Tokyo

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Hotels

Ryumeikan Hotel

The Ryumeikan Hotel is a truly special place. It is one of the most stylish, welcoming and beautiful hotel in the city. It is one of Tokyo’s true boutique hotels. It is a small and intimate place with only about a dozen rooms. Each one is a triumph of design that combines the best features of Japanese design with all the western comforts. The rooms are spacious, tranquil and comfortable.

Palace Hotel Tokyo

With an incomparable view over the city and a unique, moat-side setting just opposite the Imperial Palace gardens, the Palace Hotel Tokyo is a haven of hospitality – serene, refined and imbued with understated luxury. Paying homage to a legacy that goes back over half a century, this completely reimagined modern masterpiece is a sophisticated celebration of its country’s culture and a tribute to Omotenashi – Japanese hospitality.

ANA InterContinental

ANA InterContinental mirrors the rich diversity of Tokyo. The dynamic buzz of the lobby calls to mind some of the city’s famous street scenes and the hotel’s exceptional food experiences reflects its world-class dining reputation. It is also a place where to relax thanks to the many local temples and shrines located in the close neighborhood.

Aman Tokyo

Atop a soaring tower just a few steps from Tokyo train station, the Aman Tokyo Hotel, which opened in 2016, is a quiet and opulent island in the sky. Perhaps more than any other luxury hotel in Tokyo, the Aman mirrors Japanese design and sensitivity. Both common areas and guest rooms are clean and uncluttered, which is welcome after spending all day walking among the crowded and busy chaos that is Tokyo.


The Otemachi Tower, 1-5-6 Ote-machi, Chiyoda-ku,
Tokyo, 100-0004
www.aman.com


Restaurants

L’Effervescence

The Effervescence in Omotesando, Tokyo, is a French two-star Michelin restaurant opened by the chef Shinobu Namae. Showcasing his creativity, chef Namae combines the art of French cuisine with the best of Japanese ingredients. In order to sublimate the ingredients’ original flavor, he often brings into play a wide variety of cooking styles. L’Effervescence offers a setting where people can gather and relax in a positive environment, enjoying a true culinary experience.

Azure 45

Led by chef Shintaro Miyazaki, Azure 45 offers a modern French cuisine in an upscale and creative fine-dining setting. Its name “Azure” comes from the view of the beautiful skyline and the Tokyo Bay from the window of the restaurant. Among the distinctive ingredients used by chef Miyazaki for his creative dishes, you can find fresh catches sourced from Yamaguchi’s Hagi market and Hokkaido.

Signature

Your heart skips a beat as you enter this French fine-dining restaurant with a breathtaking view. Under the watchful eye of the talented executive sous-chef Nicolas Boujéma, Signature’s enticing menu offers an array of authentic French dishes, subtly prepared with a distinctive contemporary flair. Dining areas are divided by silver partitions fashioned from carbon fibers, so the sunlight bathes the dining room by day, while at night the glittering city skyline provides the ultimate backdrop for this unforgettable dining experience.

L’Anneau d’Or

Chef Tanigawa Yasunobu, who trained in Paris and Switzerland, runs this elegant restaurant with his wife and cooks every dish himself. Specialties include soft-steamed egg in a cocotte with a truffle and foie gras sauce, Lacan pigeon with a light salmis sauce, and roasted Challans pigeon served with a Rouennaise sauce. The wine selection is very impressive with precious bottles and rare vintages from all regions of France.

Beige

Beige Tokyo was found in 2004 through the collaboration between the fashion brand Chanel and Alain Ducasse. The spirit of ‘simple and elegant’ is expressed in every detail of the cuisine and the decor. Indeed, Beige offers a refined French cuisine that makes the fullest possible use the finest Japanese ingredients: subtle, elegant and inspiring.

Joël Robuchon Restaurant

In the neighbourhood of Ebisu stands a French Château fully dedicated to Joël Robuchon culinary art. Decorated with beige and champagne-coloured interior, mirrors and crystals, the restaurant proposes a menu covering Joël Robuchon’s greatest classics, elaborated with the best products of the moment. An exceptional cuisine for an exceptional place, right in the heart of Tokyo.

Pachon

The Montpellier-born chef, André Pachon, has run the upscale French restaurant Pachon in Daikanyama, Tokyo for almost 30 years. He is one of the pioneers who introduced authentic French cuisine to Japan. Restaurant Pachon is appreciated by locals for its fine French cuisine and traditional dishes like the now famous “Cassoulet de Castelnaudary”. The great ambiance, the excellent wine list and the culinary savoir-faire guarantee a unique experience in Tokyo.

Tokoshima

Chef Tokoshima serves 20 different items of grilled chicken, from the standard – breast, wings, thigh – to the startling. Chef Tokoshima is a perfectionist who oversees the minutiae of the yakitori process. The simple seasoning – salt, black pepper and a splash of soy sauce – allows the natural flavours of the chicken to shine. It’s a beautiful, elegant restaurant, with a counter surrounding the kitchen, offering customers a close-up view of the master’s meticulous preparation of each and every kushi.

Sushi Mitani

Sushi Mitani is an exquisite restaurant where you can have a truly sensational gourmet journey. Chef Mitani specializes in offering a tasty seasonal variety, inspired by the traditional Edo cuisine with a touch of modern creativity. In addition, the restaurant’s sommelier will help you select the best sake or wine out of an impressive selection to complete your experience with style. Enjoy a true culinary bliss at this high-end sushi restaurant.

L’Osier

L’Osier is a French restaurant which was established in Ginza, Tokyo in 1973. Its superb decor was imagined by Pierre-Yves Rochon, a designer who is world-renowned for his luxurious creations. L’Osier’s traditions are carefully preserved by new executive chef Olivier Chaignon and his team as he seeks to further enhance the restaurant’s outstanding hospitality.


7-5-5 Ginza, Chuo-ku,
Tokyo 104-0061
losier.shiseido.co.jp


Drinks

Oriental Lounge

Lying just off the main lobby on the 38th floor, the Oriental Lounge is the nucleus of the hotel Mandarin. Meet friends or spend time on your own while enjoying the stunning city views. In the evening, they dim the lights and the sound of five music fills the staircase from the dining floor below. Candles warm up the mood whilst the spectacular city lights glitter on the floor from the ceiling glass windows.

Fratelli Paradiso

With its modern Italian cuisine, its bold but refined wine selection and its truly incredible staff this restaurant is the place to go for a cozy lunch near Omotesando.

Crescent

The Crescent is situated in an attractive Victorian-style building built in 1947 in the Minato quarter of Tokyo. The restaurant itself has been operating since 1968. The dining room has a lounge where to enjoy a drink before eating as well as an attractive view over the trees of the adjacent Shiba Park. Head chef Isogai Takashi comes from Niigata and graduated from the Tsuji Culinary School before working in restaurants in Tokyo and Fukuoka. Over a period of eleven years, he also worked for prestigious restaurants in Europe. Since 1997, he has been the head chef of the Crescent, which has held two stars in the Michelin guide since 2009.

Apollo

Named after Harlem’s Apollo Theater, this Ginza bar serves a respectable selection of Japanesewhiskies. Sit at the right end of the counter and look out for the collection of vintage bottles.


B1F, 8-2-15 Ginza, Chuo-ku,
Tokyo
http://theapollo.jp


Wine

Wine Shop Sommelier

Wine Shop Sommelier is a wine boutique featuring wines directly imported from the producers, allowing them to offer the highest quality wines at the most reasonable prices in Japan. Their specialists visit France, Italy, Chile, Spain and other countries and handpick the very best wines to bring them back to Japan.

Akasaka Yomo

Going strong since 1624, Yomo offers a very nice selection of sake and shochu on the first floor and an impressive collection of mainly French wines down in the basement.

Takashimaya

Takashimaya is a high-end department stores chain found throughout Japan, with many of them concentrated in Tokyo. Takashimaya welcomes a large number of customers every day in a dream-like decoration and elegant design, providing with the most refined shops in town. The department store launched its business at the end of the Edo Period and has built a strong reputation revolving around the quality of its products and services. With an average of 15 floors, all dedicated to specific lifestyles, Takashimaya is also renowned for its furnished and refined wine section which includes world famous Grands Crus as well as Japanese spirits.

La Vinée

La Vinée is Tokyo’s most famous French fine wines shop. Situated in the upscale Ebisu Garden Place, La Vinée certainly owns the widest collection of French Grands Crus in the city. Destined to connoisseurs looking for hidden gems, the shop provides with rare vintages of prestigious winemakers, available in different format from standard bottle to Jeroboam and more.


4-20-7 Ebisu Garden Place, Shibuya,
150-0013 Tokyo.
www.lavinee.jp


CULTURE

Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum

Founded back in 1926, this museum is Japan’s very first public art museum. It features a variety of special exhibitions, thematic showcases and art masterpieces from around the world. The building is designed by renowed Japanese architect Kunio Maekawa, and is an absolute highlight for those who appreciate design. The Museum aspires to be a “doorway to art,” open to all people for compelling art experiences—a place where children can visit, and budding artists can debut their works, without hesitation. The Museum strives to be “a haven for enrichment of the heart.”

Ryogoku Kokugikan

Also known as Ryōgoku Sumo Hall, Ryogoku Kokugikan is an indoor sporting arena located in the Yokoami neighborhood of Sumida. Among the six official tournaments of sumo held in Japan every year, three of them take place at Rygoku. The national wrestling sport of sumo is characterized by the size of the wrestlers and by two simple traditional rules: it is forbidden to move out of the circle (dohyo) and participants cannot touch the floor with anything other than their feet. The male wrestlers, called “rikishi”, wear a simple loincloth fastened around the waist and groin area. This is called a “mawashi” and is the only thing they are allowed to grasp during the fight.

Senso-Ji Temple

This Buddhist temple is in Asakusa. It is one of Tokyo’s most colorful and popular temples. Legend has it that in the year 628, two brothers fished a statue of Kannon, the goddess of mercy, out of the Sumida River. Even though they kept putting the statue back into the river, it always returned to them. Consequently, they built Sensoji nearby for the goddess Kannon. The temple was completed in 645, making it Tokyo’s oldest temple.

Tsukiji Outer Market

Tsukiji is the world’s largest and busiest fish market. The main reason for going there at 5 a.m. is to catch the live tuna auctions. Alongside the sushi counters and ramen shops you will find retail stores selling anything from fresh seafood and katsuobushi (bonito flakes) to traditional knives and ceramics. An essential pilgrimage for anyone with an interest in Japanese food culture or in search of affordable eating options.

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

The Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is the most beautiful green space in Tokyo. In late March and early April, during the cherry blossom season, the central lawn areas are particularly stunning. Consider bringing a picnic lunch. You can buy a variety of take-away items at the gourmet food hall in the basement level of the Takashimaya department store.

Happoen Garden

Located near Meguro’s Metropolitan Art Museum, Happoen is a hidden haven of peace in the middle of busy Tokyo. Literally meaning “the garden with the eight sceneries”, one can only agree that Happoen pleases the eye, never matter at which hour of the day or season of the year. The pond is the perfect spot to enjoy a cup of traditional Matcha tea, prepared by the very keepers of the garden.

Kabukiza Theatre

This is the principal theater in Tokyo for the traditional kabuki drama form. For this popular and specific Japanese genre, actors wear dramatic make-up. Daily performances begin in the morning and end at night. Throughout the day, acts from famous plays are performed as well as danced scenes, and a full play is performed in the evening. It is possible to buy a ticket for one act or one dance if you do not wish to stay the entire day at the theater.


Ginza 4-12-15, Chuo-ku,
Tokyo
www.kabukiweb.net


Walks & Leisure

Hottarakashi Onsen

The hot springs of Yamanashi offer much variety in terms of water temperature as well as mineral quality and diversity. Also, with springs situated at altitudes rising from 100m to 1400m above sea level, visitors can enjoy a range of different springs. This popular day spa looks down onto the Kofu Basin and out onto Mount Fuji. At night, visitors can enjoy night views and starry skies.

Mount Fuji

Rising above the clouds and the symbol of Japan, Mount Fuji has provided a spiritual basis for the Japanese since ancient times. This 12,380 ft high, dormant volcano is world renowned for its symmetry and serenity. Located between Yamanashi and Shizuoka, Mount Fuji is the main attraction of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. Tranquility in winter, when it’s covered in snow, vitality and energy in summer, the seasonal changes glorify this national treasure. From near or far, from the plane or the train, one cannot contemplate Mount Fuji without being amazed by its beauty.

Budo-no-oka Winery

Yamanashi is known as the biggest producer of grapes in Japan, and Katsunuma, located to the east of town, is the central area for this fruit, which was introduced by the Buddhist monk Gyoki 1,200 years ago. Today, many vineyards are scattered around Katsunuma. Wine has been made here since the late 19th century, and about 80 wineries produce their own wines today. Budo-no-oka Winery is one of the flagship wineries of Koshu. It is located on a hill and is surrounded by vineyards. In addition to a wine cellar, a shop, and a restaurant, it also offers fully- equipped accommodation.

Grape Festival

The Katsunuma Grape festival is an annual event that showcases the grape oriented produce from the region. With your glass you can taste the wines grape juices from 24 of the local wineries. The festival also features performances throughout the day which culminate in a spectacular, burning shrine gate on the mountain side with accompanying fireworks. Held on the first Sunday in October.

Fuji Golf Course

The Fuji Golf Course was opened in 1935 and is one of Japan’s most
renowned traditional golf courses. At this resort course, which skillfully
utilizes the terrain at the foot of Mount Fuji, enjoy the views of
the mountain and the natural world stretching out before your eyes.


Shopping & Craft

Markus

Markus is home to a fine array of Japanese objects of desire sourced from all across the country. The shop owner personally picks out everything in the shop and goes around the country to visit various craftspeople to learn about their unique products.

Ginza

Ginza is Tokyo’s most famous upmarket shopping, dining and entertainment district, featuring numerous department stores, boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, night clubs and cafes.

Yohei Fukuda

Yohei Fukuda is one of the most acclaimed Japanese bespoke shoes, boots and leather accessories makers for gentlemen today. Having formally trained in the craft and worked with several renowned British shoemakers, Mr. Fukuda initiated his private practice in 2008 following his return to Tokyo. His creations are offered in four lines, an order has to be placed in person in Tokyo.

Daimaru’s Kimono and Yukata

Most departing visitors leave town from Tokyo Station and usually go shopping to the Daimaru department store next door. The kimono shop on the 10th floor is not full of tourists; it’s where Japanese ladies come to order custom-made ensembles. The samples on display will take your breath away. The shop also stocks a full range of accessories — obi, hair combs, toe socks, thong sandals, purses, fans — all nice to look at.


1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku,
Tokyo
www.daimaru.co.jp


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