Morning art yoga to start at Hotel Gajoen Tokyo

02.September.2018 | SPOT

Hotel Gajoen Tokyo is a Japanese-style museum-hotel which marked its 90th anniversary this year after renewing its in April of 2017. They have announced that they are going to start a yoga session called “Morning Art Yoga” where the lodgers and the visitors of the hotel can participate.

“Morning Art Yoga” (a one hour session) will be held every Wednesday and Saturday from the 1stof September. It will be a session which includes a yoga experience held in a Japanese-style tatami room (4F) surrounded by gorgeous art works and breakfast served in “Ouka” located on the top floor of the hotel (8F).

The breakfast offers special ingredients such as colorful vegetables and “Jujakuran” (special eggs) produced in Isehara, Kanagawa Prefecture. This will surely refresh your body and mind!
The lodgers of the hotel do not have to pay for the plan and visitors can participate in the plan by paying 3,800 yen. You can participate empty-handed since all the necessary things like yoga mat and water are prepared by the hotel!
Gajoen also offers other types of experience-based activities too.

“Matcha Otemae Experience” (a tea-making experience) will be held in the executive lounge“Ouka.” The tea will be offered by a professional tea maker.

“Gajoen Art Tour” is a one and a half hour long tour where the guide will show you the hotel’s special room, Japanese-style party room, “Shunyuki’s” special room and the 100 step staircase which are all designated as important cultural heritages of Tokyo.

 “Meguro Bukkaku Walking Tour” is a tour where a staff-person will lead the tour. You can observe the historical temple in Meguro which is known as one of the temples that enshrines the god of Yamate Shichifukujin since the Edo Period. You can also visit Syurinzan, Daien Temple, Tenonzan Gohyaku Rakan Temple, Taieisan Gokokuin and Ryusen Temple (Meguro Fudoson) that are located near the hotel.
Why not refresh your body and mind by participating in this artistic yoga session?

 

■Information

“Morning Art Yoga” start date: 2018, September 1st, Saturday

Schedule: Every Wednesday, Saturday 7:30〜8:30
15 participants (per session)
※Reservations must be made before 17:00. Reservations on a first-come-first-served basis
Lodgers must make reservations at the front desk – free
Visitors: 3,800 yen (tax and service fee are included)
Yoga experience and breakfast at executive lounge are included.
TEL:050-3188-7570 (reservation)
 “Matcha Otemae Experience” (lodgers only)
Venue: executive lounge “Ouka”
Schedule: Every Wednesday 〜Sunday 15:00 〜 17:00
※Reservation is not required, free
 “Gajoen Art Tour” (lodgers only)
Schedule: Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday 9:00〜10:30
※Reservations must be made before 17:00. Reservations on a first-come-first-served basis
 “Meguro Bukkaku Walking Tour”
Schedule: Every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, 9:00 ~ 10:30
※Reservations must be made before 17:00. Reservations on a first-come-first-served basis
Hotel Gajoen Tokyo
Address: 1-8-1, Shimomeguro, Meguroku, Tokyo
TEL:03-3491-4111(Ou)

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    ■Information

    Wa no Akari x Hyakudan Kaidan 2018

    Location: Hotel Gajoen Tokyo

    Running: July 7, 2018 – September 2, 2018 (*No Holidays)

    Time: [Monday-Thursday] 10am-5pm (Last Entries 4:30pm) / [Friday, Weekends, Holidays & August 13-17] 10am-8pm (Last Entries 7:30pm)

    *Photography allowed. However, tripods and flash photography are prohibited.

    Entry Price: Same Day – ¥1,500 / Advance – ¥1,200 (¥1,000 until July 6 at entrance) / Students – ¥800 (ID Required) / Children – Free

    TEL: 03-5434-3140 (10am-6pm)

    Official Page: http://www.hotelgajoen-tokyo.com/event/wanoakari2018

     

  • Tasty & Beautiful Gift Snacks Arrive at Hotel Gajoen Tokyo

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    Hotel Gajoen Tokyo is a gorgeous comprehensive hotel and museum which rebranded itself in April 2017 and is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year.

    The establishment has prepared a special selection of two delicious gifts which are sold at the hotel’s patisserie Lien 1928 and have been officially recognised by Secretary of Dining which is managed by Gurunavi.

    雅叙園 天井画ショコラ「竹林」

    The first treat is the Chikurin (‘bamboo thicket’) chocolates made to look like decorative ceiling paintings. These are popular chocolates made by pastry chef Takeya Shono which are served at the hotel’s patisserie Lien 1928 on the first floor where they sell sweets and other foods.

    Ever since it was established in 1928, it has recreated decorative ceiling art found at Japanese museums and also in hotels, as well as intricate designs and patterns seen in Japanese paintings.

    雅叙園 焼き菓子ギフト「彩iro-dori」

    The second gift snack is baked and is called Iro-Dori. It includes three popular powdered cakes which have been made with hard-to-get premium matcha from Ome in Tokyo. It also includes a variety of baked biscuits and other sweets.

     

    This selection of snacks is a showcase by Secretary of Dining, one of Japan’s biggest secretary service support sites managed by Gurunavi. Their products have received much praise especially amongst secretaries as their gift snacks cater towards the business scene.

     

    Lien 1928 offers unique sweets inspired by the beauty of Japan. Why not pick some up yourself?

     

    ■Information

    Hotel Gajoen Tokyo

    Address: 1-8-1 Shimomeguro, Meguro, Tokyo

    TEL: 03-3491-4111

     

    “Secretary of Dining” Officially Recognised 2018 Gift Snack Collection

    https://c-corporate.gnst.jp/release/2018/pdf/20180425.pdf?sc_lid=corp_news_20180426-018518.html&201804271338

     

    Chikurin Decorative Ceiling Chocolates

    Quantity: 5

    Price: ¥2,376 (Tax-Included)

    Iro-Dori Baked Snacks

    Price: ¥3,240 (Tax-Included)

     

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    Due to the altitude differences at Hakone, you can enjoy the beautiful hydrangeas for an even longer time than other areas of Japan. There is a Hydrangea train (Ajisai Densha) that runs up the mountains providing passengers with the beautiful view of blooming flowers, creating the perfect summer memories. Observing the large groups of flowers in full bloom fills you with such a refreshing feeling. Their beautiful colours are expressed in the colour of this hydrangea shaved ice.  

    Strawberry Shaved Ice: Hoshino Resorts KAI Nikko (Chuzenji Onsen, Tochigi)

    Tochigi prefecture has been Japan’s no.1 producer of strawberries for 50 years straight. This shaved ice is served in a strawberry-shaped bowl and is served with sweet yet slightly sour strawberry syrup and a topping of bittersweet matcha sauce. Here, you can enjoy a cool evening up 1,300 metres high overlooking beautiful scenery from inside the establishment whose spectacular interior that boasts Tochigi’s traditional art of Kanuma Kanoko craft. 

    Tomato Flavoured Shaved Ice: Hoshino Resorts KAI Aso (Sonomoto, Oita)

    As tomatoes thrive during the summer, this tomato shaved ice is the perfect way to cool down. This shaved ice is sweet and slightly sour and the vibrant red colour is enough to refresh you. Tomatoes are low in calories and contain an abundant range of healthy nutrients. They are also high in vitamin C which is good for your skin and is known for helping prevent illness. Tomatoes are also a good supply of vitamin E, which is good at slowing the effects of aging. Take a seat on the terrace and enjoy your shaved ice as a refreshing breeze rolls by. This is the perfect way to enjoy a cool summer with a healthy and delicious dessert. 

    Neputa Shaved Ice: Hoshino Resorts KAI Tsugaru (Owani Onsen, Aomori)

    The Neputa Shaved Ice represents the Hirosaki Neputa Festival that takes place in the summer at the old castle town of Hirosaki. To represent Tsugaru Vidro coloured glass, which is an important part of Tsugaru culture, red, blue and green coloured jelly pieces decorate the top of the shaved ice. These colours also represent the vibrant colours of Neputa festival. This Instagram-worthy dessert shows off the best of the fresh colours of Tsugaru. 

  • Hello Kitty Hotel Room at Keio Plaza Hotel Tama Made Even More Kawaii

    29.June.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

    Two new guest rooms opened at Keio Plaza Hotel Tama on June 15 themed on the Sanrio characters My Melody and the Little Twin Stars (Kiki & Lala). Alongside these new rooms, the hotel’s Hello Kitty Room, which was introduced in 2014, underwent renovations and reopened on the same day.

    Keio Plaza Hotel is about a 30-minute train ride from Shinjuku and a 3-minute walk from Keio-Tama-Center Station. It’s also close to the city of Chofu where the Rugby World Cup will be held this fall as well as located in West Tokyo, an area enjoyed by foreign tourists.

     

    There are two of each rooms available and they will be permanent rooms at the hotel. The hotel already has four Hello Kitty Rooms which were introduced in November 2014 and renovated with the opening of the new My Melody and Little Twin Stars Rooms, making for a total of eight Sanrio character rooms at the hotel. Today, we’ll be taking a look at the newly revamped Hello Kitty Room.

     

    My Melody Room: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/225795

    Little Twin Stars Room: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/226958

     

    Hello Kitty Room

     

    © 1976, 2019 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. G601079

    © 1976, 2019 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. G601079

    The Hello Kitty Room has been made even more kawaii than before.

    © 1976, 2019 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. G601079

    © 1976, 2019 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. G601079

    Several plans have also been added to the room including a breakfast plan as well as a dessert plan from which guests can choose from a Hello Kitty cake or dessert plate. Additionally, not only can guests take home the amenities, but free hotel exclusive Hello Kitty plush toys will be given to each guest for every night they stay there.

    © 1976, 2019 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. G601079 

    Photographer: Kayo Sekiguchi

    The above-pictured new Hello Kitty princess-themed photo spot has also been introduced to the room. This too is a hotel exclusive featuring an original design. Take your seat on the high heel throne and snap a picture together with the princess herself.

     

    We have finally seen inside all of the new rooms at Keio Plaza Hotel Tama now: the My Melody Room, Little Twin Stars Room and Hello Kitty Room. Each room is littered with references and motifs centred around each of the Sanrio characters. Sanrio fans and overseas tourists alike won’t be able to get enough of the hospitable hotel service and ultra-kawaii spaces. If ever you’re staying in Tokyo, be sure to book a night in.

     

    Writer: Ellie MMN編集部)

    Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

  • Hotel Ryumeikan Tokyo: A Michelin-Recognised Modern Ryokan in Front of Tokyo Station

    28.June.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

    The area surrounding Tokyo Station is home to many different types of hotels. One standout location is Hotel Ryumeikan Tokyo. This hotel, which featured in Michelin Guide Tokyo 2017, renovated 30% of its guest rooms as part of its 10th anniversary. Its concept is a modern-style ryokan (a traditional Japanese in) and it stands just so as the closest to Tokyo Station. Today, we will take a look at the hotel’s design rooms.

    Of its 38 rooms, 33 of them take on a ryokan style design. The rooms are fitted with small tatami flooring spaces where guests must take their shoes off on which sits a small chabudai, a short-legged table, on a raised floor. These elements have a nostalgic quality to them with Japanese guests and an inherently Japanese feel to them for foreign guests.

    The carpet is decorated with a chrysanthemum design in a traditional Japanese dusky purple colour.

    There are also kendama toys, books on Japanese confections and more to elevate that feeling of Japanese culture. There is plenty of space for tired bodies to relax after a long day trip.

    The other 5 rooms are “Office Rooms” made with business workers in mind. They come with a big sofa and whiteboards to create a lounge-type space.

     

    All of the bed mattresses are the highest quality models provided by long-standing bed makers Nishikawa. They aren’t excessively soft which I really liked and ensure a long, deep and natural sleep.

     

    Rooms come with three types of original tea blended by the staff so you can pick whichever caters to your mood that day.

    The feature you must absolutely try however is the hotel’s breakfast. It’s served in a buffet style so there is plenty to choose from with everything from Japanese-style food to Western-style. The buffet is packed with vegetables too so you can get your daily intake nice and early.

     

    All of the new rooms are double rooms and are priced from ¥27,000 per night. The price changes depending on the season to be sure to check the official website for more details.

     

    If you’re looking for a taste of Japan with that ryokan feel then be sure to check out Hotel Ryumeikan Tokyo.

  • Enjoy The Beautiful View of Tokyo’s Nighttime Sky And Sea With The Tokyo Twilight Pool Plan

    28.June.2019 | SPOT

    Spending a cool night overlooking the beautiful calm water at Odaiba and relaxing in the gorgeous pool sounds like an excellent way to spend summer nights in Tokyo. Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba is launching their summer-limited plan called Tokyo Twilight Pool Plan 2019 to allow you to do just that. 

    The Tokyo Twilight Pool Plan 2019 comes with a delicious food menu that serves a variety of luxurious, mouthwatering dishes that look just as luxurious as they taste. Some examples include; mini hotdogs with chicken and vegetable sauce aurore, barbeque sauce spare ribs, and much more. They even serve all-you-can-drink top quality Jacquart champagne, which is a global top class wine chosen by many airlines and hotels. 

     

    This hotel offers a unique view of the night sky and night waters of Tokyo from an open terrace. Guests can gaze at the relaxing view whilst enjoying delicious food and luxurious champagne. The Tokyo Twilight Pool Plan offers the perfect getaway for friends and couples. 

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