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Fun Tour of Meguro Gajoen

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Published on 02.08.2016 Meguro Gajoen is a fabulous facility complex located in Meguro, Tokyo. It started as a restaurant located in a beautiful garden that offered authentic Chinese and Japanese cuisines in 1931. The founder, Rikizo Hosokawa, also built a gorgeous and massive spa on the premises. The combination of gorgeous banquet and spa soon became popular among the people in Tokyo. Thus, it earned its second name, “Ryugujo,” which refers to the undersea palace of the dragon god of the sea in fairy tales, of the Showa era (1926-1989). Gajoen is also famous for providing the first wedding hall in Japan. In addition to these facilities, currently they also provide banquet halls, a museum exhibiting Japanese traditional themes, a hotel, more varieties of restaurants of high standard, and a cafe with live piano music occasionally in the afternoon.

Beside purely Japanese or purely Western style rooms, their hotel offers rooms in a unique style, called Japanese-Western style. This style combines a bed room in the Western-style and a small dining area in Ryukyu-an style from southern Japan, providing a relaxing and a little exotic mood. Hotel guests are invited to “Hyakudankaidan,” a stairway of ninety-nine steps that connects the seven banquet/wedding halls. It has been designated as a cultural property of Tokyo since 2009. The interior of the banquet/wedding halls is decorated with traditional wooden carvings, mother-of-pearls, or other luxury materials. The decorations of the hallway that include wooden craft works that depict women in different traditional styles from Edo period, the display of a beautiful piece of traditional costume, and seasonal trees are also fabulous. It is said that the Ghibli director, Hayao Miyazaki, got the inspiration for Yubaba's bathhouse in his movie Spirited Away from Gajoen. It will be a great fun to take a tour there enjoying the atmosphere of Yubaba's bathhouse, if you are a fan of Ghibli movies. 

Sightseeing spots around Gajoen

Meguro fudo (Ryusen-ji temple)
Open: 6:30am ~ 
Admission: free
http://www.tendaitokyo.jp/jiinmei/6ryusenji/
(English site unavailable)

Otori-jinja shrine
Office hours: 9:00am ~ 5:00pm

Admission: free
http://www.ootorijinja.or.jp/
(English page unavailable)

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