YUEN BETTEI DAITA: Tokyo’s New Onsen Ryokan Opening in Shimokitazawa

26.September.2020 | SPOT

UDS HOTELS is set to open YUEN BETTEI DAITA, a new onsen ryokan (hot spring Japanese inn), in Shimokitazawa, Tokyo, on September 28, 2020. The hotel is just a 1-minute walk from Setagaya-Daita Station and an 8-minute walk from Shimokitazawa Station.

YUEN BETTEI DAITA sits in a quiet location surrounded by old, historical Japanese houses and is basked in nature. It houses 300 guest rooms and has open-air baths, a spa, and offers traditional Japanese food the tea ceremony.

 

The inn is equipped with considerate facilities and has a relaxed atmosphere. It caters to modern day needs while still promising a traditional Japanese inn experience. And it doesn’t have to be just used as a hotel either – guests can just spend the day there in the hot springs if they like, allowing locals to get away from the hustle and bustle of the big city and their busy Tokyo lives.

 

The Design

YUEN BETTEI DAITA bases itself on the appearance of residences seen back in Tokyo back in the day. The hotel has taken in furniture and materials that were inherited in a thatched-roof residence in Setagaya which has over a 100 year history, which gives a nod to the history and culture of traditional Japanese architecture, while still incorporating more modern techniques in the wooden roofing and other areas. All of this combines to create a sophisticated Japanese culture-imbued space.

 

Guest Rooms

There are 35 guest rooms in total, each coming in one of seven types ranging from 19㎡-32㎡. The rooms open up into a tatami and seating area. Guests are provided with yukata and leather-soled geta shoes, and are treated to Japanese tea and confections from local shops.。

Open-air onsen baths (1st Floor)

The large open-air baths receive water from Odakyu Hotel de Yama’s own water source in Hakone. Guests can enjoy looking at a traditional Japanese garden while they bathe and listen to the sound of the water from Mount Fuji. The female baths also have scented mist saunas while the male baths have dry saunas.

 

Cooking & Tea Ceremony (1st Floor)

Kappou Tsukikage

Enjoy seasonal vegetables harvested from the local farms in Setagaya as well as Japanese sake and wine chosen to pair perfectly with the dishes.

 

Saryou Tsukikage

Guests can also experience the Japanese ceremony with local tea. Daita was once rich with tea farms, and so guests can look forward to enjoying delicious and authentic tea.

 

SOJYU spa

If guests want to relax the hotel’s SOJYU spa offers full body massage, original essential oil treatments, and much more. The spa will also be open to non-guests from spring next year.

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    The Menu

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    Food

    <Lunch Option A>


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    <Lunch Option B>


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    <Lunch Option C>


    Tomato Base Squid Ink Pasta | | ¥1,990, with plate ¥4,290 (Before Tax)

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    <Lunch Option D>


    Four Mushroom Risotto | ¥1,990, with plate ¥4,290 (Before Tax)

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    Drinks


    Character Drinks (7 Flavours) – Heartslabyul, Savanaclaw, Octavinelle, Scarabia, Pomefiore, Ignihyde, Diasomnia | ¥890 with coaster ¥1,790 (Before Tax)

    A selection of colourful tinted waters inspired by seven different characters seen in the game.

     

    Merchandise


    Superdeformed Series Art Example


    Pattern Series Art Example

    Magic-wielding players can get their hands on a selection of merchandise both at the cafes, and from November 20, via the OH MY CAFE STORE website. There are two different designs for the merch line-up as pictured above.

     

    Bonus Items

    Customers who book a table in advance (¥650 before tax per person) at the cafe will receive one of 22 possible lunch mats, and if they order a drink, one of 22 coasters.

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    18.October.2020 | SPOT

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    MIDTOWN WINTER LIGHTS

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    Path of Light – An Illuminated World

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    SNOW LIGHT GLOBE – A World of Snow

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    STEP LIGHT – A Colourful World

    STEP LIGHT is a fun and interactive illumination display with lights that light up when you step on them, creating a colourful walkway.

     

    Running: November 19, 2020 – February 28, 2021

    Time: 17:00-23:00 (Until 24:00 around the plaza)

    Location: Midtown Garden

     

    MIDTOWN ICE RINK – A World of Ice

    MIDTOWN ICE RINK is something people in Tokyo look forward to every winter. This year, the rink is opening in November. It’s one of the biggest ice rinks in Tokyo and provides real ice for people to skate on, welcoming everyone from children and beginners to pros. The rink will be open into the evening too when it will be lit up so people can enjoy a little night skating session.

     

    Running: November 19, 2020 – February 28, 2021
    Time: 11:00-21:00 (Last Entries 20:00)

    *Opens at 17:00 on November 19 and is closed on January 1

    *Opening hours subject to change depending on weather
    Location: Tokyo Midtown
    Prices:

    General (High School Students and older) – Weekdays ¥2,000 / Weekends & Public Holidays ¥2,500

    Children (Junior High School Students and younger) Weekdays ¥1,500 / Weekends & Public Holidays ¥2,000

     

    Midtown Christmas Trees

    Various Christmas trees will be set up in the Tokyo Midtown garden area, indoors, and elsewhere to set in the holiday season mood.

    Running: November 19, 2020 – December 25, 2020

     

    Present Christmas Tree – A World of Fantasy

    The Tokyo Midtown garden will welcome a mysterious kind of Christmas tree for the first time every this year—one which sprouts presents. 25 presents will be grown, and in December one will be given out each day.

     

    Time: 17:00-23:00
    Location: Midtown Garden

     

    Santa Tree – A Miniature World


    Around 1,800 individual Santa Claus ornaments will make up the 4-meter tall Santa Tree inside the Tokyo Midtown Galleria

     

    Time: 11:00-Midtown
    Location: Galleria 1F Tree Shower

     

    Choose! Choose! AR Tree – An Original World

    Tokyo Midtown also has something for people to enjoy at home. They can use an app that makes use of AR tech so that a Christmas tree can appear when you go to take a photo which you can decorate with an assortment of ornaments. There’s over 1,000 possible combinations. More details about this will be posted on the event website in early November.

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