From an evening hosted by geishas to a private experience at the Shinto shrine, Capitol Hotel Tokyu offers authentic experiences to its guests in a luxurious setting that blends traditional and modern Japanese architectural styles and sophisticated.
Offering a refined “modern Japanese” ambience, Capitol Hotel Tokyu features the best qualities of a traditional ryokan with the modern conveniences of a Western hotel. The hotel was awarded four highly coveted stars by the Forbes Travel Guide in 2019.
Capitol Hotel Tokyu was designed by world famous architect Kengo Kuma, who is also the architect of the new Tokyo National Stadium for the upcoming 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Conveniently located in central Tokyo in the Akasaka district, the hotel, which is the flagship property of Tokyu Hotels Corporation, has 251 spacious rooms (including 13 suites).
Rooms have ‘shoji’ paper screens and sliding partitions, many of which offer panoramic views of the Tokyo cityscape or spectacular views of the gardens from the Sanno Groves at nearby Hie Shrine.
The rooms located on the Club floors, which are the top three floors of the hotel, have exclusive access to “The Capitol Lounge SaRyoh” at 27e floor where they can relax and enjoy food and drinks in a quiet and private setting.
The Capitol Hotel Tokyu also offers a number of expansive suites, including the “Signature Suite” which includes a living room, dining room, study and bedroom, as well as panoramic views of the city below. The âCapitol Suiteâ, located at 29e floor, measures over 223 square meters and features an oversized Jacuzzi tub.
The hotel offers a wide variety of facilities for its guests, including a spa, swimming pool and fitness center. It has two gourmet restaurants, including “Suiren” which offers Japanese cuisine including teppan-yaki, sushi and Kaiseki, while “Star Hill” offers Chinese cuisine in an elegant and elegant setting.
A restaurant called Origami offers meals throughout the day while the Capitol Bar is a place to relax, have a cocktail, and even enjoy a cigar. The hotel also has a pastry shop which offers a wide variety of desserts, pastries and breads.
A full-service spa offers a wide range of body and facial treatments, many of which incorporate concepts of traditional oriental medicine. You will also have access to a therapeutic salt bath and a low temperature mist sauna. Stunning views of the city below are seen from the fitness center, which is located at 14e and 15e hotel floors.
The fitness center offers state-of-the-art equipment and personal training services. There is also an indoor swimming pool 20 meters long and 1.2 meters deep with a flat bottom ideal for water walking. There is a spacious room on two floors where there is a Jacuzzi as well as a relaxing terrace. Sportswear, shoes and swimwear are available for hire.
The hotel can organize several authentic and exclusive experiences for its clients. Hie Shrine, which is a two-minute walk from the hotel, was originally built in 1659 by Shogun Ietsuna Tokugawa, the fourth shogun of the Tokugawa dynasty of Japan. Burned down during the bombing of Tokyo during World War II, the shrine was rebuilt in 1958.
For an additional fee, Capitol Hotel Tokyu can arrange for its guests to enter the generally forbidden shrine building to experience the atmospheric rituals of an authentic Shinto ceremony, from purification, meditation and prayer to a traditional dance. of the sword to entertain the deities. These ceremonies are usually performed at the request of devotees who experience particularly significant life events, such as a wedding, childbirth, or when they wish good fortune in business ventures.
Along with the prayer ceremony, guests have the option of witnessing the spellbinding sword dance of the âShrine Maidens,â who are women who typically assist Shinto priests in their divine work. The ethereal performance is believed to provide entertainment for the gods, who patiently listened to the prayers and wishes of the Shinto priests. The program can be booked and booked until the end of December 2019 (with the exception of June 7 to 17).
Another authentic experience that can be organized by the hotel for its guests is the âGeisha Dining Experienceâ. The hotel is conveniently located in the Akasaka district, once known as Tokyo’s dining area, where geishas provide festive entertainment and traditional dance performances in private rooms.
These establishments were intimately linked to the business and political sectors of the region, providing venues for politicians to speak in private or for high-class business entertainment. Several ryotei restaurants still exist to this day, including Akasaka Asada, offering traditional Japanese cuisine in settings that exemplify Japanese culture in its various forms, from food and tableware to traditional music, sukiya-style architecture. , decoration and Japanese gardens.
The âGeisha Dining Experienceâ makes it easy to take advantage of the very rare opportunity to see this traditional entertainment firsthand. Guests are hosted one-on-one by a professional geisha at Akasaka Asada, a restaurant with over 300 years of history. The experience includes traditional Geisha performances of song, dance, shamisen (Japanese guitar), and conversation (offered in Japanese or English), while guests dine around a multi-course dinner of kaiseki, the Japanese haute cuisine. The two-hour experience includes dinner and alcoholic beverages.
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