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Questions about Tokyo Station Hotel

I am planning my first trip to Tokyo for the first week in August. I teach history so am quite take with the renovation of this classic building. I have read many good reviews of the hotel but the website does not answer all my questions and I was wondering if people could kindly help me with a few details.

Which side are the rooms with the limited view? The Place side or the Dome side?

The Hotel details mention LCD TV but does not mention any satilite TV. Would there be any English language channels? I am travelling alone and would like at least BBC News for company!

A reviewer mentioned a bathing room in the Hotel (the staff said that it could not be called an osen as the water is artifically pumped not natural spring but the same principal. Does anyone know if this follows the same ettique as a traditional osen (seperate men and women) or is it more like a spa tub where you would wear a swimming costume.

If I take the airport express train from Narita I know it is a relatively short distance to the Hotel but wouuld it be an easy walk with rolling luagge or would there be many stairs and barriers to navigate?

Similarly I plan to buy a Suica card and use the subway a lot. Some Tokyo hotels I have considered actualy have subway stops in there basements. I imagine the station is large and busy and will aim to avoid peak times but is it quite easy to get to and from te subway - is the hotel directly connected?

Many thanks for all and any help.

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1. Re: Questions about Tokyo Station Hotel

NEX platform and Station Hotel

http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/stations/e1039.html

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2. Re: Questions about Tokyo Station Hotel

>>>Which side are the rooms with the limited view? The Place side or the Dome side?<<<

They offer different views: The palace side has outside views like buildings of Marunouchi and the Imperial Palace whereas the dome side has the view of inside of Tokyo Station. According to hotel's HP, the "Classic Rooms" has limited views.

You can surely watch BBC news.

Their spa is a separated gender with swimming suite on type.

The NEX platform is located at B5 level, so it's a bit of a walk, 5-6 minutes to the hotel lobby. There are escalators and elevators available, so no worries with your luggage.

Be sure to get the Suica/NEX combination:

www.jreast.co.jp/e/suica-nex/index.html

>>>> I imagine the station is large and busy and will aim to avoid peak times but is it quite easy to get to and from te subway - is the hotel directly connected?<<<

The hotel is within the station, but again you'll need to walk to the particular platform depending on which line you're taking. In addition to JR lines, there is Marunouchi subway line at this station that is not shown in the map Noa linked above.

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Palace side has definitely the wide open spaces to access to the station. The hotel should be in the right in the middle of the building.

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Still many people are looking up dorm side rooms, actually the top of dorm:

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You can see bird’s sculptures very closely.

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I think the above poster meant 'Dome' - Tokyo Station Hotel is a very upmarket property there are no dorms. It's a very good place to be based but yes, Tokyo station is big & busy, when navigating just follow the signs & just like the slogan says: "keep calm & carry on" because you'll get where you want to eventually.

Satellite TV is standard with a whole range of stations incl BBC World. You can watch local TV too that's part of the fun - some programs are bilingual (like NHK news & Sumo) & the remote control has the bilingual option. NHK has fantastic history programs but probably not bilingual. The hotel will usually have an option for a daily newspaper in English too.

Being in Japan you should keep abreast of the local news too as sometimes it affects you- eg. typhoons, earthquakes, the odd missile, etc. Local TV weather forecasts are usually pinpoint accurate eg. 'rain from 12 noon in Tokyo's east, clearing by 5' and it's always correct!

The Classic Rooms don't have any views & are aimed at business travellers who are too busy & aren't there for views www.tokyostationhotel.jp/rooms/index02.html

Spa: Swimsuits are not worn as it is an onsen type 'bath' not a pool & will be seperated by sex - see advice bottom of this page: thetokyostationhotel.jp/tokyo-hotel-fitness-…

scroll to the bottom for a picture of the bath http://www.tokyostationhotel.jp/fitness/ Don't miss out on any opportunity to enjoy an onsen experience (even if it is an artificial onsen) just because of shyness, just take a deep breath & go for it, you'll surprise yourself & soon find yourself converted.

Tokyo Station is a huge shopping mall - and is almost a district in itself. There are hundreds of shops within Tokyo Station City you could spend a few days just wandering around.

Nearby the Hotel's front street entrance (walk for 1 minute along the outside plaza to the Marunouchi North entrance, there you'll find the handy JR East Travel Service centre - excellent for foreign tourists: tourist info, baggage hold, money exchange, etc. inside. https:/…service_center_tokyo.html

As a history teacher, if you like books/architecture then consider crossing the street to the huge Maruzen Bookstore in the Oazo Building. It's right across the road from the Hotel & North Entrance/ Travel Service Centre ( Oazo is accessible from the underground passageway too.) It's a famous bookstore where there are multiple floors of books, including English language books, great books on architecture & photography of Tokyo's Showa era & they also have stationary items, a cafe & exhibitions.

Tokyo Metro subway station, the red Marunouchi Line is right outside too.

Edited: 1:11 am, June 22, 2013
England
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5. Re: Questions about Tokyo Station Hotel

Thank you all for replying so quickly and with such enormously helpful replies. The map was really clear and I really like the idea of looking at the inside of Tokyo Station. The bird sculptures are lovely.

Also, Elly M I am very keen to try a traditional osen bath as I have tried hot springs in Canada and Bath and really enjoyed the experience. But I am a little nervous about doing the wrong thing, although I am aware you need to wash before you soak not sure if there is other ettiquette. Could you suggest anywhere that would be accustomed to dealing with clueless novicies! I looked at Oedo Osen Monogatari as that seems to be aimed at tourists but can't quite work out how the bath part works with the theme part!

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There are so many onsen hotsprings in Japan, I would choose an area in the countryside - most onsens nowadays, now post multilingual guides for foreign tourists on onsen etiquette - just remember to wash beforehand & don't put your small towel in the water.

Other than walking into the wrong section, you can't go wrong. So remember the symbol 女 'ladies cross their legs" the character for woman and 男 for men, the signs will usually be on noren curtains posted at the entrance. jnto.go.jp/eng/…method.html

I) Remove your shoes, enter the change room, take your clothes off, put them in the basket provided.

2) Take your small handtowel/ washcloth - attempt to modestly cover your bits while you walk to the low shower stall area, sit on a stool, wash yourself, rinse off using the bowl provided.

3) Walk to the bath (use your washcloth for modesty purposes again) if it's in a seperate room, ensure you close any doors behind you. You can either use a wooden bucket provided to pour some hot bath water over your body or just step straight into the scalding hot water. Put your washcloth either folded up on your head or on the side of the bath (don't dip it into the water) It's perfectly OK to greet others & chat. They won't think you're weird, it's normal to socialise. Or you can just stay quiet.

4) You can get in & out to cool down. Because your blood pressure rises in hot water, it's not reccommended to soak for more than 10 mins at a time.

5) don't drip water all over the dry area - where your basket is - stand on the bath mat first.

6) put your used towels in the dirty laundry basket provided

7) Drink plenty of water afterwards.

more useful info http://www.onsenjapan.net/onsenbasics.php

Oedo Onsen Monogatari is fun but nothing like a nice onsen in the countryside ( it's in an industrial area on reclaimed land in Tokyo Bay!) Bathing is a social activity in Japan & hotspring towns had a festive feel to them, so they are trying to recreate that with an old Tokyo (Edo) retro feel

I was a bit confused about how it all worked when I went so this may be handy:

At the entrance take off your shoes put them in a locker. Go to the counter where they give you a key & wristband. Next move to the Yukata (cotton kimono) counter where you choose a yukata & sash in your favourite colours - they have big (ookii) sizes too.

Next, go to the change rooms & find your locker (your key is numbered - I didn't realise this & wandered about for few minutes.) Change into your Yukata (you can wear underwear) & you can lock up your valuables.

Next go to the public area dressed in your snazzy Yukata. You have now been transported to a village festival in Edo times. It's kitschy but fun. There are all kinds of snacks, food & drink, including beer, souvenirs, complimentary tea & water in machines. The meals there aren't great. There are traditional games for kids. There are extras like body massage & treatment scrubs for adults. You don't need money inside as everything is charged to your wrist band & you pay at the end.

There are a number of bathing areas segregated by gender with indoor & outdoor baths. Look for the (Here you pick up towels & washcloths, there are more lockers for your Yukata & big towel, they also have complimentary bathcaps, combs, moisturisers.)

There is nice mixed gender area outdoors - footbaths only. When you've had enough & feel relaxed , exit through the original change room - here there are hairdryers, soap, etc. if you need it. It is actually how surprisingly relaxing you feel. We spent a morning there - it wasn't crowded at all - it started to get busier as we were leaving.

Edited: 6:21 am, June 22, 2013
England
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7. Re: Questions about Tokyo Station Hotel

Dear Elly M

Thank you so much for your comprehensive reply. I think perhaps I will start with Oedo Onsen Monogatari and then try a country one when I feel a litle more confident. Really appreciate you taking the time to detail all the steps - I can see it would be quite complicated if you don't know what's going on.

I am delighted to say I have now booked the Tokyo Station Hotel so am excited about planning the rest of my trip so thank you for being so encouraging.

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