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Experience 8 Kinds Of Japan At SHIBUYA Hotel En

Experience 8 Kinds Of Japan At SHIBUYA Hotel En

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Tokyo's SHIBUYA Hotel En is a concept hotel in which each floor has a separate theme, ranging from manga all the way to nature. Let's head over there and see a hotel that embodies both the traditional and innovative sides of Japanese culture.

Translated by Greg

Written by 岩田 昌大

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On February 5th 2016 a hotel offering customers a new kind of sensation, opened just 7 minutes away on foot from Shibuya station. The hotel is called SHIBUYA Hotel En. The Japanese word en in the hotel's name has various meanings. For example, en (縁), which expresses the connection between people, en (宴), a banquet where food and drink are enjoyed, and also en (円), a circle or ring indicating completeness.

SHIBUYA Hotel En is a nine storey complex with hotel rooms occupying the 2nd to 9th floors. Its main characteristic is that each and every one of these floors has a separate and distinct theme. This hotel, with a name that expresses several different meanings, offers guests many attractive features in one building.
As you go up to each floor you're filled with a sense of excitement and anticipation, wondering what theme and atmosphere awaits you! Next we'll introduce you to each floor.

2F - Manga

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The second floor's theme is based on Japan's unique manga (comic book) culture. The hallway walls are covered with enlarged images of manga, and when you get off the elevator it feels like you've stepped right into the scene of a manga story.

By the way, when you look at the manga on the wall you'll soon see that they are images of the very street you took from Shibuya station to get to this hotel!

3F - Tenugui

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When you get to the third floor you'll see that it's decorated entirely with tenugui. Tenugui is a small traditional towel used in Japan since ancient times. Not only is tenugui a useful item for daily life, it's also loved as a work of art. In this particular case, tenugui depicting Japan's four beautiful seasons are used to decorate the premises.

4F - A KyotoSide Street

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On the fourth floor, a Kyoto side alley lined with traditional houses has been recreated. As you walk down the hallway, guided by the illumination from the tōrō lanterns, a rather surrealistic atmosphere envelopes the space.

Read Also: Japanese Encyclopedia: Tōrō Nagashi ("Lanterns On The River")

5F - Hokusai's Red Fuji

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The fifth floor walls are covered with images of Aka Fuji (*1), or Red Fuji, an ukiyo-e print by one of Japan's most famous ukiyo-e artists, Katsushika Hokusai.

(*1) - Aka Fuji: a woodblock print from the famous ukiyo-e series called Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji.

6F - A Noh Stage

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The sixth floor focuses on noh, one of Japan's traditional theatrical arts. Here, noh's unique view on the world has been recreated. When a noh mask suddenly comes into view amidst the darkness, the sensational image gives you a bit of a jolt!

7F - A Thousand Gates

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The seventh floor is a replica of Kyoto's Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, with its colorful torii gates.

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Just as you would at a real shrine, here you can write your wish on the back of an ema, or wooden tablet.


Read Also:Japanese Encyclopedia: "Ema" and "Goriyaku"

8F - All Things In Nature

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Gods dwell in all of nature.
This statement represents one fundamental belief for followers of the Shintō religion in Japan, and it takes form on the hotel's eighth floor. When you get off the elevator into the hallway, it feels like you've stepped into the deepest part of a forbidden forest where you can experience a mystical and mysterious feeling.

9F - Harmony

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Here on the ninth floor (top floor), there are hotel suites. Stripped of all unnecessary elements, the suites are simple and beautiful, yet luxurious in nature, with an air of sophistication that represents the best of Wa, a word meaning "harmony" and referring to the essence of Japanese culture.

Gorgeous and Extravagant, Full of Ingenuity

Next we'll give you a peek inside some of the rooms!

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Japanese Modern

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Factory Modern

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Just as each floor has a specific theme, the decor of the rooms themselves have a special concept. To begin with, the 2nd floor to the 8th floor consist of various rooms such as Japanese Modern, which adopts traditional Japanese plaster and wooden walls, or Factory Modern with its characteristic red brick walls. Of course all rooms are equipped with high speed Wi-Fi.

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In each room guests can treat themselves to premium quality Gyokuro green tea.

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Also, all the suites on the top floor have a decor based on a different theme; for example, a cave theme, an oriental theme, a traditional house theme and so on.

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This room has a cave theme. From floor to ceiling, the walls are covered with white-colored, rock-like bricks allowing guests to feel as though they are inside a rock cave. Inside the room there is also a massage chair, perfect for relieving your travel fatigue.

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Finally, this is a room with an oriental theme. It has a luxurious, southern resort kind of feeling. This atmosphere coordinates well with the room's oriental-style design and furnishings.

So these are the eight different floor themes that you can enjoy here at SHIBUYA Hotel En. We heartily recommend visiting more than once, allowing you to sample the various room concepts. For those of you seeking an elegant and rich overnight stay in the Shibuya area, you don't need to look any further than SHIBUYA Hotel En.

Information

SHIBUYA Hotel En

Location: Tokyo, Shibuya, Maruyama 1-1
Business hours:
Check-in: 15:00-24:00
Check-out: 11:00
Holidays: open for business every day
Wi-Fi: available
Credit cards: we accept VISA,JCB,MasterCard,AMEX
Languages available: English (some service in Chinese and Taiwanese)
Menu in other languages: English only
Closest station JR Shibuya station
Access: 7 minutes on foot from the Hachiko exit of Shibuya station
Price range: from 24,000 yen - 56,000 yen
Phone number: 03-5489-1010
Homepage: SHIBUYA Hotel En (English available)

The information presented in this article is based on the time it was written. Note that there may be changes in the merchandise, services, and prices that have occurred after this article was published. Please contact the facility or facilities in this article directly before visiting.

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