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Hoshino Resorts OMO5 Tokyo Otsuka - A Tokyo Stay Full Of Discoveries!
Hoshino Resorts OMO5 Tokyo Otsuka has great access to Tokyo's major sightseeing spots and offers its guests a comfortable stay in the heart of the city. This hotel will add excitement to your trip through local tours and original cuisine!
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Hoshino Resorts OMO5 Tokyo Otsuka - A Hotel That Makes Your Trip Exciting!
For everyone who wishes to enjoy not only sightseeing in Tokyo, but also an in-depth experience of the city, a new accommodation facility called Hoshino Resorts OMO5 Tokyo Otsuka was opened near JR Otsuka Station in May 2018.
The concept of OMO5 Tokyo Otsuka is "city sightseeing" and aims to be the ideal base for anyone wishing to explore Tokyo. That is why beside lodging, the facility also offers guided tours of the city, introducing exciting places that would otherwise remain unknown to visitors. In this article, we’ll report on the pleasant and excitement-filled lodging experience at OMO5 Tokyo Otsuka.
Exciting from the Entrance! Self Check-In
The spacious lobby and café at OMO5 Tokyo Otsuka are a public space that is open to both travelers and locals.
This space, which has a large map on the wall with the highlights and shops recommended by the staff from around the hotel area, as well as books on city culture that you are free to read, acts as a place that connects the guests to the neighborhood.
Now, if you’ll be staying at OMO5 Tokyo Otsuka, the first thing you have to do is check-in.
At the reception desk, there are screens operable in various languages which can be used by guests to perform the check-in procedures. Once you’ve received your card key from the machine, let’s head to the room!
If you have any questions on how the machine works, please ask a nearby staff member. They will happily explain to you how to use the machine.
Take a Rest in a Comfortable Japanese-Like Room
The rooms at OMO5 Tokyo Otsuka have a high ceiling and a two-level structure! The bottom level is the sofa space while the upper level is the bed area. This allows up to three people to stay in one room. Your excitement will grow even more when you'll gaze at the neighborhood scenery from the wide windows of the room.
The interior, made using Japanese cypress and tatami mats, is structured to make guests experience Japanese culture. The bathroom is spacious and you can leisurely soak in the bathtub to cure the fatigue from your trip.
Amenities are purchasable from the vending machine located on the 5th floor. They consist of brand products carefully selected by Hoshino Resorts, which manages luxury resort hotels, and include all kinds of items from basic skincare products and shampoos to bathing powders and slippers.
To take a look at other features of the rooms at OMO5 Tokyo Otsuka, please check out their official website.
An Unexpected Side of Tokyo! Discover the City Guided by an OMO Ranger!
One of the original services at OMO5 Tokyo Otsuka that will make your trip more exciting are the tours guided by OMO Rangers. The mission of the rangers is to support you through your Tokyo sightseeing.
There are five types of tours held by the OMO Rangers, separated by the guests' interests with each ranger specializing in a certain field.
The rangers will be your guides to the different sides of Otsuka. For example, the Green Ranger will guide you on a one hour stroll around lesser known spots in Otsuka, while the Red Ranger will take you to famous izakayas (Japanese bars) in the area. The Yellow Ranger will take you to great old gourmet food spots, while the Blue Ranger will introduce you to the latest interesting food spots of Otsuka. Last but not least, the Purple Ranger will take you on a tour around the jazz bars and live music venues that color the Otsuka nightlife.
For details on the guide tours by each OMO Ranger, please check out the website of OMO5 Tokyo Otsuka.
Our writer was interested in the lesser known spots in Otsuka and participated in a walking tour led by the friendly and bright Green Ranger.
Otsuka is famous for being a neighborhood full of roses. Thousands of roses are in full bloom everywhere throughout the neighborhood in the spring and autumn.
The retro Tokyo Sakura Tram, which is adored by Tokyo's citizens, also travels through Otsuka. The Green Ranger will let you in on great photo spots if you wish to take a wonderful picture of the Sakura Tram as it passes through the roses!
The most interesting places in Otsuka are undoubtedly the shopping districts at the south and north exits of Otsuka Station. During this tour, you will visit well-established Japanese confectionery stores and shops specializing in Japanese tea and will be able to talk with people who have been living in Otsuka.
This encounter with the welcoming and friendly locals will most surely become a precious opportunity to learn about the neighborhood, and will also become a great memory of your trip.
During your stroll, you will discover wonderful photo spots one after another. For example, you can take a great photo of Tokyo that you can boast about to your friends from Utsusemi Bridge. From the bridge, you’ll be able to see two symbols of Tokyo - the SkyTree and the JR Yamanote Line!
Dinner at an Otsuka Restaurant Recommended by the OMO5 Staff
Evenings in Otsuka bustle with people that want to enjoy a leisulery dinner on the way home from work.
Several privately owned retro izakayas and restaurants are located near OMO5 Tokyo Otsuka. It would be a great idea to ask the hotel staff for their recommendations if you want to eat out for dinner. They will introduce to you good restaurants with a pleasant atmosphere matching your preferences.
On the other hand, if you wish to spend your evening in the cozy atmosphere of the hotel, you can enjoy delicious craft beer and side dishes at the café located within the OMO5 Tokyo Otsuka lobby. The menu consists of several kinds of original snacks associated with representative foods in Tokyo.
Exciting from the Morning! Trendy and Delicious Vol-au-vent
The main Breakfast dish is vol-au-vent, a delicious crispy pie with four kinds of fillings. Every day, there is a different selection of vol-au-vent pies, but you can choose at any time between fillings using vegetables, meat or sweet fruit.
The vol-au-vents are large and filling, giving you the energy to start a new day.
The vol-au-vents are made to order. Please pick up soup or salad along with a drink, then have a comfortable breakfast in your favorite seat at the OMO Café.
For details on the menu available at OMO Café, please check the OMO5 Tokyo Otsuka official website.
Your Exciting Tokyo Travels Start Here at OMO5 Tokyo Otsuka!
OMO5 Tokyo Otsuka has outstanding access to major Tokyo sightseeing spots such as Ueno, Akihabara, Shinjuku, and Shibuya due to being located along the JR Yamanote Line. The OMO Ranger tours take you to deep places in Otsuka where you can encounter an authentic side of Tokyo. These tours will most surely become a chance to make your trip unforgettable.
Now then, how about going out onto an exploration of Tokyo with OMO5 Tokyo Otsuka as your base?
Hoshino Resorts OMO5 Tokyo Otsuka Official Website: https://omo-hotels.com/otsuka/en/
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Written by Ramona Taranu
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Sponsored by Hoshino Resorts
Hoshino Resorts operates hotels and ryokan (Japanese inns) in 35 locations all around Japan. Their facilities are ideal for travelers who wish to fully enjoy the charms of Japan.
Each facility has English speaking staff who make sure that visitors from all around the world experience the full breadth of Japanese hospitality without inconveniences.
The Hoshino Resorts brands include HOSHINOYA, KAI, RISONARE, and OMO.