Japan’s largest city is a cultural experience that is unique in the world. This vast metropolis of 14 million people is a sophisticated mix of high technology, ultra-modern design, seamless transportation, and traditional Japanese culture. A visit to Tokyo will initially assault your senses. But you’ll soon get used to the pace of life in this orderly world of “salary men”, commuters and crowds. Your luxury hotel will become a haven: a place of serenity, from which you can venture out to explore the streets, alleys and parks of this incredible city. Among Tokyo’s selection of five star hotels you will find everything from opulent, marble-clad places offering the highest quality of service, right down to the tiny capsule hotels which you can rent by the hour. Japanese food is intricate, nutritious, and available almost everywhere in Tokyo. To join a throng of business people and shoppers for a small snack and a sip of saki in a tiny, crowded backstreet restaurant is one of the true pleasures of visiting Tokyo. We have selected a few of Tokyo’s best luxury hotels for you to consider.
Once you arrive at your luxury hotel in Tokyo, you won’t want to waste any time getting out and exploring the most innovative city in the world. Of course, the first thing you’ll notice when you arrive is the ultra-modern high rises. However, Tokyo has an outstanding balance between technology and culture, resulting in so much cool stuff to see and do. Here are seven of our top recommendations for your upcoming Tokyo trip.
Sake is a popular alcoholic beverage produced in Japan. It tastes slightly like white wine but has a distinct flavour, nonetheless. You can sample this unique beverage for yourself on a private tour of Tokyo’s oldest brewery in the beautiful Tama river valley. Here you’ll taste a range of popular sakes, learn about its cultural importance and then enjoy a gourmet Japanese lunch.
Tokyo’s skyline at night is a truly magnificent sight, and experiencing this bird’s eye view by helicopter makes for one of the most memorable and luxurious experiences. You’ll get to cruise past Tokyo Skytree (Japan’s tallest building,) hover over Tokyo Gate Bridge, and even see Mount Fuji in the distance.
Britain is known as the nation of tea lovers, but Japan can certainly rival their love of the hot beverage. A Japanese Tea Ceremony is a cultural ritual that represents harmony, respect, purity and tranquillity. You can experience this special event for yourself in Tokyo by booking a private 1-hour ceremony at Camellia tea house and garden.
The second best way to explore this bustling city is by boat, where you can escape the crowds and take in the sights with a glass of champagne in hand. Tokyo’s private luxury cruises feature a stylish open-air boat and include free-flowing champagne and pick up from your luxury hotel in Tokyo.
Alternatively, indulge in delicious French cuisine on the elegant Lady Crystal dinner cruise. Here, you’ll enjoy exquisite food and 5-star hospitality on a luxurious cruise ship as you admire the picturesque views of Tokyo at night.
An onsen is Japan’s version of a hot spring mineral bath. The minerals penetrate into the body to relieve physical and mental tension, which helps soothe sore muscles and relax busy minds. There are many bathing houses throughout Tokyo, but one of the best is Spa LaQua in Tokyo Dome City. This stylish complex is an outdoor-style spa with natural hot springs, saunas and warm, bubbly massage baths.
While it’s not hard to find good sushi in most Aussie cities these days, eating sushi in Japan is a whole other experience. You’ll find one of the best Japanese cuisines at the Michelin 3-star Sushi Yoshitake, owned by the renowned sushi chef Masahiro Yoshitake.
You’ll need to book in advance at this exclusive restaurant as it gets booked up quickly. It’s totally worth it, though, as chef Yoshitake and his team prepare your meal right in front of you, giving you the highest quality, freshest food and the most memorable dining experience.
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is one of Tokyo’s largest and most beautiful parks, which gives a much-needed break from the skyscrapers and traffic. It’s a lovely, peaceful place any time of the year. But, if you’re in the city during the Cherry Blossom season (March to April), these gardens are magnificent and, therefore, a must-visit.