In 1994, Park Hyatt opened the first “western” luxury hotel in Tokyo. Sitting atop the 52-floor Shinjuku Park Tower, the hotel became an icon when it starred – along with Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson – in the 2003 award-winning Hollywood film Lost In Translation.
Since then, Tokyo has attracted all luxury hotel brands and they have thrived. Expect amazing service, delicious cuisine, well-designed guestrooms, and superb facilities & amenities.
The BusinessClass.com guide to the best luxury hotels in Tokyo:
Aman Tokyo - 10/10
Located in the Otemachi Tower at the heart of Chiyoda City - Aman Tokyo has just 84 rooms and suites. They are designed in a style that draws inspiration from traditional Ryokan Inns with a blend of wood, washi paper screens, tatami mat rugs, earthy ceramics, and natural stone finishes. At 71 square metres, the deluxe room is the largest entry level category in the city. It features floor to ceiling windows with uninterrupted views – which can be enjoyed from the king or twin beds. In the bathroom, Furo soaking tubs are perfect to lie back in and take in the view.
The property features five outstanding restaurants & bars - including Arva for the flavours of southern Italy, Musashi by Aman for a Japanese chef’s table style experience in the Edomae Tradition, The Lounge by Aman for drinks, and all-day dining and The Café by Aman – framed in a leafy and serene Otemachi Forest setting, located at the base of the tower. The latest culinary addition to the hotel is La Pâtisserie by Aman Tokyo - delicious cakes! The hotel spa offers 2,500 square metres of traditional Japanese features such as Onsen-style hot baths and steam rooms. Traditional Kampo therapies and rebalancing programmes, Shinto purification rituals and a restorative signature spa journey with Shiatsu massage. Full modern-day cardio and weight training facilities are available at the fitness centre with an area dedicated to yoga and Pilate’s studios. The 30-metre indoor swimming pool is impressive.
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The Peninsula, Tokyo - 9/10
Located in the Marunouchi district, a short walk from both Hibiya Park and the boutiques of Ginza, all hotel guest benefit from the “Peninsula Promise” – a commitment to providing a superlative guest experience. Flexible touches include bookable early check-in and later check-out, guarantee of interconnecting rooms and a 24-hour private e-concierge service. Choose from 314 rooms and suites across 11 categories, decorated in grey and earth tones with highlights of blonde and dark woods. Deluxe Rooms include a seating area and dining table, dressing area and desk, coffee and tea making facilities, bedside wireless, and USB charge points and complimentary Wi-Fi. Bathrooms feature marble and mood lighting, separate shower and bathtub, bathrobe and slippers and complimentary amenities.
Choose from a stunning range of 11 bars and restaurants including Hei Fung Terrace for Cantonese, Peter Grill for fresh seafood and dry-aged steaks. The Peninsula Spa offers traditional Oriental, Ayurvedic and European treatments in a relaxed and soothing yet hi-tech environment. The Health Club has a range of cardio and strength equipment by Technogym each with personal television screen and sound-system. The lap and vitality pools offer a place to relax and take in the view of the Imperial Palace.
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Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi – 9/10
The Four Seasons Marunouchi is one of the smallest luxury boutique hotels in Tokyo. It is tucked away in the heart of the city with unique access directly from the JR Tokyo Station. This unusual Four Seasons property offers just 57 rooms and suites. If you choose to arrive by train the concierge offer a platform meet and greet service. The hotel begins on the 3rd floor of a 31-floor building - offering a warm and intimate member’s Club style atmosphere- while hovering above the bustle of the city below. Guestrooms are decorated in muted tones with clean lines and lacquered blonde woods. Most have ceiling to floor windows and views of Pacific Century Palace Courtyard or the International Forum. Each has a choice of a king or two queen beds, down duvet and pillows, thick terry bathrobes, L’Occitane amenities and complimentary Wi-Fi.
Unique Spa services include the Seasonal Treatment – “Sui” a cleansing and wellness experience to aid seasonal transition from Summer to Winter. An Afternoon Tea Package is offered in combination with the hotels own French bistro - Maison Marunouchi. A seasonal menu of French cuisine, classic desserts and an eclectic Champagne selection is on offer at SÉZANNE, - where guests can engage with the cooking team through a show kitchen experience.
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The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo - 9/10
From its unique location on the 53rd floor of Tokyo’s tallest building in the heart of Roppongi, this Ritz-Carlton property elevates luxury to new heights by offering a serene and elegant vantage point from which to enjoy views to the bustling city below. Floor to ceiling windows create a picture-frame for the Tokyo Bay and Mount Fuji skyline. Choose from 247 - 15 categories - rooms and suites commencing with Club Tower deluxe rooms with Simmons King bed with fine linens, bathrooms with relaxing deep-tub, individual rain-shower, plush terry robes, and complimentary Asprey amenities. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in both the guestrooms and the Club Lounge.
This amazing property has an impressive seven restaurants and bars including Lobby Lounge on the 45th floor that serves afternoon tea and cocktails with stunning views to the city. Michelin-starred cuisine is served at French restaurant Azure 45 and Japanese dining at Hinokizaka. The Towers grill offers Akaushi prime rib and local seafood. Over 21,000 square feet (2,000 square metres) of spa and wellness facilities are located on the 46th floor; highlights include the Sakura rose quartz crystal and Zenrenity purification treatments. Active guests have use of the 24-hour fitness centre, 20-metre indoor swimming pool and a variety of sauna and traditional spa baths.
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New Otani, Tokyo - 9/10
The New Otani enjoys a serene location set at the heart of a ten-acre 400-year-old traditional Japanese garden. Originally designed to host guests for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, founder Yonetaro Otani designed and built to preserve the beautiful landscape and a historic stone wall of an Edo era mansion. The resulting property is over 1500 rooms and suites. Guests can choose from 5 different room types in the Executive House Zen which offers a unique boutique hotel sanctuary. The Main hotel rooms and suites start with Quality Double featuring brown tones in furniture and upholstery, king bed, shower over bath, Yukata robes, refrigerator/mini-bar, flat-screen televisions and complimentary Wi-FI. New Otani Garden Tower Rooms cover a range of 8 categories; choose from a range of 60 suites across the whole property.
An eye-watering array of over 30 dining options include Western, Japanese Teppanyaki and Steak-house style, and Chinese styles. There are cafés and lounges, bars and buffets, take-out is available and room-service an option. The highlight dining experience is The Sky which is a 360-dgree revolving restaurant on the top floor of the Tower. Facilities include spa, hairdresser, doctor, and dentist. Guests can enjoy the outdoor pool which is open in the Summer but commands a small access fee. Fans of James Bond will recognise the hotel complex from the 1967 film – You Only Live Twice – starring the late Sean Connery.
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Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo – 9/10
Towering above the historical Nihonbashi district the Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo offers 179 of the city’s most spacious rooms and suites. The hotel offers stunning room interiors with futuristic design – which enjoy panoramic views of the Tokyo Skytree and in the distance, Mount Fuji. Inspired by themes of “Woods and Water” the hotel concept is that of a living tree with guestrooms as branches. Following a significant renovation in 2019, the newly refurbished guest rooms are decorated in tones of gold and orange with the opening category featuring sweeping city views through floor to ceiling windows. All marble bathrooms feature three types of shower head - Body, Hand, and Rain - alongside standalone bathtubs complete with Bottega Veneta amenities. A pillow menu is available, room fragrance oil, tea and coffee amenities, Yukata Kimono-style robes, and Egyptian cotton bed linens.
The hotel boasts ten food and beverage outlets including three Michelin starred restaurants, Signature for French cuisine, Sense for Cantonese and innovative molecular cuisine in the Tapas Molecular Bar. The Spa offers vitality pools, sauna, crystal steam room and an ice fountain and relaxation room. The highlight is the “Totally Tokyo – The Five Journeys from Nihonbashi” treatment – which includes elements of green tea, pine, plum, bamboo and rice bran. In the hi-tech gym guests can choose from a full range cardio, weight equipment and Pilates Reformer.
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Park Hyatt, Tokyo - 9/10
The hotel occupies the top 14 floors of the 52-story Shinjuku Park Tower building designed by Kenzo Tange at the heart of the famous Shinjuku district. On a clear day, it commands amazing views to Mount Fuji. All 117 rooms and suites are spacious and serene, with king-sized beds and Egyptian cotton linens, walk-in wardrobes, and original artwork. They are all decorated with tasteful woods and fabrics and equipped with high-tech amenities including 40-inch flat screen televisions, Bluetooth speaker and complimentary Wi-Fi. Bathrooms all feature a deep bathtub and separate shower, bathrobe, and Yukata, a 15-inch television and complimentary Aesop bath amenities.
A 360-degree view of the city can be enjoyed from the New York Grill & Bar on the 52nd floor. Also on offer, Girandole, a French style brasserie. The Lounge & Bar atrium serves afternoon tea, cocktails, and Champagnes. A pastry boutique and a speciality gourmet delicatessen are respectively located on the 1st and 2nd floors of the building. Clever architecture allows sunlight to stream in through the glass atrium of the 47th floor bringing a burst of light to Club on the Park - the hotel’s Spa. The beauty and leisure centre is located on the 45th floor. Here are treatment rooms, whirlpools, steam room and sauna, plunge pools, a fully equipped gymnasium, and aerobics studio. The hotel indoor swimming pool is 20-metres of heaven, close to the heavens! Located on the 47th floor – in the daylight or at night – it offers a superb experience. It is a bucket-list hotel swimming pool.
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Hoshinoya, Tokyo - 9/10
Located close to Tokyo Station and the Imperial Palace, this 84 room 17-storey property offers up a relaxed and intimate atmosphere. Outside the entrance, stone benches and planters modelled on Ikebana vases create a Zen Garden inviting you in to the Hoshinoya concept. This brand embodies the true characteristics of land, history and culture of each property location’s setting and weaves these into the details of physical design and hospitality. The Hoshinoya, Tokyo offers Ryokan style accommodation with glistening tatami mats for shoe-free relaxation surrounded by native woods and natural stone. Guests can leave their shoes in one of an array of bamboo shoe boxes and walk down the hallway barefoot or in socks.
Rooms offer king or twin beds, Bluetooth speaker, humidifying air purifier, mini bar, pyjamas, slippers, toothbrush, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Bathrooms have separate bath and shower. Gentle lighting, plush bedding and soft kimonos bring on a sense of heightened relaxation. This is luxurious yet homely Japanese hospitality at its finest with serene tea lounges located on each floor, serving guests an array of seasonal tea, sake, confectionary, and snacks throughout the day. Guests must visit the Ryokan hot spring bath for traditional Ryokan spa relaxation, step from indoors to outdoors and enjoy the hot waters beneath a starlit sky. This is a very authentic Japanese luxury hotel and a truly memorable experience.
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Shangri-La, Tokyo - 9/10
A few blocks from the Imperial Palace and Gardens and just steps away from JR Tokyo station this hotel offers Shangri-La excellence in a prime location for leisure and business travellers alike. All of the 200 guest rooms feature panoramic views of the Imperial Palace, Tokyo Bay or Tokyo Sky Tree. They boast beds with a custom-made Stearns & Foster mattress, 200-threadcount cotton linens and pillow menu with hypoallergenic options. Technology is abundant with a 49-inch smart television, Sony Soundbar with Bluetooth connection, complimentary Wi-Fi, USB charging ports and universal power sockets. The Horizon Club Lounge offers a “home from home” concept - for guests which stay on the Club floor and in Suites. They receive complimentary breakfast, afternoon tea, evening cocktails and canapés among other privileges.
The restaurants include Nadaman Japanese dining concept restaurant with sushi and teppanyaki counters, Piacre for stylish Italian cuisine and Lobby Lounge for seasonal cocktails and afternoon tea. L’Aperitivo Bar serves up pre-dinner cocktails, snacks, and post dinner liqueurs - in true Italian fashion. CHI The Spa at Shangri-La has a heated indoor swimming pool, jacuzzi and sauna, and 24-hour fully equipped health club. Spa wellness retreat rituals include body scrub and wrap followed by full-body massage customised to individual needs.
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Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Otemachi - 9/10
With a 190 rooms and suites - occupying the top six floors of the landmark Otemachi One Complex - this Four Seasons hotel boasts panoramic views of the city, Imperial Palace, and Gardens – and on a clear day, Mount Fuji in the distance. Otemachi Subway Station, the largest in Tokyo, is directly accessible from the hotel building giving guests immediate access to five train lines throughout the city. Stylish interiors incorporate Japanese cultural elements including spacious spa-like bathrooms with double-vanity unit, deep-soaking tub, and wet-room style shower. Floor to ceiling windows offer views from both the guestroom and bathroom. There is a spacious walk-in closet, Nespresso coffee machine, bar fridge, lounge bed and complimentary Wi-Fi. Technology includes smart TV, in-room iPad for guest services, Bose speakers and bedside charging stations.
Pigneto offers family-style dining, an open kitchen and outdoor terrace. At the Michelin starred Est, Chef Guillaume Bracaval demonstrates French cuisine inspired by Japanese terroir. Infuse Spa offers an uplifting hideaway adjacent to the 20-metre indoor swimming pool, vitality pool and mist chairs. Japanese treatments and rituals are offered with a focus on balance of mind and body; the Yakusugi Forest Renewal Ritual takes inspiration from ancient Japanese cedars using oil and flour from the Yakusugi tree to create a virtual forest journey.
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