The 7 best hotels in Tokyo

When it comes to hotel options in Japan’s sprawling capital, the sky’s the limit — literally, as many of the city’s most coveted reservations are tucked away in the tallest skyscrapers. Yet no matter how high in the clouds, the best properties exhibit deep-rooted cultural ties that reveal an age-old reverence for the hospitality called omotenashi, the hard-to-translate Japanese concept of selfless hospitality cultivated from the traditions of the tea ceremony. From dizzying suites to contemporary retreats inspired by ryokans (traditional inns), these are the best places to stay the next time you are in Tokyo.

Aman Tokyo

  • What to expect: A true urban resort with unrivaled service in the heart of the city
  • Piece: otemachi
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Known for its unparalleled hospitality in sublime natural settings, Aman Resorts made its urban debut in 2014 with Aman Tokyo, which offers the cultural transportation experiences and exceptional service it is famous for in the center of Japan’s sprawling capital. . Elevators open to a 33rd-floor lobby with a soaring atrium nearly 100 feet high. The focal point is a seasonally inspired arrangement of ikebana flowers, reflected to dazzling effect in a shallow pool and anchored in rockeries.

The 84 ryokan-inspired rooms, designed by Kerry Hill Architects, are some of the largest entry-level city accommodations in Tokyo. They’re a minimalist’s dream, with chestnut floors, sliding shoji screens, floor-to-ceiling windows framing city views, and large stonework. furo tubs worth spending an entire afternoon enjoying. Equally worthy of extended exploration, the sprawling spa, which features onsen-style baths and a 90-foot pool overlooking the city, offers treatments that embrace Kampo’s herbal healing philosophy. Of the hotel’s dining options, the eight-seat Musashi by Aman is the most coveted reservation, with its omakaseexperience led by chef Hiroyuki Musashi.

A guest room at the Hoshinoya Tokyo.

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Hoshinoya Tokyo

  • What to expect: A modern homage to the ryokan in the heart of Tokyo
  • Piece: otemachi
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Hoshinoya Tokyo reinterprets the century-old Japanese brand’s iconic country ryokans for an urban setting in the city’s Otemachi business district. Azuma Architects & Associates interiors blend tradition and contemporary design. Housed in a 17-story building clad in lattice-work metal, the 84 airy rooms in understated palettes feature handcrafted bamboo closets, sliding shoji screens, and padded floor seating supported by thin wooden arches. Each floor shares a common ochanomaa lounge where confectionery and seasonal delicacies are offered throughout the day.

Accommodations are covered in soft tatami mats, but unlike a traditional ryokan, the flooring continues into hallways, common areas, and elevators (guests ditch their shoes at the entrance and walk through the hotel in comfy socks). There are plenty of tantalizing experiences on the property to take you away from the deep soaking tub inside your room, including the hotel’s 10-table restaurant (be sure to book), where executive chef Noriyuki Hamada serves Japanese cuisine, French-inspired Japanese cuisine. . An on-site feature you won’t find anywhere else in Tokyo: the hotel’s top floor onsenwhich pumps natural water from 5,000 feet below the city into an open-air bath and where the edges of onyx-hued walls frame the sky.

The Ritz Carlton, Tokyo

  • What to expect: Business meets pleasure, with views for days
  • Piece: Roppongi
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Conveniently located in the flashy Roppongi neighborhood and occupying the top nine floors of one of Tokyo’s tallest buildings, The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo’s unparalleled views keep the property on the short list of the city’s most coveted staycations. Huge rooms covered in lacquered wood have beds with Frette linens and marble bathrooms in which you could get lost. on a clear day highlights Mount Fuji. The lounge is a destination in itself, where one-on-one business meetings take place alongside vacationers enjoying afternoon tea, served to the music of a harpist.

Seven restaurants and bars showcase many of the flavors that define the city’s culinary scene. In a dimly lit space, Hinokizaka offers four distinct areas for kaiseki menu, sushi, tempura and grill tastings teppanyaki kitchen. On the 45th floor, the 28-seat Azure 45 serves a French and Japanese-inspired gourmet menu in a room decorated with soothing blues and natural woods.


The Tokyo Toranomon Edition

Tokyo Toranomon Edition

  • What to expect: A leafy, minimalist oasis with panoramic views
  • Piece: Kamiyacho
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In the Kamiyacho business district near Roppongi, the 206-room newcomer is the first Edition hotel in Japan, designed by architect Kengo Kuma in partnership with Ian Schrager, the hotelier behind the international Marriott brand lifestyle. Guests enter the lobby on the 31st floor — the hotel commands the top floors of the 38-story Tokyo World Gate skyscraper — and are quickly engulfed in a palm-lined lobby. Right off the bat, you’ll notice a laid-back, intimate vibe, a noticeable change from Tokyo’s often formal luxury hotels.

That sentiment extends to the Blue Room, a restaurant off the lobby that offers an array of Japanese-inspired comfort food, like wagyu beef-based katsu sando and dashi mayonnaise or a yuzu-marinated version of the salad. caprese. Nearby, the Gold Bar focuses on classic drinks such as martinis and Manhattans in a sleek space lined with sleek decanters. Minimalist rooms have been designed with warm woods and white textiles, some with private balconies or freestanding tubs, and many with postcard-worthy views of Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Bay.

Muji Hotel Ginza

A guest bedroom at the Muji Hotel Ginza.

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Muji Hotel Ginza

  • What to expect: An immersion in the universe of the Japanese lifestyle brand Muji
  • Piece: Ginza
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Atop Muji’s flagship store in the Ginza shopping district, the lifestyle brand’s first concept hotel in Tokyo draws inspiration from its own lookbook, with neatly minimal rooms and an affordable nightly rate. The 79 rooms are understated but smartly designed, with built-in furniture and a neutral palette, making the most of a modest square footage. Everything from electric kettles to oil diffusers are stored in clean-lined cubbies; wardrobes and storage disappear behind sliding screens.

While those who like to be pampered may miss the lack of room service and telephones (a digital screen connects you to reception and controls the curtains), die-hard Muji fans will love the immersion in the simple approach and organized brand. . Wa Restaurant is worth a visit, with a rotating menu that showcases both regional cuisine, such as the coastal prefecture of Shimane, and at affordable prices. There’s a Muji-branded bakery for morning treats (say good morning, red bean buns), and the Salon bar is a perfect place for a coffee or a nightcap at the camphor wood counter.

Trunk (House)

The trunk (house) in Tokyo.

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Trunk (House)

  • What to expect: A haven for design lovers with Japan’s smallest nightclub
  • Piece: Kagurazaka
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The team behind Trunk (Hotel), a 15-room boutique in Shibuya, has branched out with Trunk (House), a luxurious one-bedroom residence in Shinjuku, near Edo Castle, created to immerse visitors in creativity in both traditional and contemporary Japan. The 70-year-old townhouse is nestled among beautiful wooden houses in the labyrinthine district of Kagurazaka, nicknamed “mini Kyoto” in reference to its history as a geisha district.

Throughout the two-story townhouse, the art and furnishings are a roster of notable Japanese and international talent. A provocative tile painting in the bathroom, with its large hinoki bathtub, is by ukiyo-e (woodblock) master Masumi Ishikawa, and the paper-cut art in the tea room was shaped by Chiaki Hirano, born in Kanagawa. There’s a leather sofa by Los Angeles-based Stephen Kenn, a mid-century Potence wall sconce by French metalwork master Jean Prouvé, and an installation of tea ceremony utensils by the New York native. YorkTom Sachs. Even the mini bar, stocked with traditional Higashiya sweets and fresh local tea, is a showcase of Japanese craftsmanship. Personalized attention is also part of the experience: your butler, dressed in a uniform by fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto, will prepare you a bowl of ramen or help you create your own private disco on the house’s bright dance floor. of town.

Tokyo Okura

  • What to expect: A beloved mid-century hotel, reinvented
  • Piece: Toranomon
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The Okura Tokyo, famed for its impeccable service and mid-century aesthetic by architect Yoshiro Taniguchi, originally debuted in the Toranomon business district before the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. A controversial demolition, the hotel was rebuilt and reopened in 2019 after a four-year, billion-dollar renovation, this time under Taniguchi’s son Yoshio, who redesigned New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Today, two new buildings sit alongside an original wing and channel the original mid-century vibe. In the Okura Prestige Tower, wood-accented rooms have walk-in closets, deep soaking tubs, and floor-to-ceiling windows that open to panoramic city views. The 17-story Okura Heritage Wing takes service up a notch with its own dedicated reception area (or in-room check-in if you prefer), making it a favorite among privacy-conscious guests alike. heads of state.

There are eight places to eat and drink throughout the hotel, including the Orchid Bar, which specializes in classic cocktails and has an impressive collection of whiskeys. The hotel’s 80-foot, five-lane heated pool is bathed in light, while downstairs, the Okura Museum of Art has a surprisingly large collection of traditional calligraphy and ceramic works for guests to enjoy. see for free. Be sure to linger in the iconic lobby, a painstaking recreation of the 1960s original that has enticed design and architecture fanatics for decades.

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