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Experience Old and New Tokyo at The Gate Hotel Kaminarimon

December 10, 2012 by

Whether you’re heading to Tokyo to explore ancient alleyways or marvel at futuristic cityscapes, Design Hotel’s newest city property is a good bet.

The Gate Hotel Kaminarimon sits on the cusp of both old and new Tokyo, on the edge of the Asakusa neighborhood, one of Tokyo’s oldest heritage districts.

On one side sits the Kaminarimon entrance gate (also known as Thunder Gate) which was first built in 941 AD. On the other, Tokyo Skytree, the world’s tallest radio tower and futuristic skyline addition, which opened earlier this year.

Inside the 14-floor hotel are 137 rooms with Hansgrohe Raindance showers, original artwork by Katsuhiko Hibino and Slumberland beds (imported from the UK), giving the space a slick, moody feel.

The level of design comes as no surprise, with architect and designer, Shigeru Uchida at the helm. Uchida ranks among Japan’s most famous architects, with his work showing in the permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the National Gallery of Victoria and the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The hotel is also home to R Restaurant & Bar, a modern eatery serving a mixture of Japanese and French cuisine. For unparalleled views, head to the 14th floor to relax on the 24-hour terrace.

Rates start at about $240/night for a weekend stay based on double occupancy.

photo credit: Design Hotels



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