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Celebrate Camellias Through All Senses! Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo Events

In Japan, the change of seasons is a reason for celebration. Going to a park to view the flowers in bloom or other seasonal highlights are widely loved activities that can be enjoyed with friends and family. Going to see Cherry blossom at the beginning of April or in November when the leaves of the trees turn ablaze are well known examples. These seasonal highlights are often celebrated through festivals, nighttime light-ups that enhance their beauty and create surreal scenery, as well as cuisine decorated with seasonal flower motifs. Irises, azaleas or hydrangeas are other well-known examples of flowers celebrated through festivals. 

The garden of Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo is a prime place to view camellias. Also known as “winter roses,” these graceful blooms bring a touch of color to the dry midwinter scenery. Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo stands on Tsubakiyama, the “Camellia Mountain,” a historical location for camellia viewing. There are currently 2,300 camellia trees of more than one hundred varieties in Chinzanso Garden. In preparation for their 70th anniversary in 2022, the hotel plans to further increase the number of camellia trees and turn Chinzanso Garden into the ultimate camellia viewing spot in Tokyo. 


For five weeks, from February 8 until March 14, 2021,  Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo celebrates camellia season through a series of events that let visitors enjoy the charm of these blooms. A large-scale art installation that turns Chinzanso Garden into a camellia-themed picture scroll, seasonal menus inspired by and decorated with camellias at the restaurants within the hotel, a luxurious spa treatment using camellia oil, as well as special accommodation plans that allow guests to enjoy camellias to the fullest. These are just some of the reasons to visit Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo this winter.


Walk through a Camellia Picture Scroll! Tokyo Tsubaki Installation Art

The hilltop of Chinzanso Garden is the setting of a stunning art installation. A carpet of flowers cover the ground at the foot of the great mountain of camellia trees. 

One of the features that makes camellias so loved in Japan is that their petals don’t scatter. Camellia blooms fall on the ground in one piece when they wither. They have been thus associated with cleanliness and purity. The carpet of camellias in Chinzanso Garden showcases the beauty of fallen camellias. With the camellia trees in bloom in the background, this installation makes the garden look like an enchanting picture scroll.

The installation can be viewed from 8:00 in the morning until 23:00 and will be lit-up after sunset, ideal for spectacular photographs. (*Please be aware that, in order to view the installation, garden visitors have to climb the hill on a rocky path with about 150 steps.)

The art installation looks all the more fantastic when the sea of clouds is released! This is the first chance to enjoy the charm of the camellias enshrouded by the mesmerizing sea of clouds, a feature added to the garden in October 2020.

The Tokyo Tsubaki Installation Art in Chinzanso Garden can be viewed for free by hotel guests and restaurant patrons.


A True Camellia Festival! Special Restaurant Menus

Each of the major restaurants within Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo offers special menus created to celebrate the season when the splendid camellias are in bloom.


From a unique camellia oil fondue dish offered at Mokushundo, to exquisite kaiseki cuisine that reflect the flavors and colors of the season available at Ryotei Kinsui or the Japanese restaurant Miyuki, and even Western-style dishes that incorporate camellia motifs offered at Il Teatro or The Bistro. The cuisine offered at Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo during this season is the perfect reason for you to visit its restaurants and unwind while viewing the garden and its highlights.


Chinzanso Garden is illuminated in the evening and the sea of clouds is also shown several times creating a dreamlike scenery! Dinnertime at Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo is a wonderful choice for a night out in the city with friends or your significant other.


Sweets Inspired by the Sea of Clouds and Camellias

The souvenir shop at Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo offers limited-edition confectionery inspired by the sea of clouds and the camellias in bloom. The Meringue Chantilly Camellia sweets evoke the sea of clouds through their delicate texture and appearance. The lovely blooms adorning them are made of wafers. 

This delicious confectionery can be ordered from January 8 until March 7 for 650 yen a piece at the hotel souvenir shop.

A Rejuvenating Treatment with Camellia Oil at YU, THE SPA

Camellia oil, especially oil obtained from the seeds of wild camellias and refined without the use of heat, is known for its moisturizing effects. YU, THE SPA, the excellent spa facility of Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo, offers a limited-edition body and facial treatment with camellia oil from January 4 until March 7, 2021. This 90-minute treatment includes an aging care facial massage and is ideal for hydrating the skin during the dry winter months. 

For more details on the premium treatments, hot springs, and other services available at YU, THE SPA, please refer to this article.


Gorgeous Camellias and the Sea of Clouds! Staying at Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo 

Your visit to Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo during the camellia season will become an unforgettable memory if you stay overnight


In addition to viewing the camellias in full bloom and the hilltop art installation, you’ll be able to relish the sea of clouds, as well as the dreamlike garden lit-up at night. Staying for at least one night is a great chance to enjoy the time-limited camellia-inspired menus available at the restaurants at leisure. To book a room, please check the official accommodation page of Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo, as well as the special offers.


Enjoy the Camellias at Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo


The camellias in Chinzanso Garden look their most beautiful in February. Do come to enjoy the splendid blooms of more than 2300 trees in the garden, along with an impressive art installation that celebrates their beauty, the sea of clouds, and the special menus offered by the hotel restaurants only at this time of the year. You will find that the dry winter landscape of Tokyo is enriched with a new appeal that fills us with wonder and gratitude toward the beauty of nature.


Updated on February 15, 2021