Luxury Hotels In Tokyo: 3 Great Options

When I touched down at Narita International Airport, I was anxious to experience some of the best Luxury Hotels in Tokyo. I was pretty much the first one to reach the baggage carousel. Hours spent on the plane psyching myself out for my adventure travel had me watching too many bad movies and devouring too many bags of salted peanuts. I was ready for some real entertainment and real food.

As the capital of Japan and one of the most populated cities in the world, spending time in Tokyo should be one of everyone’s crazy bucket list ideas. Whether you want to live it up and enjoy a luxury travel vacation or stay at one of the many home-stays or capsule hotels, Tokyo is the place to be at. If the former is more your style, then read on for three of the best 5-star luxury hotels in Tokyo. 

Luxury Hotels In Tokyo#1: The Peninsula

Synonymous with luxury, The Peninsula flaunts sophisticated facilities and extraordinary service. Located in the bustling central business district of Marunouchi, this elegant hotel overlooks the incredible Imperial Palace and Hibiya Park and is a few minutes away from Ginza, Tokyo’s shopping hub. If you have ever stayed at one of only 10 Peninsulas dotted around the globe, you will know that everything about this group encompasses pure indulgence. From the Superior Room to the Peninsula Suite, every bit of space offered to guests is set up in such a way that you will feel like you are living in a world that perfectly fuses traditional Japanese culture and contemporary decor.

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Do not miss out on the myriad of fabulous dining options available to you. If you only have time for one meal, make it dinner at Kyoto Tsuruya. Serving up traditional Kaiseki cuisine, the restaurant will give you a taste of old school Japan that does not involve bowls of rice churned out of vending machines.

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Luxury Hotels In Tokyo #2: Ritz-Carlton

The Ritz-Carlton takes up the first three floors and the top nine floors of Tokyo’s tallest building, Midtown Tower. Located in the Roppongi district that also plays host to the world’s top bars, clubs, retail stores and restaurants, this luxury hotel is by far one of the most luxurious in Tokyo. Depending on which room you check into, you will be treated to stunning views of Mount Fuji, Tokyo Tower and panoramic vistas of the city. As a lover and strong critic of hotel bathrooms I found absolutely no fault in the oversized marble bathroom and luxurious Asprey bath products available to me. Fine Frette linens, featherbeds and oversized pillows are also a given. I recommend that you book yourself into one of the club rooms as it gives you unprecedented access to unparalleled facilities and service.

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With a slew of fine dining options available to guests, you need not leave the hotel for an international culinary journey around the world. From classic afternoon tea to Michelin-starred contemporary French cuisine, treat your taste buds to the best of the best.

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Luxury Hotels In Tokyo #3: Park Hyatt

Shinjuku is undoubtedly one of the busiest and most tourist-friendly wards in Tokyo. More often than not, travelers make a beeline for this area as it contains everything that one could possibly want and need. From the busiest train station in the world to the historical Meiji Shrine, Shinjuku is the place to be at if you want to be in the thick of things.

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Check into Park Hyatt if you want an elegant and extraordinary stay. From its fabulous indoor swimming pool with glass roof to the myriad of wining and dining options, this hotel certainly knows how to cater to upper crust living. Known amongst move buffs as “that hotel in Lost In Translation”, Park Hyatt is one of the most well known and expensive hotels in the city. If you want natural-fiber woven wall coverings, rare Hokkaido water elm paneling, Egyptian cotton linens or incredible deep soaking tub, this is the hotel to be at.

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Although staying at one of these top notch accommodation options will make it hard for you to leave the hotel, you have to explore Tokyo if you want a true taste of what the city has to offer.

Best of Tokyo

1. Harajuku: Best to be explored over the weekends just so you get a glimpse of the fashion-obsessed youngsters dressed up in cosplay outfits and the latest fashionable fads.

2. Tsukiji Fish Market: Peek into the world’s largest and busiest fish market and try the freshest sashimi and sushi you will ever get. Head over in the wee hours of the morning and sign up for the world famous live tuna auction.

3. Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden: It is one of the most beautiful green spaces in Tokyo. Be sure to check out the French, English and traditional Japanese gardens.

4. Shibuya: Head over for fabulous shopping and great eats. If you are not in mood for that, check out the famous Shibuya Crossing at the intersection located right outside the train station. Do not forget to say hello to the bronze statue of Hachiko, a dog remembered for his unfailing loyalty to its owner even after he passed on.

5. Meiji Shrine: If you only have time to visit one cultural sight, make it this shrine. It is Tokyo’s most famous Shinto shrine and the walkway that leads up to it is lined with stunning thousand year old cypress trees.

There are far too many things to do in Tokyo, Japan for it all to fit into one blog post. From the bizarre robot-themed restaurant and cabaret show to rocking out with the famous Yoyogi Park rockers every Sunday, Tokyo will give you an adrenaline rush unlike any other. It is the sort of city that makes you want to go back again and again and I for one cannot wait to head back. 

Lianne Choo

Born in Singapore and raised in Malaysia to multi-racial parents, Lianne is a bonafide travel and food junkie. Having traveled extensively to over 30 countries, Lianne has lived in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Honolulu and Paris and now calls Taichung, Taiwan home. She speaks fluent English, Malay and French and is currently improving her conversational Mandarin skills. She prefers a life of free spirited travel and freelancing than one spent cooped up in an office. When she's not off on an adventure, you can find her whiling her time away with books, good movies and even better food.