Take a Korean Vacation in Japan with Tokyu Hotels and New Shibuya 109 Theme Hotel Plan

K-pop fans will love this budget staycation!

Since traveling abroad is a bit tough these days, you might be feeling the bite of the travel bug. But don’t worry, fashion department store Shibuya 109 and budget hotel chain Tokyu Hotels are teaming up to offer a trip to Korea… without even leaving the country!

Until May 31, you can take advantage of the Plan “Tokansu” to Kawasaki King Skyfront Tokyu REI Hotel in the Kanto and the Hotel Shin-Osaka Esaka Tokyu REI in Kansai. This plan, whose name comes from the combination of the words tokan gokkowhich means “pretend to go on a trip to Korea by staying in a hotel and doing Korean-themed things”, and “vacance”, which means “holiday” in French, allows you to experience all Korean for reasonably priced, and without having to travel too far from home.

Shibuya 109, which lately specializes in Korean fashion and cuisine, has designed rooms for Tokyu REI hotels, which often offer themed rooms, with a korean style interior. Inside you will find the popular Korean board game Halli Gallias well as cute korean inspired pajamas, which you are allowed to take home! The TV even comes with a mirroring cable to connect to your phone, so you can put your favorite K-pop idol’s videos on the screen.

The plan comes with a korean food takeout box for dinner, which you can eat in your room. At Hotel Kawasaki, it comes with chicken yangnyeom (Korean-style sweet and spicy chicken), bulgogi kimchi, namul and cucumber kimchi, jumeokbap (Korean-style rice balls), and the popular Korean waffle for dessert.

The Osaka hotel’s dinner box includes a variety of kimchi, jijimi (Korean savory pancakes), samgyeopsal (grilled pork belly), gimbap (seaweed rice rolls), shisha lettuce and, for dessert, a strawberry parfait. You will really feel like you have crossed the sea to get to Korea!

Maybe you’re already ready to book your stay, but there’s even more. These two hotels in Tokyu also offer an on-site Korean-style convenience store and a korean uniform rental store. The convenience store sells instant ramen like ramden (also known as jjapaduri), the dish popularized by the Oscar-winning Korean film Parasiteand beloved drinks like Bon Bon.

The uniform rental store is sponsored by the very first Korean uniform rental store in Japan, CHOA, which has selected a variety of outfits that you can rent for free during your overnight stay. K-pop fans might die a bit for this opportunity, since you can wear outfits similar to those worn by K-pop idols, like the mustard yellow school uniform. You are even allowed to go out wearing them!

There is also a bright pink photo booth made to look like a doll box, where you can pretend to be K-pop idols yourself! Perfect for your Instagram account, where fashion and matching “pair looks” are paramount.

The cost of all this Korean-inspired fun is between 8,500 yen and 9,500 yen per person per night (US$74.01 to US$82.72), with up to two people allowed to stay in one. room. Both hotels also have reasonable breakfasts, so it’s a good price for a stay. If you’re a K-pop fan in need of a vacation, why not check it out? You can find full details and book online on the Tokyu Hotels website.

Source, images: PR Times
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