In Tokyo, traditional collides with pop culture, with the chance to do everything from belting out songs at karaoke bars to reverently wandering through ancient temples. There are more Michelin-starred restaurants in this city than there are in Paris, and you’ll find a wealth of hotels to choose from that are sure to provide the ideal spot to base your stay, including these.
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Mandarin Oriental Tokyo looms above the historical merchant district of Nihonbashi, providing unsurpassed city views along with a sophisticated, modern oasis of calm. A stay here is impressive from the start, though the spectacular lobby on the 38th floor is sure to take your breath away. From here, you can see what feels like the entire city of Tokyo, with its sweeping vistas. Along with extraordinary service, this property offers public areas that complement its understated rooms, each with the latest and greatest tech amenities, including huge TV screens. Guests can also look forward to indulging in treatments at the award-winning onsite spa with a steam room, pools, sauna and unique rituals like Japanese kiatsu, a technique that involves acupressure and energy work, performed in rooms that offer more incredible vistas, as well as dining at exceptional restaurants, including the French-inspired Signature and Sense and the intimate Tapas Molecular Bar.
The Keio Plaza Hotel celebrates one of Japan’s most iconic and beloved cartoon characters, Hello Kitty. The massive hotel is sprawled out into two high-rise towers in the Shinjuku district and includes eight Hello Kitty rooms. Four were designed for kids, while the others are meant for adult fans of the fictional cat. While they’re definitely way over the top, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more quintessential Japanese pop culture experience. Kitty paraphernalia is everywhere, from the wallpaper and hair dryers to garbage cans and bathroom scales. There is even Hello Kitty toiletries, stationery, water bottles and dolls.
The Palace Hotel sits right in the heart of Tokyo, but thanks to its impressive setting that overlooks the Imperial Palace moat, surrounded by lush grounds, it has a much more spacious feel. Especially popular with weary business travelers, the property offers a full-immersion experience curated by a personal guide who combines lessons in private etiquette with cultural practices for business and leisure guests. All appreciate the opportunity to get an especially good night’s rest with 300-thread count, sumptuous linens, and by choosing a south-facing room, you’ll also be overlooking the Imperial gardens, as well as Tokyo Tower and the futuristic-looking skyscrapers beyond.
One of the top luxury hotels in all of Japan, the Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills is a 52-story skyscraper that offers a fabulous retreat high above the chaos of the city below. The property reflects Tokyo’s contemporary urban culture, using an abundance of natural materials, while its rooftop bar with indoor and outdoor seating features exceptionally stunning views. As rooms are located on the top floor, each one offers jaw-dropping views, as does the majority of the restaurants, the spa and gym. On a clear day, you can even see the silhouette of Mount Fuji.
This luxury boutique-style hotel not only offers reasonable rates, but picturesque views along the waterfront, and it’s just a short walk from Tachikawa Station. The rooms are extra spacious – and, if you book a superior room you’ll even enjoy a spectacular view of Mount Fuji. The property also hosts a fine dining restaurant, Shatou, as well as a fitness center, business center and meeting rooms.
Park Hotel has over 400 rooms, with 31 of them blending traditional Japanese aesthetics and Japanese hospitality, featuring true works of art by local artists for an especially unique experience. Themes include zodiac, dragons, poetry, Zen, bamboo and the like, with each one meant to encapsulate the artist’s passion and view of the world. The walls of the Sumo Artist Room are covered with sprawling paintings of sumo wrestlers, and there is even a fact sheet that provides information about the sport, such as the wrestlers’ calorie-heavy diet and their mawashi belts. As the hotel occupies the top ten floors of a skyscraper, some of the rooms also offer magnificent views of Tokyo Bay and Mount Fuji in the distance.
When it comes to comfort and sheer size, it’s hard to beat the Peninsula, with rooms that start at 579-square-feet. All come with huge walk-in closets and bathrooms with electronic toilets and the works. With its basement-level concourse connecting to four subway lines, it’s not only easy to get to, it’s easy to get out and explore the city. Epic in size as it is opulent, it houses five restaurants, two ballrooms, a wedding chapel and more than 300 spacious guest rooms. The service is just as extraordinary – you can be picked up at the airport by one of the property’s customized Rolls Royces for an especially welcoming start to your visit.
The Grand Hyatt Tokyo is located in Roppongi Hills, a bustling entertainment district home to some 200 restaurants and boutiques, a highly-rated art museum, a cinema and more. The hotel itself features three bars and seven restaurants, an indoor swimming pool, massive spa and a beauty salon. Each room is incredibly spacious and includes deep ofuro-style tubs in over-sized bathrooms that take up a quarter of the room space, as well as laptop safes with integrated chargers.
The Shangri La Hotel boasts an enviable location adjacent to Tokyo Station, making it the place to book if you want to enjoy easy access to Narita airport and the rest of Japan. But it offers more than just location, with some of the largest rooms in the city, as well as a health club and spa with an indoor pool. guests can also take advantage of the complimentary meet-and-greet escort service from Tokyo Station to the hotel lobby.