Japanese Illumination Art Festival at Hotel Gajoen Tokyo 2019
WANO AKARI × HYAKUDAN KAIDAN Illumination Festival 2019
WANO AKARI X HYAKUDAN KAIDAN Illumination Festival 2019 (和のあかり×百段階段2019) or Japanese Harmony of Light and Color Festival is one of the most popular summer events in Tokyo since 2015. The event features over 1,000 works of traditional and regional Japanese arts and crafts with illuminations. The event will be held through summer from 6 July to 1 September 2019.
WANO AKARI X HYAKUDAN KAIDAN Illumination Festival 2019 is held at Hotel Gajoen Tokyo (ホテル雅叙園東京) which is one of the most renowned long-established hotels in Tokyo, providing luxurious guest rooms, top quality hospitality, gorgeous and historical structures, and the Japanese garden with waterfalls. The hotel is located in Meguro area (less than 5 mins walk from Meguro Station) which is an amazing location to access many Tokyo’s landmarks and tourist areas such as Shibuya, Harajuku, Shinjuku and more. Hotel Gajoen Tokyo is also a popular venue for wedding ceremony, and offering amazing photo shooting session for both Japanese and Western style.
I have visited WANO AKARI X HYAKUDAN KAIDAN Illumination Festival last year, and here is my brief review of the event!
The entrance of the event was right in front of the main entrance of the hotel on 1st floor. There was a ticket vending machine that you can purchase the tickets on the same day. After purchasing the tickets, check in at the counter and take the lift to the 3rd floor which was the venue for the event.
WANO AKARI X HYAKUDAN KAIDAN Illumination Festival takes place at “Hyakudan Kaidan” area of Gajoen Hotel on 3F, the 80-year old wooden building that has been registered to a Tangible Cultural Property of Tokyo. The beautiful stare paths and inside the small rooms features Japanese-Western fusion style architecture with gorgeous and artistic interior. It’s also known as one of the places which inspired the creation of Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away .
Hyakudan Kaidan consists of 99 steps staircase with the ceiling with beautiful paint, and 7 Japanese style rooms. Each room displayed illumination artwork with different concepts featuring traditional Japanese themes and the latest technology and designs. One of the highlights of the event was the spectacular massive warrior floats of the famous Nabuta Festival from Aomori Prefecture.
Over 1,000 art and craft works by 63 artists are displayed at the event including numbers of colourful and instagram worthy photo spots. Photography is totally allowed at the event so make sure to take a lot of photos and post on social medias, too! There was also an official store where you can buy some of products from exhibits as well as traditional Japanese themed souvenirs.
Here are some of most notable artworks at WANO AKARI X HYAKUDAN KAIDAN Illumination Festival.
Enjoy the cool and artistic collaboration of lights and Japanese art with a sprinkle of the modern technology! WANO AKARI X HYAKUDAN KAIDAN Illumination Festival / Japanese Harmony of Light and Color Festival is held till 1 September 2019. Don’t miss a chance to see the most spectacular summer illumination this year!
WANO AKARI X HYAKUDAN KAIDAN Illumination Festival / Japanese Harmony of Light and Color Festival
Access: 3 mins walk from JR Meguro Station
Date: 6 July to 1 September 2019
Mon to Thu 10:00 ~17:00 (last entrance 16:30)
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, days prior to a public holiday and Obon holiday (11 to 18 Aug 10:00 ~ 20:00 (last entrance 19:30)
Fee: 1,600 yen (tickets can be purchased at the entrance of the venue)
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