Eleven minutes from Shibuya by train, the Futakotamagawa Excel Hotel Tokyu is a new oasis in the blossoming Futakotamagawa district. Enjoy captivating views of landscapes surrounding Mt. Fuji and the Tama River.
Twin room has so relaxing atmosphere that you can spend satisfying time.
Double room with wide bed offers you comfortable stay.
Japanese green tea and coffee set, slippers, bath towels, face towels, body wash, facial soap & hand soap, shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush set, razor, body towel, shower cap, hairbrush,cotton balls, nightwear (pj top), room deodorizer, cotton swabs
Restaurants and Bars
The 30th Restaurant
This restaurant offers you authentic French course dishes with luxurious atmosphere.
The 30th Dining bar
Please enjoy well-prepared dishes using selected ingredients with splendid view.
Well-prepared dishes for breakafast
Please enjoy a variety of dishes for buffet breakfast with magnificent view from 30th floor.
Buffet breakfast (J/W)
Junior meal JPY1,354
Up to 5 years old complimentary
Cycling the Tamagawa
River of respite from the Tokyo crowds
Tranquility can be a hard thing to come by in and around the urban sprawl of Tokyo. Finding respite from the crowds of people is no mean feat in a city whose inhabitants are constantly on the move. The banks of the lazy Tamagawa (Tama River) offer just such an opportunity, and with easy-to-cycle paths the area offers a perfect short getaway for those on two wheels and pedestrians alike.
The Tamagawa, located in the west of Tokyo, is some 85 miles (135 kilometres) long. From Lake Okutama in Saitama it takes the name Tama and flows eastward through the Chichibu Tama Kai National Park—an area of stunning but very challenging hiking routes—and on to Ome and Tokyo before emptying out into the sea.
I generally turn onto the river from the Nakahara Kaido, around Tamagawa Station on the Toyoko line, and then decide which way to go: up to Haneda or down to the fashionable Futakotamagawa district and beyond.
The journey to Haneda took me about two leisurely hours. On the way there are some beautiful views of the river as it curves around; wide open spaces, perfect to sharpen football skills or just relax and have a picnic; golf driving ranges; and a couple of spots where enthusiasts can wade down into the river and look for shells. Finally, coming out of the distance was the airport–the peace and quiet was no more.
Going the other way is also a lovely journey. I cycled up past Futakotamagawa, a very popular destination with its chic shops and restaurants. The path stretches far off into the distance, and cyclists will have to decide how far they want to go.
I enjoy cycling down the little paths which meander along right next to the river. They take longer to get down than the gravel or tarmac paths, but that is, of course, half the joy. Bouncing slowly along gives one more of a chance to take in the life of the river.
It’s worth bearing in mind, though, that facilities by the river are sparse. There are plenty of sports areas and picnic places, but nothing by way of shops or vending machines, so it's a good idea to take some food. Coming into Futakotamagawa, however, there are a couple of good restaurants and cafes, which make for a great place to rest tired legs before heading further up the river.
about 5 minutes by walk from Futakotamagawa Excel Hotel Tokyu
Gotokuji Amidst the Rain
An afternoon in the Gotokuji Temple
Stuck inside for days because of rain is no way to spend time enjoying anything, especially while in Japan. In an attempt to make something of my days off from work, I planned a trip out to Gotokuji Temple and made it Monday's objective. Umbrella in hand, I took the two trains out to Gotokuji and sleepily enjoyed the quiet ride in transit to Setagaya.
Upon arrival at Gotokuji station, the famous white lucky cat statue siginifies you are in the right place. I found my way to the temple easily and found it in every way as beautiful and calming as I could have imagined.
The temple itself is beautiful, but the atmosphere on this particular Monday after the rains had soaked in, made everything so much more peaceful: I felt subdued by my surroundings. An old man approached me, led me to the incense and lit it for me. After offering me the incense, he then showed where to put it, how to pray, and led me to the bell to ring. The rich green grasses, trees, bushes and moss were seemingly heavy with water, lending themselves to a deeper emerald. The quiet of the world was born from the rains. I said my prayers, bowed graciously, and swung the bell.
Next, he showed me the ema boards, where you write your wish on one side and leave it hanging in hopes of it coming true. I wrote a wish for my nieces and hung it amidst the wooden dreams of others.
And the cats...Of course the allure of the cats attracted me to Gotokuji from the beginning. The statues of white cats lined the temple, staring out at every tourist, visitor, and local, although today, it was just me and a few others. The old man took my camera, motioned for me to kneel and pose like the cat, with my right hand up, paw curled. Sheepishly, I posed. How much more tourist can I look?
It was worth it though. Walking back down the small, residential streets towards the station, I felt new again. And it didn't even rain.
about 30 minutes by car from Futakotamagawa Excel Hotel Tokyu
Map & Directions
Futakotamagawa rise 30F, 1-14-1, Tamagawa, Setagaya-Ku, Tokyo 158-0094
5 minutes on foot from Futakotamagawa Station (Lines: Tokyu Denentoshi)
11 minutes from Shibuya Station on the Tokyu Denentoshi line
120～160 minutes by airport bus from Narita Airport
70～90 minutes by airport bus from Haneda Airport