The Best Hotels in Tokyo

Traditional architecture, food, and culture are on display in Tokyo’s top hotels. While five-star international brands dominate the scene, there are also many less-expensive accommodations run by local Japanese chains and operators, who offer levels of comfort commensurate with Tokyo’s image as a clean and modern city.
Collected by Afar Magazine
Photo courtesy of Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo
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Japan, 〒103-8328 TokyoChūō-ku, Nihonbashimuromachi, 2 Chome−1, 2-1-1 Nihonbashi Muromachi Chuo-ku
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...
Photo courtesy of Aman, Tokyo
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Japan, 〒103-8328 TokyoChūō-ku, Nihonbashimuromachi, 2 Chome−1, 2-1-1 Nihonbashi Muromachi Chuo-ku
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...
Photo courtesy of Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills
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Japan, 〒103-8328 TokyoChūō-ku, Nihonbashimuromachi, 2 Chome−1, 2-1-1 Nihonbashi Muromachi Chuo-ku
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 ...
Photo courtesy of ANA InterContinental
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Japan, 〒103-8328 TokyoChūō-ku, Nihonbashimuromachi, 2 Chome−1, 2-1-1 Nihonbashi Muromachi Chuo-ku
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,...
Photo courtesy of Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel
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Japan, 〒103-8328 TokyoChūō-ku, Nihonbashimuromachi, 2 Chome−1, 2-1-1 Nihonbashi Muromachi Chuo-ku
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,...
Photo courtesy of Claska
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Japan, 〒103-8328 TokyoChūō-ku, Nihonbashimuromachi, 2 Chome−1, 2-1-1 Nihonbashi Muromachi Chuo-ku
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...
Photo courtesy of Conrad, Tokyo
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Japan, 〒103-8328 TokyoChūō-ku, Nihonbashimuromachi, 2 Chome−1, 2-1-1 Nihonbashi Muromachi Chuo-ku
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...
Photo courtesy of Hotel Chinzanso
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Japan, 〒103-8328 TokyoChūō-ku, Nihonbashimuromachi, 2 Chome−1, 2-1-1 Nihonbashi Muromachi Chuo-ku
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...
Photo courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi
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Japan, 〒103-8328 TokyoChūō-ku, Nihonbashimuromachi, 2 Chome−1, 2-1-1 Nihonbashi Muromachi Chuo-ku
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...
Photo courtesy of The Gate Hotel Asakusa Kaminarimon
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Japan, 〒103-8328 TokyoChūō-ku, Nihonbashimuromachi, 2 Chome−1, 2-1-1 Nihonbashi Muromachi Chuo-ku
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...
Photo courtesy of Imperial Hotel
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Japan, 〒103-8328 TokyoChūō-ku, Nihonbashimuromachi, 2 Chome−1, 2-1-1 Nihonbashi Muromachi Chuo-ku
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...
Photo courtesy of Palace Hotel, Tokyo
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Japan, 〒103-8328 TokyoChūō-ku, Nihonbashimuromachi, 2 Chome−1, 2-1-1 Nihonbashi Muromachi Chuo-ku
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....
Photo courtesy of Park Hotel, Tokyo
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Japan, 〒103-8328 TokyoChūō-ku, Nihonbashimuromachi, 2 Chome−1, 2-1-1 Nihonbashi Muromachi Chuo-ku
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...
Photo courtesy of Park Hyatt, Tokyo
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Japan, 〒103-8328 TokyoChūō-ku, Nihonbashimuromachi, 2 Chome−1, 2-1-1 Nihonbashi Muromachi Chuo-ku
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...
Photo courtesy of Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo
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Japan, 〒103-8328 TokyoChūō-ku, Nihonbashimuromachi, 2 Chome−1, 2-1-1 Nihonbashi Muromachi Chuo-ku
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...
Photo courtesy of Shangri-La, Tokyo
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Japan, 〒103-8328 TokyoChūō-ku, Nihonbashimuromachi, 2 Chome−1, 2-1-1 Nihonbashi Muromachi Chuo-ku
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...
Photo courtesy of Peninsula, Tokyo
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Japan, 〒103-8328 TokyoChūō-ku, Nihonbashimuromachi, 2 Chome−1, 2-1-1 Nihonbashi Muromachi Chuo-ku
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...
Photo courtesy of Tokyo Station Hotel
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Japan, 〒103-8328 TokyoChūō-ku, Nihonbashimuromachi, 2 Chome−1, 2-1-1 Nihonbashi Muromachi Chuo-ku
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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