The Best Luxury Hotels in Tokyo

Sakura trees line the moats of Chidorigafuchi, attracting visitors throughout the year
Sakura trees line the moats of Chidorigafuchi, attracting visitors throughout the year | © Kartik Gupta / Alamy Stock Photo
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Impossibly high towers overlooking a sea of glittering lights. Gourmet sushi restaurants serving up delicate sheets of tuna sashimi. Muscle-melting public baths; serene tea lounges; elaborate breakfast buffets. Tokyo nails indulgence like few others can, so it’s no surprise that the city’s luxury hotels are some of the most glamorous, pampering and stylish on Earth. Whether you’re after somewhere buzzy to see and be seen or a discreet, celeb-worthy hideaway, here are the best luxury hotels in the capital of Japan.

1. Hoshinoya Tokyo

Boutique Hotel, Ryokan

A woman walks behind a screen past a stylish dining room with a large wood table and shelves with dishes at Hoshinoya Tokyo
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Modelled after a traditional Japanese ryokan (inn), Hoshinoya has an intimate feel unlike many of the other best hotels in Tokyo. Tatami mat floors line the hallways and bedrooms (you remove your shoes on arrival); the rooftop onsen-style bath feels almost meditative; the basement restaurant with private dining rooms turns out exceptional Japanese-French cuisine. Optional activities, from sake tastings to tea ceremonies, sumo training viewing to gagaku musical performances, give insight into Japanese culture.

2. Aman Tokyo

Chain Hotel, Luxury

A hotel room with floor-to-ceiling windows, a black sofa and two single beds
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You won’t want to leave the spa at Aman Tokyo. Besides the exceptional treatments, including world-best massages and Shinto purification rituals, the mirror-like pool overlooking the city is a perfectly tranquil place to watch the sky turn sunset-pink. Rooms are dressed in contemporary Japanese stylings, with light woods, crisp white sheets and sliding shoji paper doors. Sample a parade of traditionally prepared Tokyo Bay sushi – omakase-style – at eight-seater Musashi by Aman.

3. The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo

Spa Hotel, Hotel

A large lobby with floor-to-ceiling windows that look out over a skyline
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Set in the heart of Roppongi, electric with nightlife, shopping and some of the city’s finest wagyu restaurants, the Ritz-Carlton has jaw-dropping views across Tokyo – the 45th-floor lobby lounge alone will have you reaching for your camera. Neighbouring Tokyo Tower, one of the capital’s landmarks with its orange Eiffel Tower-esque façade, is right outside your window when you dine at Michelin-starred Azure 45; even the pool brings vistas over the cityscape.

4. Hotel New Otani Tokyo

Hotel

A dining table looks out over a waterfall and large, green garden
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This massive hotel feels like its own city in the middle of Tokyo. Built near the Imperial Palace to accommodate guests visiting the 1964 Olympic Games, the Hotel New Otani Tokyo contains nearly 1500 rooms, more than 30 dining options and a mall’s worth of retailers. On top of this, you’ll find a post office, dentist, doctor and hairdresser, a spa and a summer pool, as well as immaculately curated gardens dating back 400 years, complete with a waterfall and ponds flush with koi fish.

5. Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi

Hotel

A white and grey hotel room that looks out over the bullet train
Courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi / Expedia
The boutique size and homely decor make the Four Seasons Hotel Marunouchi cosier than many of Tokyo’s glitzier luxury hotels. There are only 57 rooms and one restaurant on this five-star property. Taking up the third to seventh levels of a relatively small high-rise in the upmarket Marunouchi area, this comfortable hotel invites you to marvel at the hive of activity below. In fact, the Four Seasons sits right next to the bustling Tokyo Station — book the complimentary platform pick-up so you don’t get lost in the maze of platforms and tunnels.

6. Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo

Hotel

Am empty restaurant in a hotel overlooking the Tokyo skyline
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Set northeast of central Tokyo station, near the swish Ginza shopping district and rambling grounds of the Imperial Palace, the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo has a glossy, international appeal to it, suitable for business travellers as much as those seeking leisure. The amenities are crowd-pleasing too, especially if you have children in tow, with a pizza bar on the 38th floor and spa treatment rooms overlooking the city for parental downtime.

7. The Peninsula Tokyo

Spa Hotel, Hotel

An indoor swimming pool surrounded by sun loungers
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With architecture inspired by a rose-coloured lantern, abstract calligraphic artworks on the walls and views over the Imperial Palace across the road, this luxury hotel has Japanese tradition woven into its design. The Peninsula’s central Yurakucho location close to the high-end stores of Ginza. Inside, you’ll find 314 decadent rooms and suites, a rooftop restaurant, two ballrooms and a wedding chapel. The signature fleet of green Rolls-Royces brings an added touch of glamour.

8. InterContinental ANA Tokyo

Hotel

A grey hotel room with a white double bed, sofa and, in the background, a study
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If you’re feeling tired after a day of exploring (and even if you aren’t), InterContinental ANA has an array of dining options worth staying in for: a gourmet Pierre Gagnaire French restaurant; a teppanyaki steak spot and a swish sushi bar are just a few of the offerings. There’s a hefty choice when it comes to rooms, too – with 844 of them, you can choose between creamy-hued Executive Deluxes looking out to Tokyo Tower and the Imperial Palace, or elaborate suites in hues of grey and gold.

9. Conrad Tokyo

Hotel

A bar in a hotel, with drinks stacked on tall shelves
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Next door to Hamarikyu Gardens, one of Tokyo’s most atmospheric landscaped green spaces, the Conrad keeps things classically luxurious with wood and white rooms and gentle botanical print on carpets. The buzzy bar space, overlooking the city below and steely Tokyo Bay, is a meeting place for locals and visitors alike, while the China Blue restaurant is a moodily lit space perfect for a romantic dinner, chased down with a bottle from the walk-in cellar.

10. Grand Hyatt Tokyo

Hotel

Elevators in a hotel, with red walls and two sculptures in the hall
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Calling all shopaholics: the Grand Hyatt is next door to Roppongi Hills, one of Tokyo’s best spots for luxury togs and homewares. After an afternoon hitting the boutiques, retire to a soothing, neutral-hued room with large windows that let you look out to the sunset. When nightcap hour approaches, pull up a seat in the dramatic Maduro bar and listen to live jazz while draining a rare whisky and nibbling on wagyu and caviar.

For a truly authentic stay in Japan’s capital, book one of the best ryokans in Tokyo now through Culture Trip. For more stunningly stylish options, see the best boutique hotels in Tokyo. If you’re not wanting to break the bank, discover our guide to the best cheap hotels in Tokyo. Heading elsewhere? Check out the best hotels in Japan and book now on Culture Trip.

This is an updated version of an article originally by Tom Smith.

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