Dress, stroll and eat in the Taisho Era with Tokyo hotel’s kimono plan

Photos courtesy of Hotel Gajoen Tokyo.
Photos courtesy of Hotel Gajoen Tokyo.

Dress, stroll and eat in the Taisho Era with Tokyo hotel’s kimono plan

by Takahiro Takiguchi
Stripes Japan

Japan’s Taisho Era from 1912 to 1926 is considered one of Japan’s most brilliant and romantic periods in modern history. Western arts and culture imported during this time had a major influence on Japan’s own fashion, arts and culture.

A Tokyo hotel is offering guests an opportunity to return to the colorful era for a day. Gajoen is hosting an interesting package plan which includes a rental of a Taisho-style kimono, high-end lunch and an exhibition on the artworks of the era inside its historical banquet annex.

The “Retro Kimono Plan with Restaurant and Cultural Assets” starts from 17,000 to 18,000 yen ($150-160) and allows you to choose a kimono, sash and various accessories like zori traditional sandals, bag and hair ornament for an authentic Taisho-style look. 

Photos courtesy of Hotel Gajoen Tokyo.

After getting fitted in the kimono rental and accessories, you will enjoy a high-end lunch or afternoon tea set at one of Gajoen’s high-end restaurants of your choosing. After lunch or tea, guests are allowed to stroll in and around the “museum hotel,” as Gajoen is described on its website. In the wooden Hyakudan Kaidan banquet annex, peruse Taisho Era artwork.

The plan is a great way to experience history through art, fashion and food. The kimono, the hotel grounds and the nearby Meguro River will make for wonderful Instagram photos. For an additional fee, the plan can include a professional photographer to capture you in the Taisho Era.

Take a walk into the Taisho Era now through June 12 at the Gajoen Hotel!

A stroll through Taisho
Hotel Gajoen Tokyo: 1-8-1 Shimomeguro, Meguro-ku, Tokyo
Information and reservations: https://www.hotelgajoen-tokyo.com/archives/72660 
Phone number: 050-3188-7570.
Period: Through June 12, 2022
Hours: 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., or 11:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Prices: Rental with Lunch Set: 18,000 yen, Rental with Afternoon Tea set: 17,000 yen (Optional professional photo-shooting: 5,500 - 8,800 yen)
URL: https://www.hotelgajoen-tokyo.com/100event/roman
Tel: 03-3491-4111
Notes: Kimonos are available for women only and run in standard size. The hotel cannot accommodate larger kimono sizes. Call ahead to check if they have a specific size available.

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