Staff judiciously provide everything you need to never leave the warm Showa-style kotatsu paradise.
Many hotels in Japan offer Western and Japanese style rooms. The former tend to have soft furnishings, like sofas and beds with plush mattresses, while the appeal of the latter is their classic aesthetic and cultural connection to the traditional Japanese way of life.
But although there is an understated elegance to Japanese-style hotel rooms, they can sometimes feel spartan and austere. Fortunately, the Oriental Hotel Tokyo Bay offers a room that is not only quintessentially Japanese in appearance, but also incredibly comfortable..
Called the Showa Retro 2.0 room, it takes its name from Showa period of Japanese history. The era lasted from 1926 to 1989, but for most people the word “Showa” tends to be most evocative of the period between. late 1950s and early 1980s, as Japan moved away from the feudal and / or militaristic society that it had been for centuries and the rapidly growing middle class enjoyed peace and prosperity.
The nostalgic design of the room includes old-fashioned signage reminiscent of a Showa-era storefront, and in the middle of the room, placed on a section of reed tatami mat and accompanied by a few pouf-style cushions, is a kotatsu. While these covered tables with a heater on their underside haven’t completely disappeared from Japanese homes, they are less common than they used to be. in Showa days, when less advanced home heating systems meant kotatsu was the most reliable and warmest place in the house.
As a matter of fact, kotatsu comfort is so high that once you have your legs tucked under the duvet, it’s notoriously difficult to force yourself out. These extended kotatsu sessions are also a great opportunity for communication with friends and family members, and the warm feelings associated with kotatsu do not just come from the heat, but from the fun and leisurely conversations that take place.
Since it is foolish to think that you will only be in the kotatsu for a few minutes, proper preparation of snacks and entertainment is paramount.. To this end, the Showa Retro 2.0 includes a range of free snacks and drinks. For drinks you have canned green tea and sodas, and on the food side you get mikan (mandarins, particularly delicious in winter), an assortment of dagashi sweet and savory snacks (many of which first went on sale during the Showa period), and ice cream, because enjoying frozen desserts while keeping the body warm is a particular decadence.
Obviously, ice cream should be kept in the in-room mini-freezer until you’re ready to eat it, but the Oriental Hotel Tokyo Bay has given it some thought. positions the freezer so that it’s within easy reach of the kotatsu and you don’t have to get out all the way to grab your treat.
Speaking of which, among the room amenities is a “Magic hand”, one of those claw-on gadgets, to extend your grip in case you’ve left something close at hand, like your phone, TV remote, or card games and any retro “video game” in which the room is furnished.
Although the name of the hotel is the Oriental Hotel Tokyo Bay, it is actually in the city of Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture. Downtown Tokyo, however, is only 20 minutes by subway and very close to Tokyo Disneyland, making it a viable option for anyone planning to visit the theme park (although you might be surprised at what changed there).
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