Japan is renowned for exceptional service and hospitality, with a deeply rooted “omotenashi” culture that sees customers treated with the utmost respect permeating all aspects of life.
However, Tokyo’s top luxury hotels – exquisite, upscale addresses dotted around famous neighborhoods such as Shinjuku, Akasaka, and Ginza – really take it to the next level.
From an upscale, modern take on a traditional guesthouse to an iconic hotel and bar immortalized in the classic ‘Lost in Translation’ directed by Sofia Coppola, these are the best luxury hotels Tokyo has to offer. .
1. The Tokyo Peninsula
From the moment you stop at the Peninsula Tokyo, it’s clear you’re not at an ordinary hotel. A fleet of signature Brewster Green Rolls Royces shine down the driveway; porters dressed in white greet you at the door and offer to help you with your luggage.
Located on the edge of the upscale Ginza shopping district, Tokyo’s five-star hotel is one of the most awarded in the city and also has some of the largest rooms. The Deluxe is breathtaking, while the vast but beautiful Hibiya and Peninsula Suites could almost need walkie-talkies to help you communicate with your partner.
The culinary offerings are also worth savoring, with 40-day strip loin and Hokkaido scallops, signature dishes at “Peter” steak and grill restaurant, while “Hei Fung Terrace” serves modern Cantonese cuisine overlooking the gardens of the Imperial Palace.
2. The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo
You’ll feel like you’re visiting royalty at the Ritz-Carlton Tokyo. Rising above the museums, restaurants and shops of Tokyo Midtown, with stunning views of Mount Fuji, this is a five-star hotel with a well-deserved reputation.
Within its sophisticated grounds are seven restaurants and bars, including Azure 45 French and The Bar, which offers a shareable menu and specialty cocktails like the AU$28,000 “Diamonds are Forever Martini,” topped with a diamond of one carat.
The rooms are all a fusion of east and west, though the modern Japanese suite really embodies the ethos. It combines traditional elements such as tatami floors and shoji paper screens with high-tech gadgets and contemporary finishes.
3. Park Hyatt Tokyo
Shinjuku is one of Tokyo’s most exciting districts. an electric hub of retail and nightlife, with hundreds of hole-in-the-wall bars offering a chance to meet and share a drink with the locals.
Near Shinjuku Station, which sees up to 3.5 million commuters pass through each day, Park Hyatt Tokyo is a haven of elegance and calm, yet close to the action and the central shopping district. business.
Occupying the top 14 floors of a gleaming 52-story skyscraper, complete with a swanky New York grill and jazz bar – the one featured in ‘Lost in Translation’, a highly acclaimed day spa and 177 chic guest rooms and suites, it’s a bespoke Tokyo hotel for Suntory’s era.
4. Aman Tokyo
There’s a fine line between minimalism and emptiness, but Aman Tokyo strikes the right balance. With simply furnished rooms, it allows the design to speak for itself, while remaining warm and inviting.
Perched atop the Otemachi Tower in Chiyoda, the hotel is stunning from every angle. Every room is worth checking out, but the Deluxe Palace Garden View is worth splurging on.
The hotel’s stone lobby is also breathtaking, while each of the four restaurants – including the intimate Musashi sushi and omakase sashimi seating just eight people – offers dishes as exquisite to look at as they are delicious. ‘to eat.
5. Shangri La Tokyo
Step into any Shangri-La around the world and you’ll find impeccable service and attention to detail, plush rooms and restaurants that tickle your taste buds in all the right places. Plus, a quintessential part of the brand, glares for days.
Adjacent to Tokyo Station, the award-winning Shangri-La Tokyo offers it all – and more.
It’s both a convenient home base for work and play, with the top-floor Horizon Club – available to guests in Horizon Club-level rooms – offering an assortment of daily perks like breakfast, canapes and afternoon cocktails, and two hours of meeting room rental.
Whether you’re in the mood for Japanese in Nadaman, part of a culinary group that’s been serving diners since 1830, or modern Italian in Piacere, the hotel has you covered.
6. The Tokyo Edition, Toranomon
Although not yet a household name, Edition is building a deserved reputation with its collection of serene and evocative oases in the world’s greatest cities. The Tokyo to Toranomon edition, in particular, is definitely worth your attention.
The 206-room hotel boasts mesmerizing skyline views, with The Jade Room and Garden Terrace – its new signature restaurant and rooftop bar by star chef Tom Aikens – offering incredible views of the Tokyo tower in the manner of Eiffel.
Beyond the terrace, there is The Blue Room, with its neon blue decor and abundant greenery, as well as the Gold Bar and a Lobby Lounge where you will happily linger. The location is also perfect, with access to Kamiyacho, Roppongi-Itchome and Toranomon subway stations.
7. Mandarin Oriental Tokyo
From the Grand Presidential Suite to its entry-level Deluxe Room, every room at Mandarin Oriental Tokyo offers stunning city views. If you can take your eyes off the decor, of course.
Located in the financial district, this luxury Tokyo hotel is divided into two buildings: a modern tower and the heritage-listed Mitsui Main Building. It is home to 57 retro-futuristic rooms and 22 suites, 10 delicious restaurants and bars, and an award-winning spa.
Celebrating the location, it also offers guests a taste of local culture, with immersive experiences ranging from rickshaw rides to geisha shows, food tours and boat cruises at their fingertips.
8. Hoshinoya Tokyo
Combining the intimacy of a traditional ryokan guesthouse with the sophistication of a five-star hotel, Hoshinoya Tokyo is a very different experience. And yet, the feeling of luxury and sophistication that pervades every inch cannot be denied.
Just 17 stories tall, the unique design of this multi-award-winning hotel features extensive use of tatami flooring, shoji paper screens and cypress-framed furniture. Each floor is also designed to function as its own six-bedroom ryokan, complete with a common living room.
An unexpected highlight is its rooftop onsen, a hot spring with two gender-separated bathrooms, each filled with mineral-rich water pumped from 1,500 meters underground.
Guests are also encouraged to wear traditional yukata clothing while staying at the hotel.
9. Tokyo Station Hotel
Tokyo Station Hotel is an icon of the city. If its red brick walls could talk, they would tell stories of renowned writers and public figures who have called it home for over a century, but this isn’t just a hotel for history buffs.
Inaugurated in 1915 and completely renovated in 2012, the Station effortlessly dances the line of classic charm and modern comfort, with 150 rooms and suites that would be out of place in a large European hotel.
When hunger strikes, diners have a choice of ten distinct restaurants and bars, ranging from French to Italian, Japanese and Cantonese. There’s also a relaxing wellness spa and artificial hot spring on-site to help soothe weary travelers.
10. Capitol Hotel Tokyo
In the heart of Tokyo’s political heart, opposite the Prime Minister’s Office, the Capitol Hotel Tokyu is a regular haunt of visiting dignitaries and VIPs. It is also right next to Hie Shrine, making it well placed for sightseeing and business.
Fusing Japanese and Western design, with sliding room dividers, shoji screens, and plush beds, each of its 251 rooms and suites is a quiet, inviting sanctuary. Additionally, there is a ‘SaRyoh’ Executive Club with meals, drinks and more.
Several fine dining and bar options round out the experience, ensuring guests have plenty of opportunities to experience the proud “omotenashi” hospitality that Japan is so renowned for.