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The luxury-lover’s hotel guide to Tokyo, the Japanese capital

By LLM Reporters on 11th March 2020

Words by Becky Poostchi

With the upcoming 2020 Olympic Games, all eyes are firmly set on Tokyo. 14 million people have chosen to make Tokyo their home, and come this spring the luxury city will be expecting over 10 million extra visitors.

It is worth visiting Tokyo for an exclusive and unique experience of high luxury and high culture like no other. When it comes to luxury this city takes attention to detail seriously, so much so that it was awarded the most Michelin stars in the world for 2020

One of the best places in the world right now to treat yourself and splash some cash, this is the ultimate destination for anyone in search of a little decadence. Go beat the crowds before June, and visit during the famous cherry blossom season (March-April). Or if you’ve managed to secure a coveted ticket to the Games – book now to avoid disappointment.

From exclusive dining to designer boutiques, there’s something for everyone – and where better to start than with an elegant five-star hotel?

We’ve rounded up the top three luxury hotels in Tokyo that will make the perfect tranquil base for your extravagant trip. All that’s left to do is to start packing – just don’t forget to bring an extra case for all that shopping!

Mandarin Oriental

A stay at the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo is to experience the height of Japanese luxury.

One of the sleekest spots to stay in Tokyo, the Mandarin Oriental offers the best views in the city. Spread across the 30th to 38th floors of the Nihonbashi Mitsui Tower, the MO is a dream for foodie fanatics, and boasts 12 restaurants, three of which hold Michelin stars and even a Bib Gourmand for their unique pizza counter. 

Despite the breathtaking views, elegant rooms, exquisitely chic foyer and lounge areas, the MO is most famous for its exemplary service. Let the staff here lead the way in looking after you and you won’t be left wanting. From restaurant reccomendations, to formulating full itineraries; no request is too big. I honestly believe these guys could source me a small part of the moon should I have asked for it. They lead the way when it comes to diligence, resourcefulness and sophistication. The spa is sublime.

Most likely to see: young and old rock stars, bad boy contemporary artists.

Tokyo Station

Tokyo Station Hotel IMG_7494

Undoubtably the best located hotel in the city, the Tokyo Station Hotel may be Western in style but has a strong Japanese signature.

The Tokyo Station Hotel reopened six years ago, after a six-year renovation, the hotel dates back to 1915, a year after the station opened and has been serving guests for over 100 years. In a city of skyscrapers and postwar concrete, its unique character stands out from the crowd. This hotel oozes opulence and decadence, sumptuous design and an old colonial style elegance is reflected not just in the building but also in the impeccable staff. This is the most culturally significant hotel in Tokyo, forging the future, whilst honoring the past.

This hotel boasts one of the most exclusive services in Tokyo, a private entrance for royalty and a secret tunnel entrance from the hotel to the Imperial Palace . No stranger to royalty, this hotel has hosted a plethora of high society guests, luxury fashion events and VIP undercover guests.

Most likely to see: Tokyo’s high society, members of many international extended royal families

Aman

This Minimal sanctuary is a haven for design lovers, The Aman takes the prize for most chic hotel in Tokyo.

If you’re looking for stunning views, and minimal Japanese design then look no further than Tokyo’s Aman hotel. Each of its 84 uniquely designed rooms are fitted with floor to ceiling windows, offering breath-taking views of the Tokyo skyline and embracing many of its famous landmarks.

Live it up in their swimming pool with breathtaking views, without a doubt the Piece de resistance and most enviable and instagrammable selfie spot in town.

If style and design is your raison d’etre, Aman will not disappoint. The hotel offers dramatic panoramas of the Imperial Palace Gardens and surrounding Tokyo landmarks whilst remaining one of the most tranquil places in the city.

Most likely to see: envious famous architects, fashion designers, slinky supermodels

Where to shop

Ginza is without a doubt the luxury shopping destination for any fashion lover.

Fashion’s hottest brand Loewe have recently opened a boutique, alongside luxury cashmere house Loro Piana, and old favourites Bulgari, Hermes, Chanel, Louis Vuitton…

The original Comme des Garcons is very much worth a look for the more discerning fashion victim, and Ginza Six has everything that you could never imagine wanting but suddenly realizing that you need!