Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo, one of Japan’s most prestigious international hotels located in Shinjuku, Tokyo offers a wide range of different cultural experiences for guests to enjoy and learn Japanese culture. These cultural experiences are just one of the many attractive reasons that foreign visitors, who now account for 75% of all the guests, from over 100 different overseas countries choose to stay at the Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo. The“ Japanese Culture Experience Program ” also includes special exhibitions of traditional Japanese culture displayed in the lobby, and has come to be highly regarded by guests.
One of the experiences is an “Ikebana” traditional Japanese flower arrangement experience held once every other week at a cost of JPY3,000 per participant. A maximum of six participants are provided with a 45 minute long lesson in the “Sougetsu School” of traditional Japanese flower arrangement, along with a lecture by renowned “Ikebana” flower arrangement artist Hiroki Maeno.
Another experience is THE “Sado” traditional Japanese tea ceremony experience held four times a day, five days a week excluding Thursdays and Sundays (Also excluding days when events have been fully booked in advance). Tea ceremony experiences are held in the “Sho-fu-an” tea room located on the 10 th floor of the Hotel, with English explanations provided by the tea ceremony master. Each tea ceremony lasts for about 30 minutes and is provided to four participants for a fee of JPY2,000 each.
Another highly popular experience is the “Yukata Easy Kimono Experience Plan” that provide guests with opportunities to wear traditional Japanese Yukata casual kimonos on a rental basis to be worn both inside and outside our Hotel. Also, photographic services for guests to take commemorative pictures wearing Yukatas at various scenic points within the Hotel are also available.
Participation in these experiences is not limited to guests staying at the Hotel, but also used widely by visitors staying at other hotels.