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Japan, 〒100-0004 Tōkyō-to, Chiyoda-ku, Ōtemachi, 1 Chome−5−6 大手町タワー
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The first true city property for the minimalist luxury hotel brand, this 84-room hotel occupies the top six floors of the Otemachi Tower, in the Otemachi financial district. The design uses traditional Japanese materials like camphor wood, washi...
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1 Chome-23-4 Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tōkyō-to 105-0001, Japan
The progressive, multiuse business and lifestyle building Toranomon Hills is the setting for this one-year-old property with no front desk, no bell desk, and no concierge. Designed following a collaboration between New York’s Tony Chi and ...
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Japan, 〒107-0052 Tōkyō-to, Minato-ku, Akasaka, 1 Chome−12, 港区赤坂1丁目12−33
In the ARK Hills development at the intersection of the Akasaka, Roppongi, and Kasumigaseki districts (hence the name ARK), this 37-story tower offers fine views of the city and Mount Fuji. Interiors meld clean, simple design with touches of glam,...
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Japan, 〒150-8512 Tōkyō-to, Shibuya-ku, Sakuragaokachō, 26, 渋谷区桜丘町26−1
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,...
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1 Chome-3-18 Chūōchō, Meguro-ku, Tōkyō-to 152-0001, Japan
Following a renovation of an old local hotel, Claska opened in 2003 as the first design-style property in Tokyo. Masterminded by architect Tei Shuwa, who also designs furniture and home appliances, the Claska was renovated in 2008 and promises...
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1 Chome-9-1 Higashishinbashi, Minato-ku, Tōkyō-to 105-7337, Japan
Climbing above Shiodome Station and connected to Shimbashi Station, the Conrad reflects contemporary Japanese design. Traditional symbols and motifs like the gate and Japanese brush painting feature throughout the property. Each high-ceilinged...
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2 Chome-10 Sekiguchi, Bunkyō, Tokyo 112-0014, Japan
The flagship property of Japanese hospitality company Fujita Kanko, this 23-year-old hotel was run for two decades by Four Seasons before returning to its owner’s management in 2013. It sits in the garden of Chinzanso (meaning “villa...
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Japan, 〒100-6277 Tōkyō-to, Chiyoda-ku, Marunouchi, 1 Chome−11, 千代田区丸の内1丁目11−1 パシフィックセンチュリープレイス
Guests arriving by train can expect a memorable welcome: staff of this hotel located right by Tokyo Station, the terminal for Shinkansen, Narita Express, and all major Bullet trains, will meet visitors on their arrival platform and escort them to...
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Japan, 〒111-0034 Tōkyō-to, Taitō-ku, Kaminarimon, 2 Chome−16−11
Opened by a Japanese real-estate developer in August 2012, Gate Hotel is located in the district of Asakusa, a few steps from the historic Kaminarimon (Thunder Gate) of Sensoji temple, the oldest Buddhist temple in Tokyo. Asakusa has developed as...
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Japan, 〒100-8558 Tōkyō-to, Chiyoda-ku, Uchisaiwaichō, 1丁目1−1
This year marks the 125th anniversary of the Imperial Hotel. It first opened in 1890 as an unofficial state guesthouse, the country’s first fully western-style property built for the aristocracy to welcome the increasing number of foreign...
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Japan, 〒103-8328 Tōkyō-to, Chūō-ku, Nihonbashimuromachi, 2 Chome−1, 2-1-1
Filling the top nine floors of the Cesar Pelli–designed Nihonbashi Mitsui Tower, the Mandarin Oriental explores the themes of woods and water. It’s designed as a large, living tree, with the entrance at the bottom of the tower...
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1-1-1, 1丁目-1 丸の内 千代田区 東京都 100-0005, Japan
Opened in May 2012, and the anchor of a $1.2 billion mixed-use development, the 23-story Palace Hotel was built from the ground up, and it succeeds Hotel Teito and the Palace Hotel that occupied the same site from 1947 and 1961, respectively....
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Japan, 〒105-7227 Tōkyō-to, Minato-ku, Higashishinbashi, 1 Chome−7−7−1 汐留メディアタワー フロント25F
This hotel in the Shiodome area opened in 2003 under the concept of ART—atrium, restaurant, travel. It occupies 10 floors of the sleek, triangular Shiodome Media Tower, and pays homage to local traditions of nature with a 10-floor glass...
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3-7-1-2, 3丁目-7 西新宿 新宿区 東京都 163-1055, Japan
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...
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Japan, 〒107-6245 JP-13Minato-ku, Akasaka, 9 Chome−7, Tokyo Midtown 9-7-1 Akasaka Minato-ku Tokyo
This 248-room hotel in one of the city’s tallest skyscrapers—Roppongi’s glass-sheeted Tokyo Midtown—opened its doors in 2007. The property starts on the 45th floor and espouses classic European interiors. Four colorful...
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Japan, 〒100-8283 Tōkyō-to, Chiyoda-ku, Marunouchi, 1 Chome−8, 丸の内1-8-3 丸の内トラストタワー本館
The Hong Kong–based hotel company’s only property in Japan opened in 2009, occupying the top 11 floors of the Marunouchi Trust Tower Main Building. It offers direct access to Tokyo Station, the terminus of the Shinkansen bullet train...
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Japan, 〒100-0006 Tōkyō-to, Chiyoda-ku, Yūrakuchō, 1丁目8−1
Unlike most luxury hotels in Tokyo built inside mixed-use towers, the Peninsula is freestanding. In fact, it was the only stand-alone high-end hotel to be built in Tokyo for a decade, opening in 2007. The 24-story hotel is situated in the...
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Japan, 〒100-0005 Tōkyō-to, Chiyoda-ku, Marunouchi, 1 Chome−9, 千代田区丸の内1丁目9−1
Here’s a property with a fascinating history. A year after Tokyo Station opened in 1914, this European-style hotel with 58 rooms and banquet facilities welcomed its first guest. The destruction of the station roof by bombing during World War...
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Japan, 〒279-0032 Chiba-ken, Urayasu-shi, Chidori, 14
I am high above Tokyo at night in a helicopter somewhere near Roppongi. Excel Air Service offers a number of excellent helicopter cruising packages that allow you to experience Tokyo and Yokohama in a way no other method of transportation can—...
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Japan, 〒104-0045 Tōkyō-to, Chūō-ku, Tsukiji, 5 Chome−2−1
The Tsukiji Market is the world's largest seafood market, with more than 2,000 tons of seafood moving through it daily. There are two parts to the operation: the inner market, or jonai, accessible after 10 a.m., and the outer market, or jogai,...
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Tsukiji, Chūō, Tokyo 104-0045, Japan
On the way out the door to the Tsukiji Fish market, I tossed a CLIF bar in my bag. I had read somewhere that sushi is breakfast food in Japan and I had also read about the excellent places to pick up fresh sushi near the fish market (imagine such...
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Japan, 〒106-8558 Tōkyō-to, Minato-ku, Roppongi, 7 Chome−22−2
The glass waves on the exterior of The National Art Center of Tokyo are a hint of the towering, clean glass and concrete interior architecture. The museum has a welcoming interior filled with natural light, lounge chairs, and cafes. The building...
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Japan, 〒100-0005 Tōkyō-to, Chiyoda-ku, Marunouchi, 3 Chome−5−1
The Tokyo International Forum is a stunning architectural masterpiece of glass and steel truss designed as a multipurpose convention and event space by Uruguayan architect Rafael Viñoly. It was completed in 1996 on the site of the former Tokyo...
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The Metropolitan Area Outer Underground Discharge Channel (首都圏外郭放水路), also known as the G-Cans Project, is an underground water infrastructure project in Kasukabe, Saitama. It is the world's largest underground floodwater diversion facility, built...
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2301 Sannai, Nikkō-shi, Tochigi-ken 321-1431, Japan
Nikko Tosho-gu is a large Shinto shrine in Tochigi Prefecture just north of Tokyo. It is dedicated to the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate, Ieyasu Tokugawa, whose remains are entombed within. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it can be reached in...
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Japan, 〒106-6108 Tōkyō-to, Minato-ku, Roppongi, 6 Chome−11−1
Watching the sunset from Roppongi Hills was my favorite Tokyo experience. We bought tickets to the Mori Art Museum, which included entrance to the observation deck on the 52nd floor of Mori Tower. We payed 1500 yen ($17) for the museum and...
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Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
From the quiet of a monastery in Koyasan and the serene beauty of Mount Fuji to a winter's evening in Tokyo, there is quite the paradigm shift! Tokyo amazes, it takes your breath away, but it doesn't stop for you, it just sweeps you along for the...
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104-0061, Japan
The Ginza district is home to Tokyo's oldest and most prestigious shopping department stores and high-high end luxury retailers. Chuo-Dori, the main artery in the tony shopping district of Ginza, is worth a walk-down if you're drawn to streets...
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Tokyo, Japan
While visiting Tokyo, I was really happy to attend a traditional Kabuki performance at the Shimbashi Enbujo Theatre. I bought my tickets online before my arrival in Japan (at the box office, you must present the credit card that you purchased the...
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Japan, 〒150-0033 Tokyo, 渋谷区Sarugakucho, 17−5
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A short walk from Daikanyama Station is one of the metropolis's iconic bookstores, Tsutaya at T-Site. Designed by Klein Dytham Architecture, the Tsutaya bookstore is celebrated not only for the beauty of its three buildings but also for the...
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Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
Shibuya is a center of Japanese fashion, culture, color, noise, and light. Harajuku girls? They're in Shibuya. Manga? Find it in Shibuya. Biggest scramble crossing in the world? Sit at the Starbucks in Shibuya and marvel at the madness below. You...
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Japan, 〒101-0025 Tōkyō-to, Chiyoda-ku, Kanda Sakumachō, 1 Chome−1−6−5 アキバ・トリム 3F
Muji reigns supreme in clean Japanese design. Muji sells clothes, home goods, and furniture and has a deliberately simple approach to the way they design their products. The clean and pure design of Muji products has made it a beloved brand both...
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Japan, 〒603-8361 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Kita-ku, Kinkakujichō, 1
Built in the 14th century as a villa for a powerful shogun, Kinkaku-ji temple, commonly referred to as the Golden Pavilion, is an easy bus ride from the main bus terminal in Kyoto. The temple is one of the most popular buildings in...
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Arashiyama Genrokuzancho, Ukyō-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 616-0007, Japan
In western Kyoto, there is a very large forest of bamboo. As you can see in the photo, the shoots grow very tall, making those who stroll by look quite small. I'm sure there are times when this road is crowded, but when we were there, people were...
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294 Kiyomizu 1-chōme, Higashiyama-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 605-0862, Japan

Kiyomizu-dera on Mount Otowa is one of the most famous temples in Japan, a place that appears in every sequence of Japanese travel photos. The landscape is all cherry trees and forest; it is among Kyoto's loveliest spots. The current structure...

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68 Fukakusa Yabunouchichō, Fushimi-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 612-0882, Japan

Fushimi Inari Taisha on Inariyama mountain is dedicated to the Shinto gods of rice and sake, but Inari is also the god of merchants and that brings a lot of businesspeople to worship here. Everyone else stops by to see the thousands...

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Japan, 〒604-8054 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Nakagyō-ku, Higashiuoyachō, 富小路通四条上る西大文字町609番地
Nishiki is Kyoto's main food market and it is a delight for foodies. I spent a week in Kyoto and visited every day (sometimes more than once)! Inside the market is a temple, and before refrigeration, the temple was the source of cold water....