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After their debut in China at Shenzhen and Beijing, the worldwide-famous brand Muji brings their brand new hotel chain to Japan. MUJI HOTEL GINZA officially opened in Tokyo in April 2019. It is located in the district of Ginza, where land prices are the highest in Japan. So what special features does it have? What do the rooms look like? What are the prices? Follow us on our first visit to find out.
An Excellent Location
Ginza is a very well known and frequented place in Tokyo with its many upscale attractions like GINZA SIX, Tokyo Midtown Hibiya, the Imperial Palace and the famous pedestrian heaven. The MUJI HOTEL is just a 3-minute walk from the Ginza subway station and 5 minutes from the JR Yurakucho Station.
The hotel occupies the 6th to 10th floor of the 11-floor Muji Ginza shop building. The other floors host shops and restaurants.
A Fusion of Nature and History
With its concept of “anti-gorgeous, anti-cheap”, MUJI HOTEL GINZA focuses on natural materials like wood and stone. It also utilizes repurposed old materials, allowing the visitors to feel the history of Japan.
The stone wall behind the check-in counter is made from paving stones that were used in Tokyo's tram system 100 years ago.
The walls of the restaurant WA next to the lobby are made of wood and recycled materials from old ships. It's a unique space created by mixing different materials.
The restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu changes every three months with local themes, so that visitors can enjoy the taste of specialties from all over Japan. The first theme after opening was food from Oita Prefecture in Kyushu.
The Fusion Twin Room
Long and narrow is the predominant style of rooms here. The smallest room measures only 2.1m across, but the high ceiling makes them feel more spacious. A lot of care is put into design and interior and the space is used efficiently, as one should do in the most expensive land in Japan.
MUJI HOTEL GINZA offers 9 room types for a total of 79 rooms. The most common is the double (Type C), a room that incorporates Japanese elements like the raised platform at the back of the room called koagari.
The toilets are spacious. Room types A through C are shower only, with no bathtub.
The Tatami Room
Type E and Type F rooms feature a tatami area that will make you feel the Japanese culture even in such an urban area as Ginza. For an extra fee the room can accommodate an additional guest. Up to 3 people can share a room, a great option for a group of friends.
The desk and bookshelf give the room a very homely feeling.
Western-Style Rooms to Make You Feel at Home
Type A and B rooms are western-style, double and semi-double. A lot of the items and furniture are Muji products.
The wall closet offers great storage space.
The Western-style Twin Room
The Type D room has two beds. Again, for an additional fee the sofa can host an extra person.
Of all the rooms introduced until now this is the only one that features a bathtub, which is also fairly big.
The Unique Bunk Bed Room
Among the rooms at MUJI HOTEL GINZA, the one we enjoyed the most was Type B, the bunk bed room. The space is optimized by the bunk bed and the room feels very cozy. The special feature of this room is a bookshelf showcasing works selected by Muji on the theme of “kacho fugetsu”, the traditional Japanese aesthetic of natural beauty.
A lot of thought is put into this lodging experience. Check it out, especially if you like books!
The Room with a Japanese-Style Reading Area
If your budget allows it and you want to try a different experience, the type I room is for you. There is only one room of this type, and it can be yours for 55,900 yen a night for two people (additional guests up to 4 people available for an extra fee).
The room is divided into several spaces by raised platforms, pillars and walls.
There's a beautiful space with a sofa and a low table, but the greatest feature of this room is the reading area with tatami mats. There are a number of books selected by MUJI on the shelf, and you can use this space to read or relax with your travel companions.
The spacious bathroom features a bathtub made of wood from the Hiba cypress.
Muji Products Everywhere!
Most of the things you'll find in the rooms are Muji products. Not only the beds and furniture but also the electronics and amenities.
Every room has free drinks and sweets, which you can also buy in the shop.
You can control the lights, air conditioning, curtains and alarm using a multilingual tablet. It's available in Japanese, English and Chinese.
A New Muji Experience in the Heart of Tokyo
The new MUJI HOTEL GINZA was booked into the summer before it even opened. If you want to spend a few nights here on your trip to Japan be sure to make your reservation well in advance!
InformationMUJI HOTEL GINZA
Address: 3-3-5 Ginza 6th floor, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Access: 3 min. walk from Tokyo Metro Ginza Station / 5 min. walk from JR Yurakucho Station
*This article is based on a coverage made on April 2, 2019. Please check the website for the latest information, as prices and information may change.
About the author
Miki is a freelance writer from Macau who has been living in Tokyo for 7 years. Her hobby is traveling and she enjoys sweets and Japanese music. She's always looking for unique local information to share with her readers.
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THIS ARTICLE IS BASED ON INFORMATION FROM 05 23,2019 Author：DiGJAPAN! Editorial Team
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