１丁目-8-1 Yūrakuchō, Chiyoda-ku, Tōkyō-to 100-0006, Japan
Photo courtesy of Peninsula, Tokyo
Peninsula TokyoUnlike most luxury lodgings built inside Tokyo’s mixed-use towers, The Peninsula was the only freestanding high-end hotel to be erected in the city for a decade. The 24-story property is situated in the Marunouchi financial district, opposite the moat of the Imperial Palace, and its exterior emulates a Japanese lantern, its amber Namibian granite contrasting with the surrounding gray stone and glass buildings. The forecourt features a landscaped garden of classical pine, cherry, and maple trees, reflecting the country’s cultural bond with nature and the changing seasons. Inside, the two-level lobby has ivory-colored walls with wood lattices that echo the windows of old Kyoto. The 1,300 crystal LED lightbulbs of the lobby chandelier resemble a cloud of fireworks or fireflies depending on who you ask. More than 1,000 pieces of art, mostly Japanese, further embellish interiors. Corridors reference the streets of old Kyoto, with floor lights and granite and mirror panels set into the walls resembling water, while the carpets feature a woven kimono-thread pattern. In other words, you won’t find a more atmospheric hotel in all of Tokyo.