Hotel Gajoen Tokyo

Tokyo's hidden-away artistic stay

Hotel Gajoen Tokyo is the ultimate art lover’s hotel. With a 90-year history of being an exclusive wedding and dining venue, the property is renowned for housing thousands of Japanese masterpieces, including opulent paintings, lacquer and ornate woodwork from the early Showa era.

Historical touches and beautiful artworks can be found around every corner, but the highlight is the gorgeous Japanese garden that surrounds the premises. Complete with waterfalls, bridges, koi ponds and stone seats shaded by red ornamental parasols, the grounds provide a tranquil outdoor space — a rarity for central Tokyo.

Though the grounds and public spaces provide a window to the past, the accommodations offer a sleek and modern escape. And with at least 753 square feet in which to stretch out, the spacious rooms are a relaxing respite in themselves.

Our Inspector's Highlights

  • Be sure to enjoy some time in the property’s outdoor lobby, complete with a waterfall and stools hewn from rock with red parasols to protect you from the sun.
  • Although it feels like rural Japan, Hotel Gajoen is centrally located in Meguro, a residential district of Tokyo. The tucked-away location allows for a quiet retreat, but also puts you within just a short driving distance of theaters, nightclubs, restaurants, shops and the city’s bustling business district.
  • You won’t want to miss a visit to the stunning library. Open exclusively to hotel guests, the beautiful wood-paneled room (original to the 1928 building) is a wonderful place to unwind in comfortable armchairs and peruse the vast selection of books on Japanese art and culture.
  • Hotel Gajoen has its own museum. The Hyakudan Kaidan (“100 steps”) is the only remaining part of the original building — a set of wooden stairs (there are actually only 99) leads to tatami rooms decorated by Japan’s most famous artists from the late 1920s. Each room has seasonal displays of Japanese artwork and historical artifacts.
  • Every room at this historic hotel is extra sumptuous — it is an all-suite property.

Things to Know

  • Each guest has access to the club lounge, where breakfast and evening cocktails are served. A traditional Japanese tea ceremony is also held here every afternoon at 3 p.m., which is a special treat for both local and foreign visitors alike.
  • The artistry found throughout the property is so intricate and extensive that it led the high-society visitors of its early years to nickname the venue the “Palace of the Dragon God.”
  • Even if you feel like taking the stairs, check out the elevators. They are made entirely of lacquerware inlaid with mother-of-pearl; they are a work of art in themselves.

The Rooms

  • All accommodations at this Tokyo hotel are suites — each has its own private sauna, Jacuzzi bath and lounge area. High-end French spa products from Omnisens Paris are provided in the bathrooms.
  • Sixty newly renovated suites are all at least 753 square feet in size. The largest accommodations can be used to host formal dinners or even small wedding parties.
  • Each space is designed in a minimalist, Japanese style. Many contain works of art, with either a view of the city or the cherry-blossom-lined Meguro River, one of the most beautiful spring vistas in Tokyo.
  • Plush beds, electric blackout blinds and in-room fine dining make the suites comfortably luxurious.

The Restaurants

  • Housed in a thatched-roof structure, Tofutei is Hotel Gajoen’s signature Japanese restaurant. Made up of a series of beautiful private rooms with tatami mat floors, the eatery offers traditional, seasonally changing coursed meals featuring sushi, tempura and fresh produce.
  • Shunyuki is the property’s main dining room, serving healthy, high-end Chinese cuisine. For an artistic experience, book one of the private dining rooms where the tables are, in true Gajoen style, lacquerware rotating stands with mother-of-pearl inlay.
  • An Italian eatery with a view of the garden, Ristorante Canoviano concentrates on natural flavors, local vegetables and fine wine pairings.
  • The luxury hotel’s casual dining restaurant, Kanade Terrace serves international cuisine with a lunch buffet and dinner courses. Spacious and comfortable, the restaurant has exceptional desserts and sweets.
  • A small counter hibachi that serves flavorful kuroge wagyu beef and seafood, Steakhouse Hama is intimate and unforgettable.

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1-8-1 Shimomeguro, Meguro-ku, Tokyo, 153-0064 Japan
HND (22-28 min)   NRT (1 hr-1 hr 25 min)  
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