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The Only Room Like It! Shiodome's Park Hotel Tokyo

The Only Room Like It! Shiodome's Park Hotel Tokyo

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Shiodome's Park Hotel Tokyo is a completely unique hotel experience - each room has been designed by Japanese artists along themes of literature, castles, bamboo and others. There are no two rooms alike and no other hotel like this in the world!

Translated by Hilary Keyes

Written by Sawada Tomomi

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A hotel with easy access, a reasonably priced hotel, a hotel with great views... There are so many different things to keep in mind when choosing a hotel. So if you get the chance to visit Japan, why not stay in a hotel filled with completely unique art?

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Have you heard of the gallery hotel in Shiodome where you can stay amidst some of the finest Japanese art? The Park Hotel Tokyo is an incredibly popular accommodation with travelers, consistently boasting an 80% non-Japanese occupancy rate.

Starting in 2012, each guest room at the hotel has been ornamented by artists through a project entitled "Artist in Hotel", creating completely unique rooms that cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

We would like to introduce some of these rooms here.

Beautiful Rooms Overflowing with Individuality

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This room, entitled "Lucky Cat", was designed by the artist Hyogo Mino, who selected the theme of the "maneki-neko" or "beckoning cat". By the way, the text painted across the ceiling over the bed is taken from Japan's literary master Souseki Natsume's debut novel "I Am A Cat". Painted on the walls are various maneki-neko, and in their midst a single "bake-neko" or monster cat is hidden - why not see if you can catch it?

An English paperback version of "I Am A Cat" has also been placed in the room. For those that haven't heard of this novel before, if you get the chance to stay in this room, please read it. You'll turn into Japanese literature fan in no time!

Read also:
Japanese Encyclopedia: Maneki Neko ("Beckoning Cat")
Imado Shrine, Find Love at the Home of the Maneki-neko

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This next room was painted by Mayuko Nakamura, and is called "The 47 Vegetables". The brilliant white walls of this room have been decorated with paintings of 47 different vegetables that are unique to Japan.

And within these 47 varieties of vegetables, there are even a few that Japanese people don't know the name of. Also found in this room is a picture book written in both English and Japanese that gives a detailed explanation of each vegetable. Wouldn't it be nice to take a walk about and look at each illustration in person? The gentle colors give this room a free, light atmosphere.

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The third room we would like to show you was made by Naoki Takenouchi, and is called "The Washi Room". By taking washi paper traditionally produced for construction work, folding, crumpling, and painting it, a wonderfully modern effect has been created in this room.

This is definitely a room where both tradition and creation can be experienced.

The Project is Still On-going!

The Park Hotel has guest rooms from the 26th to 34th floor, and every room on the 31st floor has been designated as an Artist Room; these rooms are expected to be completed mid-2016. For this reason, a few of the rooms are currently unavailable as they are being designed now. But, we were fortunate enough to be allowed in to get a sneak preview of some of these rooms. Specifically, "The Castle" and "Edo To Tokyo" rooms.

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Designed by Kazuki Mizuguchi, is "Castle" (Working title), an homage to the now non-existent Edo Castle. When night falls, the castle will be reflected on the window glass, creating a visual vibration between the old and the new Tokyo.

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In the "Edo-Tokyo" (Working title) room designed by Hidetaka Furukawa, the cityscape of old Edo (the former name of Tokyo) and that of modern Tokyo is compared - by seeing these two side-by-side, you can really feel the flow of time that has passed.

When You Come to Tokyo, Stay At The Park Hotel Tokyo

Until the date of your stay, it's impossible to know whether the particular room you'd like will be available. When you check in at the hotel, the staff will inform you of which rooms are available, and if the room you had hoped for is free, you may take it. Should all the Artist Rooms be occupied though, you are of course welcome to stay in a standard room.

The Park Hotel Tokyo is very popular with travelers to Japan and for this reason, all of the staff are can speak English. As these rooms are quite popular, it's better to make your reservations early.

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If you chose to stay in a standard room, and would like to smoke, Marron-chan (Akihisa Hayashi)'s "Smoking Space The Tokyo Marron" is free for you to enjoy, though you don't have to be a smoker to take a peek inside.

Wouldn't you like to stay in Shiodome?

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Information

Park Hotel Tokyo

Address: Tokyo, Minato, Higashi-Shinbashi 1-7-1 Shiodome Media Tower
Hours: Check-in from 14:00, check-out until 12:00
Closed: -
Wi-Fi: In all rooms
Credit Cards: Yes
Languages Available: English
Menus in Other Languages: English
Closest Station: JR Shinbashi Station on the Toei Ōedo Line and the Yurikamome Line
Access: 7-minute walk from Shinbashi Station (新橋駅), directly connected to Shiodome Station (汐留)
Price Range: -
Religious Considerations: -
Phone Number: 03-6252-1111
Homepage: Park Hotel Tokyo

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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