It’s a must visit in Tokyo! The 7 extremely gorgeous halls of “Meguro Gajoen”!

It’s also called the “Palace of the dragon king from the Showa era”. It’s located in Meguro, and is home to the wooden Hyakudan kaidan, or “100-stair staircase”, and 4 of the 7 banquet rooms are designated as tangible cultural assets in Tokyo. The facility is a hotel, wedding hall, and a complex of restaurants, which are all open to the public.

Banquet Hall


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Banquet Hall

Banquet Hall

Take a look at the 7 Banquet rooms, all of which inspire the worlds of novels and movies.

Contrary to the gorgeous and colorful temples in other Asian countries, Japanese temples and shrines tend to be very simple and represent the transient and imperfect aesthetics of wabi-sabi. However, Gajoen is different. Gajoen displays extravagant interiors with beautiful designs on the ceilings, floors, and windows. 4 of the 7 banquet rooms are designated as tangible cultural assests in Tokyo, which were inspiration for a novel by Osamu Dazai, and the movie, “Spirited Away” by Hayao Miyazaki.

Hyakudan kaidan

100 staircases

The only wooden structure in Gajoen is this 100-stair staircase.

The 7 rooms are made of 5cm thick zelkova wood, all connected by this staircase. If you go up the stairs, there are 7 different types of rooms that will enchant you with their shiny interiors. By the way, the staircase only has 99 steps, even though it says 100 in its title.

100 staircases
It ends at 99.

Why, do you ask? According to the Chinese, 100 means “the end”, but 99 means “forever”, so the staircase represents hope to continue forever. It brings a wondrous imagination to us.

Hyakudan kaidan

Let’s visit with a tour or an event!

There is a English tour guide with meal(Until September, 2015) and also some events such as The world of handicrafts @ Hyakudan kaidan (Japanese text only) at Meguro Gajoen. Personally, I recommend Hyakudan Hina Matsuri Festival on January 22nd, 2016. Beautiful Hina dolls selected from all over Japan will be on display! Please check their website and visit if you are in the area!

Map

1-8-1 Shimomeguro, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 153-0064

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Wasabi

Wasabi

Writer / Translator

I’m a freelance translator from Tokyo who likes to travel right in the middle of the unpredictables in life. Through the translation of articles I hope to create points of contact between Japan and the rest of the world. As a writer, I want to add information that isn’t in the guide book, from a “wasabi” perspective!

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Information

Address 1-8-1 Shimomeguro, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 153-0064
Phone Yuri Suzuki
Website https://www.megurogajoen.co.jp/english/