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April 7 - 20, 2024

The Celebrate Japanese Textile retreat lodging locations are quite special!

We planned this exciting trip in April as it is the height of Cherry blossom time. While in Tokyo, we will stay at Hotel New Otani Tokyo, which has a spectacular garden! While in Kyoto, we will stay at the beautiful Hotel Nikko Princess - Kyoto and the ANA Crowne Plaza in Niigata.

Hotel New Otani Toyko

The hotel is a towering tribute to the early modernist architecture that swept across Japan before Tokyo hosted the Olympics in 1964. Although located in the heart of the city, the New Otani feels more like a resort, with a massive acreage, rambling gardens, spa, pools and a bevy of dining options—it’s like a docked cruise ship. 

The history of Hotel New Otani began in 1962, when the Japanese government faced the daunting challenge of completing a massive construction effort to host an estimated 30,000 international visitors for the Tokyo Olympic Games in just two years. Yonetaro Otani, Hotel New Otani founder, agreed to build the finest hotel in the Orient on land he owned in Kioicho near the Imperial Palace.

All photos are from New Otani Hotel Toyko

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With a history of more than 400 years, the garden had in the past been the property of various known samurai lords. The 10-acre-ground features several ancient stone lanterns, scarlet bridges over koi ponds, a stone garden, waterfall, as well as a myriad of flowers and rich foliage that bloom or change colors from season to season. While nestled in the heart of busy Tokyo, the quiet and peaceful ambience that enfolds the expanse provides a moment of repose to hotel guests.

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There are 37 restaurants and bars at New Otani Hotel! Plus a Japanese garden, rose garden, tea house, outdoor swimming pool, business center, meeting rooms, shopping arcade with various stores, spa salon, barbershop, hair salon, photo studio, nursery, dentist, clinic, post office, cash dispenser, flower shop, travel agency, laundry service, shoe shine service and a garden chapel. Oh, and guest rooms too! 

Hotel New Otani has been widely acclaimed for the quality of its services and business operations, earning it the honor of being selected as the primary venue for all of the three previous Tokyo summit meetings. Heads of state and other VIPs from Japan and abroad frequently stay here, confident in the hotel’s enduring reputation as a premier international hotel.

From the fan motif in the carpeting and walls in the banquet room to images of cranes in the entrance lobby, the hotel’s traditional Japanese décor expresses Otani’s desire to create a timeless ambience. 

ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel

The ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel Niigata is conveniently located in the Bandai district of Niigata, a port town where Japan's largest river, the Shinano River, flows into the Sea of ​​Japan. There are guest rooms that create a relaxing and functional space, restaurants that serve seasonal ingredients and rich tastes, a sky bar on the top floor that overlook the city of Niigata.

Hotel Nikko Princess Kyoto

Located in Central Kyoto, Hotel Nikko Princess is a perfect starting point for exploring Kyoto. The hotel offers a high standard of service and amenities to suit the individual needs of all travelers. Hotel Nikko Princess Kyoto combines warm hospitality with a lovely ambiance to make your stay in Kyoto unforgettable.

All photos are from Hotel Nikko Princess Kyoto

A formal cafe serves freshly baked bread and cakes. Plus, there are four restaurants offering Chinese and Japanese food, along with a glowing bar. 

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All photos are from Odakyu Hotel Century Southern Tower

The last night we will stay at the Odakyu Hotel Century Southern Tower.

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Sew & Sew Retreats brings together people with a similar interest and then offers the opportunity to spend memorable moments creating, learning, exploring, relaxing and laughing with like-minded people. I hope you will join us!

 

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