Jul 5
Sep 23

Japanese Lights and 100-Step Staircase Exhibition

11:00am – 6:00pm
¥1,600 (advance sales)

Enter a world of illumination and explore a unique take on Japan’s culture and artistry at the Japanese Lights and 100-Step Staircase (Wa no Akari × Hyakudan Kaidan) exhibition.

What happens?

The exhibition takes place at the Hotel Gajoen in Meguro (Gajoen No. 3 building), which features the hyakudan kaidan, or 100-step staircase. The staircase (which actually has 99 steps) was constructed in 1935 and has been designated a Tangible Cultural Property by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.

As you climb the stairs weaving through the hotel, you’ll see everything from glassware to woven fabric. This year’s theme is “Enchanting Fairy Tales” — meaning the crafts will take you through some of Japan’s most loved stories. Will you be taken in by the wood carvings of “The Bamboo Cutter”? Or the silk kimono of “The Heavenly Maiden’s Feather Robe”?


Tickets need to be booked in advance on the hotel website. General entry is ¥1,600, with students paying ¥1,000 and children ¥800.

Organizers may cancel events, alter schedules, or change admission requirements without notice. Always check official sites before heading to an event.

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