How Tatsuro Sasaki evokes Japanese history in design of OMO5 Tokyo Otsuka

OMO, one of four brands under Hoshino Resorts, launched its second property, OMO5 Tokyo Otsuka. The design was led by Tatsuro Sasaki of Tatsuro Sasaki Architects, who aimed to reinterpret the history and traditions of Japan through a modern lens.

The lobby, called the OMO Base, has a laidback common area, while the casual OMO Café complements the neighborhood.

In total, the property has 125 guestrooms, all of them crafted in the style of yagura, a type of traditional Japanese wooden tower defined by high ceilings and a large window. Installed upon traditional tatami mat floors are small Japanese cypress staircases that lead to loft-style bedrooms. Shelving is built into walls and stairs for a playful, hideout-like feel. A sofa space is included in each room, along with a bathroom with Japanese-style soaking tubs. Rooms measure from 19 square meters (205 square feet).

OMO5 Tokyo Otsuka is located near the Shinjuku to Otsuka station by Yamanote Line.

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