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Japanese Breakfast
Lost in Translation Bar
Kobe and Cocktails with a View
Park Hyatt, Tokyo
Park Hyatt, Tokyo
Park Hyatt, Tokyo
Park Hyatt, Tokyo
Park Hyatt, Tokyo
Park Hyatt, Tokyo
Park Hyatt, Tokyo
Park Hyatt, Tokyo
Japanese Breakfast
Lost in Translation Bar
Kobe and Cocktails with a View
Park Hyatt, Tokyo
Immortalized on celluloid in the film Lost in Translation, the modernist property spreads across the upper floors of the three connecting granite, steel, and glass columns of Shinjuku Park Tower. The 770-foot building rises in a succession of summits with a glass pyramid topping the three peaks, the pyramids home to a bamboo garden, swimming pool, and restaurant, respectively. The interiors replicate the exterior materials, while adding wood, woven abaca, and hand-tufted wool carpets for texture and color. The clean design scheme features muted hues of deep green marble, brown and gray granite, and plenty of windows and mirrors. Rooms, starting at a shade under 600 square feet, are similarly spare, and include bedside glass knobs that control room functions and walls paneled with rare water elm from Hokkaido, some that were submerged in lakes up to 2,000 years.
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Neighborhood Vibe
The hotel’s location in Shinjuku puts it close to shopping, businesses, and entertainment. In the Shinjuku Park Tower, the same building that houses the Park Hyatt, shoppers will find the Living Design Center Ozone—four stories of shops, galleries, and showrooms dedicated to upscale, contemporary interior design. Just north of the property, Shinjuku Central Park is a calm green space in a densely urban environment, and popular lunchtime spot for office workers. The Tokyo Opera City—an entertainment complex comprising shops, restaurants, the New National Theater, the Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall, and the Art Gallery—is about five minutes away on foot to the southwest. Next to Yoyogi Park, and 15 minutes walking distance from the Park Hyatt, Meiji Jingu Shrine is dedicated to the spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife Empress Shoken. It is Tokyo’s largest shrine, and one of Japan’s three Imperial shrines. It opens and closes with sunrise and sunset.
Need to Know
Rooms: 154 rooms, 23 suites. From $530.
Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon.
Dining options: Set in the highest glass pyramid, New York Grill re-creates a classic Manhattan steakhouse with a kinetic open kitchen, black-and-chrome interiors, and four huge paintings of New York scenes. The skylit bamboo garden is the centerpiece of the Peak Lounge, making a verdant setting for English afternoon tea. French brasserie Girandole throws a few Asian favorites onto its menu, while Kozue serves hearty, home-style Japanese dishes to the backdrop of views of Mount Fuji. New York Bar is where, in the movie, Bill Murray was seen knocking back libations most nights.
Spa and gym details: Divided between the 45th and 47th floors, Club on the Park dedicates 22,000 square feet to wellness. Expect a swimming pool, full gym, aerobics studio, spa with seven treatment rooms, Vichy showers, wet and dry saunas, cold plunge pools, and marble whirlpools.
Insider Tips
Who's it for: Movie buffs; CEOs; movers and shakers.
Our favorite rooms: Any with a Mount Fuji view. That’s a vista hard to beat.
Explore on two wheels: The hotel offers free bicycle rental for guests—lock, helmets, pumps, and maps provided.
Japanese Breakfast
Here, a room-service breakfast meant an amazing variety of food with an incredible view of the metropolis. The Park Hyatt Tokyo is famous for the location where Lost in Translation was filmed.
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Lost in Translation Bar
The New York Bar on top of the Park Hyatt in Tokyo is featured in the 2003 film Lost in Translation. Jazz is played every Sunday, and the bar could indeed be in NYC—until you look out the windows and realize you are a world away.

The Park Hyatt is an excellent hotel, and travelers should understand that Hyatt in Asia is a premium set of hotels, much more premium than they are in USA. The movie captures the mood of the bar very well, but not the hotel rooms, which are in fact wonderful in real life, but filmed with a light blue green filter in the movie.
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Kobe and Cocktails with a View
Although I didn't have a chance to stay at the Park Hyatt Tokyo as a guest, I did take a tour of the property and was beyond impressed by the decorative art on the walls and the amount of amenities available.

I did, however, have the opportunity to eat and drink in one of their restaurants. Their New York Grill is situated on the 52nd floor and guests have a 360-degree view of the city. Even if you aren't staying at the hotel, I recommend stopping by the bar for a cocktail. You can't go wrong with a bird's eye view of Tokyo by night.

Besides the view, the restaurant itself has some pretty stylish decor. The overall feel is contemporary and sophisticated, with work from Italian artist Valerio Adami serving as artistic scenery.

I sampled a bit of everything including a salad, pasta and of course the famous kobe beef. Before heading to bed, I listened to a few songs from the live jazz band that was performing that night.

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