The Park Hotel Tokyo – high rise luxury art accommodation in Japan’s capital

 

Art Hotel extraordinaire
The Park Hotel Tokyo is a very special place to stay in this 21st Century city. Situated in the top 10 floors of the Shiodome Media Tower in the capital’s newest shiny skyscraper district – this cutting edge art hotel brings the beauty of Japanese culture and art to the luxury hotel market. The futuristic Shiodome district opened to the public in 2002 and, as well as the Park Hotel Tokyo its spectacular skyscrapers house offices, restaurants, theatres, shops and the headquarters of Nippon television, one of Japan’s national private television networks.

 

Looking up to the Park Hotel Tokyo

The Shiodome area was originally a tidal marshland separating the Imperial palace from Tokyo Bay. During the Edo Period (1603-1867) the marshes were dried up and developed into residential land. Shiodome literally means “halt the tides”

The Park hotel Tokyo with its vaulted atrium and achingly cool bars, houses art exhibitions regularly in its public spaces but it also has some very special hotel rooms indeed.

One entire floor of the hotel has been given over to the Artist in Hotel project which began in December 2012. Each room on the 31st floor is being decorated with a work of art by a Japanese artist. This project is well underway and we were treated to a view of some of the amazing rooms.
Broadly themed on “Japanese aesthetics,” artists draw on the walls and decorate the rooms with their original paintings and art objects. A finished Artist Room is a pure art form encapsulating the creator’s passion and views.
Themes for the rooms include the Dragon room where a great fiery beast curls around the walls, and the Zen room which is very spiritual and peaceful. One artwork is inspired by the might of the Sumo wrestler, one by the beauty of the Cherry Blossom season. Another room becomes a forest of bamboo, and one a coluorful, public bathhouse complete with views of Mount Fuji and comic characters taking a dip in the waters.

Taking a dip in the Public baths
My personal favourite was the most recently completed artist’s room ‘Geisha goldfish’ which took the artist Aki Narita seven months to complete. It is a beautiful series of murals which cover the walls of the entire room. The colourful Geisha keep watch over the bed in the centre of the room and the bright red goldfish swim all over the walls, the ceiling and even off into the bathroom!

Ms Narita said “When I looked out of the window, I felt like I was inside an aquarium.”
The fish give the feeling of floating and in ancient times a dream of being in a room surrounded by goldfish that are lucky charms would bring good luck to the customers who stayed there. It is stunning.

Gorgeous Geishas

Another favourite was the Zodiac room where painter Ryosuke Yasumoto decorated a room themed on the 12 signs of the Zodiac, while staying at the hotel for 11 days last year.

 “I will be happy if the guests can sense the world of the humorous, old folk tale of the 12 signs of the Zodiac,” said Yasumoto about the room filled with lively images of the animals.
The cat and weasel, which are not included in the 12 signs but appeared in the folk tale about how they missed out on being chosen, are included in the room decoration.
Yasumoto makes the most of the three-dimensional canvas and visitors lying on the bed can make eye contact with the tiger painted on the back wall through a mirror or spot a monkey hiding behind the curtain.

 

Tiger taming in the Zodiac room

Every room in the Park Hotel Tokyo has its own fabulous view out over this unique city. Right outside the hotel is a first class view of the famous Tokyo tower which is modelled on the Eiffel tower in Paris. The tower has its own impressive illuminations at night and it stands out among the stunning space age skyline. At 333m high it is 13m taller than the French tower and is a symbol of the city’s post WWII re birth. It looks rather retro among the other ultra-modern buildings.

 

Reception with a view

The hotel is in a great location close to the world renowned shopping district of Ginza with lots of up market stores (including the biggest Uniqlo in japan) and there are also lots of art galleries and theatres nearby including the Kabuki-za Theatre.

Smart shopping at Uniqlo

By contrast, just around the corner under the railway tracks near Shimbashi station is a network of little alleyways with tiny stand up bars and restaurants where crowds of office workers descend to eat drink and talk. Another fascinating snapshot of alternative Japanese culture.

Mini stand up restaurant

The staff at the Park Hotel Tokyo make you feel very welcome indeed. They are super attentive, have very good English and are actually quite charming. One lady on the desk even apologized for our recent earthquake experience! If you are going to the Far East I cannot recommend this fabulous hotel highly enough for your very own lost in translation experience.

 

Go Tokyo!