15 Minutes from Haneda Airport! All About Hotel Oriental Express Tokyo Kamata – Newly Open from April 2019!! [PR]
The Kamata district of Tokyo, located close to Haneda Airport, is an area brimming with small workshops and public bathhouses. If you're looking to get a taste of Japanese working class culture, head on over to Kamata!
This article will introduce you a particularly recommended spot in the area that just opened its doors in April 2019 - the Hotel Oriental Express Tokyo Kamata!
At this hotel, you'll be able to see the local history and culture (i.e. the commonplace workshop atmosphere of Kamata and the artisans' techniques) in details of the interior design. The really fascinating thing about this hotel is that even after you've returned back to your room to rest from a day full of sightseeing, you'll still be immersed in a surrounding that emanates the aesthetic of Japanese craftsmanship and even the artisans' emotions.
*This article is featured in collaboration with Hotel Oriental Express Tokyo Kamata.
A Hotel that Values the Experiences of Local Craftsmen
Although Hotel Oriental Express Tokyo Kamata is located just by Keikyu Kamata Station, it's tucked away in a quiet residential neighborhood. The hotel was designed to "evoke memories and images of Kamata’s once historic past as a center of traditional family owned workshops." In following this theme, they've collaborated with over 10 local workshops to incorporate goods made by the local craftsmen, as well as the manufacturing equipment they use in their work, into the hotel's interior design. Guests at the hotel will be able to appreciate the beauty of the local workshops' traditional Japanese craftsmanship during their stay here. Through the meals and the area around the hotel, guests will also be able to learn about the working class culture of Ota City, and more specifically, the Kamata district.
Interior Design Like a Small Art Museum
When you enter the hotel, the first thing that will catch your eye is the well-used lathe. This is a machine used to cut metal, and it was actually used in one of the local workshops. The expanded metal (metal net) ceiling in the lobby and the matching Galvanized sheet copper (metal corrugated sheet) in the guest hallways really bring out the atmosphere of a factory.
A point that is particularly worthy of mention is the floor number that shows which floor you're on. These numbers have also been carefully designed, and are works of art made from combining the techniques of several workshops. Take a look at it from several different angles and you'll notice its appearance start to change! Pretty fascinating, right?
There are single bedrooms, double bedrooms, and triple bedrooms available at this hotel. They provide all of the necessities you'll need in a compact space. There's Wi-Fi within the entire building, and every room is equipped with an electric kettle, safe box, refrigerator, ionic hair dryer, and air purifier (w/ humidifier function). There's also an Apple TV and Bluetooth speakers, so you'll be able to enjoy your favorite music or movies at any time!
A Cute Bento for Breakfast!
There's a cafe on the first floor, and during breakfast hours you can indulge in a buffet filled with Japanese and Western cuisine. From onigiri and miso soup to croissants and vegetable soup, you can pick up your favorite dishes and vegetables and place it on a "bento box" plate. You can eat it at the restaurant or take it back to your room!
Hot tea and other drinks are also available outside of breakfast hours. Try the fukamushi-cha (deep-steamed tea) and enjoy its unique fragrance while you sip.
Stroll Around the Neighborhood and Jump Into the Local Lifestyle
Besides strolling through the old streets and visiting the small workshops, another recommendation in Kamata is to go around the many sentos (public bathhouses) spread out all across the area. By visiting a sento, you'll be getting a full hands-on experience of the local lifestyle. Definitely try out the "kuroyu" sento, where you can bathe in dark brown colored hot springs. You might not be very familiar with seeing black-colored water, as this type of spring water is only available in a few locations in the whole world. The water will make your skin super smooth, and is even called "Bijin no Yu" (hot spring of beauty). There's also a road lined with many restaurants near the station. Businessmen often visit places on this street after work, so the neighborhood is quite lively until the late hours of the night. If you want to experience the true local lifestyle of the Japanese people, try staying at Hotel Oriental Express Tokyo Kamata! It's extremely close to Haneda Airport, and you'll be able to explore the everyday lives of the residents in this working class area.
Name: Hotel Oriental Express Tokyo Kamata
Official homepage: https://tokyokamata.hotelorientalexpress.com/?lang=en
Address: 1-3-15 Minami Kamata, Ota-ku, Tokyo
Check-in: 3:00 pm - 3:00 am
Check-out: 11:00 am
Price: From 4,100 yen per night per person for double bedroom (breakfast included)
*Room prices will differ by season and room type. Refer to the official homepage for my details.
How to Get There: 3-minute walk from the East Exit of Keikyu Kamata Station
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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