This property in Shibuya City, the Silicon Valley of Tokyo, opened in 2001 in the area’s tallest skyscraper. Interiors mix Western and Japanese aesthetics. Simple, unfussy guest rooms are located on floors 19 through 37 of the 184-meter, stone Cerulean Tower and have calming colors; some have unobstructed views of Mount Fuji in the distance. The gorgeous, flowing stone garden in front of the lobby is the handiwork of celebrated landscaper Shunmyo Masuno. The property also has a Noh theater, typically unheard of in a hotel. Noh is the oldest traditional theater art still performed in Japan; guests can tour the theater on days when no performances are scheduled.
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In 2012, Tokyo Corporation, builders of the Cerulean Tower, opened Shibuya Hikarie near the hotel. It’s a dining, shopping, and entertainment complex that serves as the venue for Tokyo Fashion Week and is connected to Shibuya station. Just north of the property, Shibuya 109 is a shopping mall with the latest Tokyo fashions and trends. The Shibuya area is a youth magnet, with Harajuku and its vibrant youth culture, fashion and small independent boutiques, restaurants and cafés. Daikanyama, to the south, is an upscale residential neighborhood with high-fashion stores. Expect the neighborhood to change a tad in the upcoming years—a number of skyscrapers will sprout up near the hotel in the next decade, giving it a more corporate feel.
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Rooms: 402 rooms, nine suites. From $370. Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: With nine restaurants and bars, plus a pastry shop, to choose from, there’s no shortage of choices here. Coucagno presents traditional Provençal dishes, while Bello Visto, as the name suggests, offers fine views of the Shinjuku skyline and a menu of tipples. Other options include Italian, Japanese, and Szechuan. The intimate JZ Brat supplies live jazz along with its food and drink. Spa and gym details: The third-floor gym has the standard training equipment, while the indoor heated pool is flooded with natural light.
Who's it for: Corporate executives; empty nesters who don’t want to splurge; techies and fashion slaves, for the location. Our favorite rooms: The classically arranged Japanese-style room—there is only one—has tatami flooring, a futon bed, and a wooden bathroom. Indulge yourself: Make time for a bath—the tubs have magnificent views of Tokyo Tower and Yoyogi Park.