100 Steps to the Hyakudan Kaidan’s Summer Art Exhibition

Illuminations in Tokyo usually signify the start of the Japanese winter. However, it’s in the sweltering summers that the annual Wa no Akari x Hyakudan Kaidan exhibition lights up the seven display rooms of Hotel Gajoen Tokyo, in par with the country’s vibrant festival season. Running from 7 July to 2 September 2018, the hotel exhibits modern interpretations of traditional Japanese scenes following the theme of light, made all the more spectacular by the hotel’s ornate display rooms that the artworks are housed in.

  • 100 Steps to the Hyakudan Kaidan’s Summer Art Exhibition

    100 Steps to the Hyakudan Kaidan’s Summer Art Exhibition

    100 Steps to the Hyakudan Kaidan’s Summer Art Exhibition

    100 Steps to the Hyakudan Kaidan’s Summer Art Exhibition

    In 2015, the hotel’s celebrated Hyakudan Kaidan (100 Step Staircase) became home to the Wa no Akari exhibition providing visitors with a unique experience that combines Japanese art with a climb up Hotel Gajoen’s 100-step staircase. Built in 1935, the old wooden staircase is the only part of the hotel that has been preserved over the decades. The Hyakudan Kaidan, which grants exhibition-goers access to the seven exhibition rooms, may look like any old flight of stairs but is viewed as one of the most important parts of Hotel Gajoen and reflects Japanese suspicions about the good luck of odd numbers with its 99 steps said to offer hope for the future.

    100 Steps to the Hyakudan Kaidan’s Summer Art Exhibition

    100 Steps to the Hyakudan Kaidan’s Summer Art Exhibition

    100 Steps to the Hyakudan Kaidan’s Summer Art Exhibition

    100 Steps to the Hyakudan Kaidan’s Summer Art Exhibition

    The exhibition has grown in size year upon year with the 2018 displaying roughly 1,000 artworks from 63 different organisations across the seven rooms. Combining traditional Japanese art and customs with modern design and technology, you can expect to find everything from small, intricately designed lanterns and extravagant scenes depicting famous Japanese matsuri such as the Aomori Nebuta.

    100 Steps to the Hyakudan Kaidan’s Summer Art Exhibition

    100 Steps to the Hyakudan Kaidan’s Summer Art Exhibition

    The months of July through September are the only time of year that the Hyakudan Kaidan is open to the public from 10 am to 5 pm Monday to Thursday, and 10 am to 8 pm Friday to Sunday. Grab an advance ticket online or over the phone for 1,200 yen or pay 1,500 yen at the door. An extra 500 yen will get you an English audio guide for a further look into the story behind each artwork.

    100 Steps to the Hyakudan Kaidan’s Summer Art Exhibition

    100 Steps to the Hyakudan Kaidan’s Summer Art Exhibition

    2018 marks the 90th anniversary of Hotel Gajoen Tokyo, which is an artwork in itself. Originally opened as a restaurant in 1928, Gajoen eventually became a hotel whose undeniable grandeur can be felt throughout its many sophisticated rooms decked out with wooden carvings and complete with intricate paintings on its high ceilings, which can also be seen around the exhibition space. Opt for a night in one of the hotel’s luxurious rooms which start at 66,000 yen for the chance to explore the hotel’s restaurant, bar, and shopping area before heading into the garden to see the waterfall.

    Hotel Gajoen Tokyo
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    4.5

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    1-8-1, Shimomeguro, Meguro-ku Tokyo
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    0354343837

    2020/08/20Check-in (2 persons per room)※Nightly fee per person Update date:2020/08/06

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