Immerse Yourself in Japanese Culture
Shinjuku’s Keio Plaza Hotel welcomes guests from over 100 countries, offering authenthic Japanese cultural experiences right on the premises, including tea ceremony, kimono, flower arrangement, and “washoku” cuisine.
At the“Sho-fu-an” tea ceremony room, guests can partake in an authentic tea ceremony with full English guidance. For guests who find it difficult to sit on the floor in the Japanese manner, a “ryurei-style” option with table and chair is available. 20 sessions are offered each week daily, except Thursdays and Sundays.
Twice a month, guests can engage in ikebana workshops under a famed flower arrangement artist, whose large-scale seasonal creations adorn the grand lobby of the hotel.
Keio Plaza Hotel now offers a special “yukata“ plan where guests can wear the traditional cotton kimono of summer, have photos taken, and even walk the hotel grounds freely. ¥5,400 per person. All of the cutural experiences covered in this article are available to outside visitors to Keio Plaza Hotel, but guests of the hotel have the additional option of having their photos taken in a traditional “hanayome” bridal kimono.
At Keio Plaza Hotel, visitors can savor a wide range of Japanese food and beverages at seven different restaurants, including multi-course “kaiseki” cuisine at “Soujuan”, choice brands of saké from across Japan at bar “Amanogawa”, an array of local dishes at “Kagari”, and restaurants specializing in sushi, tempura and other popular fare. At the “Aurora” Sky Lounge” on the 45th floor, take in an incredible panoramic view of Tokyo while sipping cocktails mixed with nationally brewed alcohols.
Traiditional Events at the Hotel
During your stay at Keio Plaza Hotel, be sure not to miss some of the many cultural events that take place on the premises, such as an exhibitions featuring anitique Arita porcelain and UNESCO World Heritage Mt. Fuji.
“Hina-matsuri”, also known as Doll’s Day or Girls’ Day, is a wildly popular annual event to wish the healthy growth of girls. 2018’s Hina-matsuri takes place from February 1st to March 29th. Keio Plaza Hotel will be adorned throughout with over 6,800 silk dolls, with the main lobby display particularly impressive. Each doll signifies wishes for good fortune and visitors are free to take photos throughout the event.
In a special exhibition exclusive to Keio Plaza Hotel, items from the art of “Kodo” (Way of Fragrance, which dates back to the 6th century) will be on display. You can also see Wajima-nuri lacquerware incense burners, ceremony utensils, and fragrant wood. On February 15th 2018, visitors can create their own fragrant wood silk sachet (“nioibukuro”) for ¥1,000.
During Hina-matsuri, ten of the restaurants at Keio Plaza Hotel offer special menus to coincide with the tradition. Enjoy seasonal ingredients and unforgettable dishes at the hotel’s Japanese, western, and Chinese restaurants while you marvel at this colorful cultural event.
Keio Plaza Hotel – Tokyo ‘s Ultimate Accommodations
Keio Plaza Hotel’s Club Lounge is located on the 45th floor at an altitude of approximately 160m (525 ft), with exclusive access for Premiere Grand guests. With a theme of east-west fusion, the décor features large scale “washi” (Japanese paper) artwork. The Club Lounge is one of the largest exclusive hotel lounges of its type in Tokyo. From the time you’re greeted at the lounge reception desk, to the Ise cotton oshibori (moist hand towels), to the green tea service, you will feel immersed in Japan. During your stay at Keio Plaza Hotel, the Club Lounge can function as a private dining area, a spacious living room, or a study. Freely relax in the lounge from breakfast, through tea time, to evening bar time.
The Club Lounge’s dedicated concierge can assist guests in arranging hired drivers, bus tours, and making dining reservations. This extra level of service helps creates an optimum stay in Tokyo.
All Keio Plaza Hotel Premier Grand guest rooms offer the ultimate in amenities: Imabari-made towels, traditional Italian sheets by Antonietti, L’Occitaine bath products, state-of-the-art Bose bluetooth speakers, and other high quality amenities and features for sophisticated accommodations.
An Innovative Combination of Tradition and Modern Convenience in an International Hotel
Tokyo’s Shinjuku district is famous for its shopping, theaters and other cultural facilities, eateries, and as a convenient transportation hub to access the entire metropolis. Keio Plaza Hotel opened in Shinjuku in 1971, located in prime real estate just a mere five minutes from the station. Each year, this internationally recognized hotel welcomes guests from over 100 countries. Keio Plaza Hotel boasts 1,438 stylish and sophisticated guests rooms, each equipped with free Wi-fi and other modern conveniences.
Explore Keio Plaza Hotel’s luxurious interior and discover some of Tokyo’s very best restaurants, serving up delectable French & Italian, Chinese, Korean, and buffet cuisine. Make a reservation at Teppan-yaki restaurant Yamanami for a feast of high grade Kobe and Hida beef. These dining options are particularly popular with Keio Plaza’s overseas guests.
After your meal, appreciate some of the hotel’s more than 40 health and relaxation options, ranging from esthetic salons, reflexology, hair salons, in-room massages and more. Keio Plaza Hotel is also the country’s largest hub for tours to Mt. Fuji and Hakone, with over 50 tour company buses in operation.