Something new in Kabuki-cho
Kabuki-cho, located northeast of Shinjuku Station, recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the busiest station in the world, has long been a bustling nightlife district, and on April 14. the recent inauguration of the skyscraper Kabuki-chô adds an extra touch of entertainment.
The 225-meter high skyscraper with 48 floors and five basements was built by Tokyo conglomerate Milano-za on the site of a former historic movie theater. It does not have offices, but two hotels on the upper floors with a total of 635 rooms, while the lower floors contain cinemas, a theater, a concert hall, other restaurants and bars.
Renowned composer Sakamoto Ryūichi, who died last March, ensured the sound integrity of the 109 rooms of Premium Cinemas Shinjuku. It has eight screens and more than 700 luxury seats. One of the rooms has screens on both sides in addition to the main screen, and the other has 35mm films.
On the second floor of the tower is the Shinjuku Kabuki Hall, a multi-purpose space of 1000 m2 which echoes the atmosphere of old Tokyo’s festivals and small alleys. This is 20th century Japane the age we find with our lanterns, festival floats, drinks and a wealth of experience in cooking popular and affordable dishes with specialties from all over the country, e.g. don buri (rice bowls with thinly sliced meat or fish), noodles, meat skewers Yakitori and gyoza.
Another strong point of the Kabuki-chô tower: unlike most other buildings of its type, the tower remains open all the time (or almost), namely from 6 am to 5 am.
100% made in Japan and hot springs at Haneda Airport
After a 32-year wait, the construction of a fourth runway allowed Haneda Airport to resume international flights in 2010. in October
January 31 opened Haneda Airport Garden is located in Terminal 3 and aims to play close to Tokyo as well as being open 24 hours a day.
In particular, the complex consists of a 12-story building that houses the Villa Fontaine Hotel. With 1,717 rooms, it is the largest airport hotel in Japan. On the top floor, there is an open-air natural hot spring bath from which you can admire Mt.Fuji while watching planes take off and land. Open 24 hours a day to clients as well as visitors, the complex also has four indoor baths, including Jacuzzis, and three hot stone spas (ganbanyoku).
On the first and first floors, 73 shops showcase Japanese culture and artistic knowledge with products from all over the country. The first basement has a 230-seat food court and several restaurants, as well as an indoor bus station that allows travelers to go to other parts of Japan.
And Tokyo Station, which is more decorated
Where Haneda is the main arrival point for air travelers in the capital, Tokyo Station is for those arriving by land. The 240-meter-tall Tokyo Midtown Yaesu complex opened on March 10. The building has 45 floors and four basements. It is the third Midtown development in the city after Roppongi Midtown and Hibiya Midtown.
The upper floors are home to the Bulgari Hotel Tokyo, a high-end Italian jewelry brand. The first three basements house 57 stores, bringing together well-known and emerging Japanese brands. This is Hosoo, founded in 1688. In Kyoto, there is an exhibition hall with 200 types of textiles created using 1,200-year-old craft techniques, as well as furniture, artwork and other traditional items. There is also Tsugaru Vidro, which is the very first shop of glass artisans from Aomori Prefecture, producing colored glassware at a temperature of 1300 degrees.
There is a food court on the first floor of Tokyo Yaesu Midtown. The offices span floors 6-37 and, for the first time in Japan, food is delivered by robots. We place the order on a smartphone and the machines use elevators to deliver the food.
(Header photo: Kabuki-chô tower and its original architecture resembling a gushing fountain. Photo courtesy of the Tôkyû Group.)
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