Experience traditional culture in the unique events held inside the hotel
Keio Plaza Hotel located in Shinjuku, a convenient place for visiting every area of Tokyo, is a popular hotel in which more than 70% of its guests are from overseas. The hotel’s facilities, comfort and functionality are satisfying enough to welcome guests from over 100 countries in the world and it also attracts many people with its unique events held inside the hotel where guests can experience Japanese culture as well as the “Hello Kitty Room”.
In July 2015 the annual event to introduce Arita ware and Imari ware, a Japanese traditional craft which has about 400 years of history is going to be held in the hotel. The event welcomes its 35th anniversary. The theme of this year is a collection of works that were introduced in international expositions in European countries mainly in the latter half of the 19th century and were highly praised for their magnificent style. This marks the beginning for the Japanese brand’s spread into the world. Masterpieces are displayed everywhere in the hotel and there is an exhibition resembling the expos overseas in the lobby. Precious ancient ceramics and a large work over 2m tall owned by art museums are also displayed for everyone to freely enjoy. You can also have a variety of experiences that are difficult to get at art museums such as a display and sale where you can buy artworks of several famous potters from Saga Prefecture, the production area of Arita ware and Imari ware, and fairs at 11 restaurants in the hotel where you can enjoy a special menu served on genuine Arita ware plates.
Besides Arita ware, events to introduce Japanese traditional crafts such as chopsticks and other Japanese traditional events are held occasionally as well as events where guests can experience flower arrangement, tea ceremony and origami.
Enjoy Japanese food and art to the fullest inside the hotel
Other than events, there are plenty of opportunities to experience Japanese culture inside the hotel. At seven Japanese restaurants in the hotel, a variety of Japanese food is provided including Kobe beef, tempura, sukiyaki, sushi, ramen, sake and green tea. You can enjoy your fill of the Japanese food which is registered as a World Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Kaiseki “Soujuan” is a restaurant where you can enjoy tea-ceremony dishes, which condenses the essence of Japanese food, with your sense of sight and taste. At Japanese Cuisine “Kagari”, you can taste a wide variety of Japanese food including sashimi with fresh seafood delivered directly from a fishing port, sukiyaki and sushi and a Sake bar “Amanogawa” which serves strictly selected sake from sake brewers across Japan. The hotel also has a variety of restaurants specialized in Japanese cuisine including a specialty restaurant of Teppan-yaki that brings out the best flavor of Kobe beef as well as ones that serve sushi, tempura and soba.
A free exhibition of calligraphy, painting, traditional crafts and contemporary art is held occasionally in the lobby gallery. You can also find art everywhere in the hotel including “Tou no niwa”, designed by a leading potter Yusuke Aida and can be viewed from inside of the “Cocktail & Tea Lounge”, a garden and grove of mixed trees, designed by landscape artist Koki Fukaya which spreads out outside of “Jurin” on the second floor, and “Polestar”, the bar on the 45th floor produced by a worldwide interior designer Isamu Kenmochi.
Hello Kitty Room
Enjoy the “summer” of Japan to the full extent with a swimming pool and a beer hall
Another appeal of Keio Plaza Hotel is that you can fully experience the four seasons of Japan inside the hotel. This includes this summer as well.
In summer, “Sky Pool”, an outdoor swimming pool surrounded by green which is unique in the hotels in Tokyo, opens. It is open from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm, available for visitors as well, and there is also a rental service of bathing suit which allows you to have a quick swim. There is also a reasonable set plan that combines lodging, dining at a restaurant and access to the swimming pool. The 7th floor, where the pool is located, is also equipped with a fitness gym, free throughout the year for all the guests to use.
“Beer Hall”, a necessity for summer in Japan, is also available for you to fully enjoy in the hotel. “Little Bear” on the 45th floor opens “Sky Beer Hall” only during summer, where you can enjoy a wide selection of drinks including beer, cocktails and soft drinks and a variety of refreshment at a reasonable price. You can enjoy Japanese refreshment such as “yakitori” and “takoyaki” and their original highball that uses Japanese whiskey, and a magnificent night view commanding a view of both Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Skytree at the same time is also a must-see. Korean Dining “Gokoku-Tei” also opens a Korean Beer Hall in summer serving Korean refreshment.
They also provide food that uses seasonal ingredients essential to enjoy the best of each season. The hotel has one of the best collection of restaurants of any hotels in Tokyo including Japanese cuisine, French & Italian, Chinese, Korean and buffet and each restaurant has their own fair to provide meals with seasonal ingredients. The menu of “Sweets Buffet” of “Jurin” that uses seasonal fruits is also one that cannot be missed.
There are also a lot of opportunities for you to feel four seasons with a beautiful decoration inside the hotel related to Japanese seasonal traditional events such as the New Year and Hina-matsuri.
Welcomes guests from all over the world with its advanced accessibility and functionality
Standing in the best location only about a 5-minute walk from Shinjuku Station that boasts easy access to all areas in Tokyo, Keio Plaza Hotel has welcomed more than 14 million guests from over 100 countries since its opening in 1971 as the first high rise hotel in Japan.
Shinjuku where the hotel is located is a convenient place for shopping and leisure activities where many famous department stores, electronic retail stores, cultural facilities such as theaters, shopping districts and large parks gather next to each other. It is also easy to access Mt. Takao, a three-star tourist spot on Michelin Guide, plenty of rich nature and Japanese culture, and Nishi-Tokyo area that has Sanrio Puroland where you can meet Hello Kitty. A shuttle service is also available from the hotel to Tokyo Disney Resort and airports.
A variety of guest rooms all have a sophisticated interior design and free Wi-Fi service. The restaurants, which are the best collection of top restaurants among all the hotels in Tokyo, provide meals from 5:00 am to midnight and the bars and lounges in the hotel have about 20 staff members including the finalist of an international cocktail competition.
They have also introduced a variety of equipment and services as a forerunner in the industry to provide a comfortable environment for the guests from overseas with a variety of needs such as promoting a barrier-free environment, actively introducing non-alcoholic drinks and responding to guests who cannot eat particular foods, including vegetarians. The automatic foreign exchange machine installed in the lobby can exchange 12 different currencies including US dollar, Euro, yuan, Hong Kong dollar, Taiwan dollar, won and baht. Their means of communication with overseas guests has also improved, after remodeling their website in different languages and starting English and Thai facebook. They strive to support guests from all over the world with the most advanced equipment, services and constant hospitality.