Here are five luxury hotels where you would definitely want to stay even just once when you come to Japan.
1. The Peninsula Tokyo (Tokyo)
Standing right next to Tokyo’s JR Yurakucho Station, The Peninsula Tokyo is enveloped in rich greenery despite its being right in the heart of the city and boasts of perfect location that offers easy access to Ginza. The hotel’s 47 suites and 314 guest rooms with floor area of 51sq.m., the biggest in Tokyo, feature an interior design that exquisitely fuses Japanese and Western inspirations. There are about 1,000 pieces of artwork and interior designs scattered in the guest rooms and all over the hotel premises, giving it a stylish atmosphere that makes it look just like an art museum. The chandelier in the lobby is also a sight to behold. This hotel is home to various restaurants where you can drink afternoon tea or eat authentic Cantonese dishes, Japanese banquet dishes and tempura, as well as a spa and wellness center where you can relax your body and mind through treatments that combine ancient Eastern and Western healing arts and the philosophy of Ayurveda. On top of that, it has a fitness center and pool that staying guests can use for free. And for a fee, you can avail the hotel’s transport service that uses Rolls-Royce and other luxury vehicles, so it would be best to consider this according to your travel plans.
2. Palace Hotel Tokyo (Tokyo)
Palace Hotel Tokyo, located in Tokyo’s Marunouchi area, is a long-established hotel with a history that dates back to its opening in 1961. Offering the kind of serenity that comes with age, the classy Japanese hospitality, and cutting-edge facilities, you will have the most wonderful time here. It received a five-star rating in the hotel category of Forbes Travel Guide in 2016, so it is currently one of the hotels attracting the most attention from media. The hotel's Basement 1 level is directly connected to Otemachi Station, so it is very convenient for sightseeing. It has 290 guest rooms that are imbued with a refined ambiance. It also houses a wide range of restaurants such as Japanese, sushi, Chinese and French restaurants, and the all-day dining restaurant at the first floor that also has seats on the terrace is open for business from breakfast up to dinner, making it all the more convenient for guests staying at the hotel. When you stay here, you just have to experience Japan’s first Evian Spa Tokyo. Going by the theme “health through water,” this spa offers bathing facilities and quality treatments that are effective in refreshing and relaxing your body and mind. So try to spend some relaxing time at this urban oasis that is surrounded by greenery and water!
3. Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo (Tokyo)
Approximately 10 minutes away from Tokyo’s JR Mejiro Station by bus, Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo is a hotel that is characterized by its vast Japanese garden that will make you forget the hustle and bustle of the city. With a history spanning about 130 years, this hotel is said to have started from the garden that was built by Aritomo Yamagata, then the Prime Minister of Japan. Its approximately 66,115-sq.m. Japanese garden is sprinkled with tangible cultural properties and historic landmarks, and is filled with must-see sights such as a pond, a three-story pagoda and a shrine. This hotel is filled with natural beauty through all four seasons, including cherry blossoms in spring, fireflies in early summer, foliage in autumn, and then painted in gorgeous camellia in winter. Guests can enjoy afternoon tea in its lobby lounge, stone-roasted dishes that resemble those served in Japanese homes, French food and other types of food at its nine restaurants. Every restaurant offers a view of the garden. Further, its ultra-classy spa facilities and pool, and hot springs that comes directly from Ito Onsen in Shizuoka are this hotel’s popular features. Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo is a hotel that is recommended to guests who want the proper Japanese experience in a hotel.
4. Imperial Hotel Tokyo (Tokyo)
The Imperial Hotel, located in Tokyo’s Ginza area, is a hotel with a long history, having been opened in 1890. Considered to be Japan’s face to the world, this is a hotel with an ancient and honorable origin as the place where numerous VIPs from all over the world have stayed, including Marilyn Monroe and Helen Keller. It has a total of 931 guest rooms that are filled with a calm atmosphere and full functionality. The Imperial Hotel Tokyo also offers all comforts to guests with a wide array of facilities, including 13 restaurants, three bar lounges and a tearoom, as well as an indoor sauna, pool and beauty salon, and a shopping area at the basement level. When you stay there, try the pancakes that have been loved for more than 60 years at the café and diner Parkside Diner. While these pancakes are quite simple, their delicious taste has gained quite a fan base. But if you want to eat Japan’s top-class French cuisine in a classical modern and sophisticated setting, then Les Saisons is just the restaurant you’re looking for! Make sure to try the main dining offers of the Imperial Hotel Tokyo.
5. The Ritz-Carlton Osaka (Osaka)
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Osaka, a 5-minute walk from the Nishi-Umeda Station on Osaka’s Yotsubashi Line, is a hotel that has been made famous by its top-quality service. The inside of this hotel is designed based on the concept of “18th century English nobleman’s mansion.” Its guest rooms that are filled with an elegant and relaxed atmosphere boast of Osaka’s biggest floor area. The rooms at the top floors of this high-rise building are even blessed with panoramic scenery. This hotel’s carefully selected restaurants offer Japanese, French, Cantonese, and Italian cuisines and bars. The Japanese restaurant Hanagatami is definitely recommended because here, you can eat sushi at the counter overlooking the Japanese garden. You have to experience the Club Floor on the 34th floor, though! Here, you may use the exclusive lounge that can only be accessed with a special key, and be entertained by the dedicated concierge. They also prepare a luxurious spread of various foods and drinks according to the time of day – breakfast, light lunch, afternoon tea, hors d’oeuvres before dinner, and nightcap. There is no doubt that you will have a pleasant time at The Ritz-Carlton Osaka!
Japan is home to a long list of fancy hotels, from foreign-funded high-end hotels that have hotels worldwide to high-class hotels where you can enjoy Japanese gardens to the full. So, use this article as reference and try to stay at any of these hotels in the future!
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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