration of Hinamatsuri features seasonal ingredients created by chefs from 10 different restaurants throughout the hotel, drawing on Japanese, Western, and Chinese cuisine, as well as beverages from the Sky Lounge.
During the same period, the hotel stages a free exhibition of the internationally popular art of Bonsai. Bonsai masterpieces as well as 19th century ukiyoe woodblock prints depicting bonsai culture will be on display. Visitors can also view objects of art on loan from the Omiya Bonsai Art Museum.
The Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo is known for holding various events promoting Japanese culture, such as a comprehensive exhibition of the traditional craft of Arita porcelain, and a special exposition to convey the everlasting appeal of UNESCO World Heritage site Fujisan (Mt. Fuji). Keio Plaza consistently receives high ratings for its convenient location – a 5-minute walk from Tokyo’s major transporation hub of Shinjuku station – extensive facilities, and unmatched comfort as a globally renowned hotel which welcomes guests from more than 100 countries.
Experience a variety of Japanese culture such as tea ceremony, kimono, Japanese cuisine and Hello Kitty
Aside from these events, there are numerous other opportunities to experience Japanese culture at Keio Plaza Hotel. In the main lobby, a musical recital of the traditional instrument of the koto (Japanese harp) is held twice a week, with eight performances in total. In the “Sho-fu-an” tea ceremony room, guests can enjoy a tea ceremony experience in a tranquil setting, with English instruction given by a tea master. Held five times a week, with 20 sessions in total. Other striking works of art include the “Tou no niwa”, or Ceramic Garden, by potter Yusuke Aida and a grove of diverse tree species designed by landscape artist Koki Fukaya.
Keio Plaza Hotel features seven restaurants serving Japanese cuisine. At “Soujuan” you can enjoy “kaiseki”, which is a course meal featuring a variety of tasteful Japanese dishes, “Kagari”, offers a broad range of Japanese fare, while sake bar “Amanogawa”, boasts a range of sake specially selected from breweries across Japan. Various kinds of Japanese food such as Kobe beef, tempura, sukiyaki, sushi, and ramen can be enjoyed.
In addition to the likes of free ikebana lessons held from time to time for guests staying at Keio Plaza, the hotel offers a paid service providng guests the chance to wear traditional Japanese wedding kimono. Guests can take pictures in these beautifully embroidered garments made from dyed Japanese silks. The “Hello Kitty Room” is a special guest room with an original decor, amenities, and breakfast immersing you in Hello Kitty’s world. This unique experience is available only at Keio Plaza Hotel in Shinjuku and Tama.
Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo offers a wide range of tours to guests. December 2016 marked the launch of an original tour designed by the hotel which brings guests to the lush greens of Nishi-Tokyo to enjoy nature and sake in private surroundings. In addition, there are approximately 50 bus tours to Mt. Fuji or Hakone which depart from and arrive directly to the hotel. Guests can apply at the Guest Relations Desk at the lobby.
Services and tools to get the most out of Tokyo’s charms
It is one of the special features of Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo that you can enjoy the charm of Tokyo in the luxurious atmosphere. At Sky Lounge “Aurora” on the 45th floor, which reopened in December, 2016 after renovation, you can feel as though you were walking on the sky by taking in dynamic view of Tokyo from large picture windows. At night, you can taste and compare 3 brands of Japanese sake with different flavor such as dry or sweet with Japanese snacks in hand while enjoying spectacular night view in front of you.
Launched in December 2016, Keio Plaza Hotel’s “Premier Grand” floors offer the ultimate in luxury guest rooms, located from the 37th to 41st floors. The exclusive “Club Lounge” is one of the largest among hotels in Tokyo. Guests can relax freely all day while enjoying marvelous views from 160m (about 525 ft) above the ground. Even checking in and out can be done while comfortably seated. Another special amenity are the dedicated concierges who will organize your ideal stay in Tokyo. They can arrange a tea ceremony, kimono-wearing experience, and more than 40 relaxation options at the hotel. Reservations can be taken for one of the Keio Plaza’s 22 different restaurants, or at one outside of the hotel. Concierges are happy to provide advice on sightseeing tours to ensure enjoy the perfect stay in Japan.
In each guest room of “Premier Grand”, which has sophisticated interior and specially selected amenities, and the guests can read 5,000 different newspapers and magazines from about 100 countries, and also can find information of the area around the hotel and sightseeing information on a tablet in 5 different languages, that are English, simplified Chinese, traditional Chinese, Korean, and Japanese.
An internationally recognized hotel, offering convenience and functionality, welcomes guests from diverse countries
Shinjuku encompases sightseeing, shopping, art appreciation and good food, and serves as a hub of transporation to wider Tokyo. Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo is a mere five-minute walk to the center of the district and Shinjuku Station. The hotel also offers limousine bus service to Tokyo Disney Resort and the major airports. It is the perfect base for enjoying all Tokyo has to offer.
Since its opening as the world’s tallest skyscraper hotel in 1971, Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo has aimed to serve as a public “plaza”, where people from different backgrounds can gather and enjoy culture. The hotel has remained ahead of the hospitality industry with initiatives such as the barrier-free design and a non-alcoholic beverage menu, ensuring guests’ enjoyment of Japanese culture is as comfortable as possible. The hotel offers an extensive array of services for international guests, which account for 75 percent of all reservations. This includes the installation of a money exchange machine that accepts 14 currencies, and a multilingual website.
Free Wi-Fi is available across the entire range of 1,437 guest rooms. There are a multitude of shops amidst the luxurious hotel interior. Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo also offers one of the greatest varieties of restaurants in Tokyo, encompassing Japanese, French, Italian, Chinese, and Korean cuisine and buffets. Many of the restaurants have special campaigns based on seasonal ingredients. Guests can also enjoy cocktails mixed by skilled bartenders who have received prizes inside and outside of Japan. Everyone who stays at the hotel is sure to have an unforgettable dining experience.