This metropolis of spectacular skyscrapers has reached new heights of sophistication and is regarded as one of the leading global cities. At the cutting-edge of innovation, Tokyo remains the most stimulating destination for the world’s elite.
Tokyo pushes the boundaries of 21st Century living with futuristic design and ancient history inviting you to explore a fascinating juxtaposition of old and new.
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A Futuristic City with Ancient Origins & High-Tech Innovative Culture
Tokyo pushes the boundaries of 21st Century living with futuristic design and ancient history inviting you to explore a fascinating juxtaposition of old and new. To discover the ancient ambience of historic Tokyo, the many early shrines and temples set within scenic Japanese landscape gardens throughout the city offer serene and beautiful places to reflect, away from the buzz of the inner city. The oldest and most legendary temple is the Senso-ji Temple at Asakusa, completed in AD645. Here two colourful Buddhist shrines and an ornate Pagoda offer the most authentic, tranquil view of traditional Japanese history.
Regarded as the historical, geographical and spiritual heart of Tokyo, The Tokyo Imperial Palace has been a monumental landmark since 1888 and remains the residence of the emperor of Japan and the Imperial Family. Famed as much for the exquisite natural beauty of its grounds and gardens as it is for its historic significance, twice a year in January and December you can enter the inner grounds of the Palace to watch the customary tradition of the Imperial family making special public appearances from the balcony. For the best insight into the history of Tokyo, the Edo Tokyo Museum is a world-renowned museum dedicated to detailing the most in-depth précis of the city’s history, art, culture and architecture. The Special exhibition gallery exhibits several uniquely curated exhibitions throughout the year, offering you not only an astute portrayal of the lives of the city’s inhabitants from its birth to the present day, but also an intriguing projection of its future direction.
Tokyo boasts the most innovative fashion, design and technology found anywhere in the world, with an abundance of modern art galleries and revolutionary shopping experiences cementing its prominence at the cutting edge of consumer and visual culture. Due to the progressive, ephemeral nature of Tokyo, it is impossible to see and do everything the city has to offer. However, one of the most prolific events on Tokyo’s cultural calendar, and one which you will not want to miss, is an impressive firework display held on the Sumida River every summer. Displaying a magnificent spectacle of colour and light, the dynamic illumination of the night sky is known for mesmerising the millions of spectators who gather along the banks of the river or, for the best views, cruise in boats on the river or observe from skyscraper restaurants and bars.
No matter what your artistic preference, Tokyo has art galleries to engage with all levels of creativity, and the contemporary art scene is emerging as a particularly outstanding attraction. With so many galleries to choose from, a good place to start is the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, a charming artistic hideaway exhibiting a captivating selection of work from internationally renowned artists in a number of temporary exhibitions throughout the year. If you are keen to explore the contemporary art scene further, the Taka Ishii Gallery and SCAI The Bathhouse are also among the most prestigious galleries in Toyko.
If you wish to immerse yourself in the most pioneering shopping environment in the world, shopping in Tokyo is an essential cultural experience. Tokyo has refined shopping into somewhat of an urban art form, with ground-breaking fashion pulsating at the heart of the city. The finest international luxury brands can be found in the stylish area of Ginza, a prefecture of Tokyo comparable to the cachet of Fifth Avenue in New York or Knightsbridge in London. However, to discover the best high-end Japanese designer brands, the Aoyama district is home to the likes of Yohji Yamamoto, Comme des Garçons and Issey Miyake, and for serious fashionistas, Japan Fashion Week is an unmissable biannual event held in Tokyo, showcasing Japan’s latest fashion creations to the rest of the world.
A Beacon of Night-Time Energy
The nightlife in Tokyo encompasses an incredible variety of bars and clubs exuding an energy and enthusiasm to rival any of the world’s major capital cities. As the sun sets and the neon cityscape comes to life, Tokyo excels in after-dark entertainment. As the official restaurant and bar of Fashion TV, F Bar is the best place to party with Tokyo’s stylish international crowd. Sipping delicious cocktails to the resonance of upbeat music, everything about F Bar exudes a sense of modern sophistication, enabling you to enjoy a sparkling atmosphere whilst lounging in ultimate luxury.
For unrivalled 360-degree panoramic views of the scintillating Tokyo skyline, Vanity Lounge is one of the most breathtaking venues in the city. Regarded as a top-class restaurant and bar by day and a glamorous lounge by night, Vanity offers excellent provisions for VIPs and private parties. Regularly hosting globally renowned DJs and providing karaoke rooms for fun in more intimate environs, you will not find a better place for night-time entertainment in Tokyo.
The Pinnacle of Fine Japanese Cuisine
Indisputably one of the finest international gourmet cities in the world, the exciting and varied world of Japanese cuisine reaches its highest peaks in Tokyo. With an emphasis on staying true to traditional values, the Aragawa restaurant offers a classic atmosphere where you can escape the crowds and dine in timeless comfort. Best known for its signature dish, the carefully selected and charcoal-broiled Sanda Beefsteak, the bounties of nature can be tasted in every dish.
Nihonryori RyuGin is renowned for the imaginative application of modern cooking techniques to classic dishes. If you wish to appreciate the delicacy and beauty of Japanese gastronomy, the Nihonryori RyuGin restaurant prides itself on intense depths of flavour from premium ingredients.
A trip to Tokyo would not be complete without dining at Sukiyabashi Jiro, widely regarded as the best sushi restaurant in the world. Made by the hands of Japan’s legendary living national treasure, sushi master Jiro Ono. The freshest seafood of the season is transformed into intricate works of art, making Sukiyabashi Jiro’s the most celebrated sushi lover’s delight.
Located on the ninth floor of Ginza’s Juno building, Sushi Mizutani serves sushi at its finest, and most austere. With only ten seats in the restaurant, reservations are required months in advance, yet once in the restaurant, you can expect a unique, high-quality dining experience, sampling sushi where tastes and flavours are in their purest form.
Blending Tradition with Modernity
Home to some of the highest rated luxury hotels in the world, whether you prefer traditional grandeur or futuristic modernity, the choices in Tokyo never cease to amaze. If you seek a smart hotel for a business stay, the widely acclaimed Grand Hyatt Hotel is renowned for its exceptional business amenities as well as relaxing spa facilities and high-class, authentic gastronomy. Ideally located in Roppongi, the Grand Hyatt places you right in the heart of the Tokyo’s vibrant business, commercial, and entertainment districts, providing a well-situated base for you to venture from.
Also providing breathtaking views of the city, the rooms and suites of the stunning Mandarin Oriental Hotel capture the essence of Japanese style and design, merging futuristic luxury with a calming sense of space. If you are looking for a relaxing stay, the Mandarin Oriental has some of the best spa facilities in Tokyo, making it the perfect place to enjoy a serene, luxurious retreat.
The Peninsula Hotel stands opposite the Imperial Palace, blending tradition and technology with style and comfort. Boasting state-of-the-art technological facilities, every amenity in the hotel is convenient and user friendly, with an in-house team of planners ready to organise guest events from business meetings to parties, surpassing all business and leisure requirements.
Located in one of the most dramatic skyscrapers in Tokyo, you will not find a better place to view and absorb the international culture of the city’s sophisticated Roppongi District than from a room in The Ritz Carlton Hotel. With an ambience that expresses warmth and modernity, the magnificent sky lobby on 45th floor and the six sensational restaurants at the Ritz-Carlton invite you to stay at the height of elegant luxury above the bustling streets of Tokyo.