Written by Jack James
10 May 2023
Australians are flocking to Japan whether for enchanting snowfalls and powder skiing, canopies of cherry blossoms, or rich autumn colours. Tokyo is usually the first stop and a must to spend time in. Think steamy onsens, shopping in Ginza, matcha matcha matcha, shrines and culinary offerings.
Tokyo is a destination that really is like no other, so for a lavish stay in this futuristic city, try one of our favourite hotels.
Andaz has one of the best bars in Tokyo. Set on the top (52nd) floor on an open-air terrace, the views over this neon city stretch all the way to Tokyo Bay. Try the tea-infused cocktails for a very contemporary Japanese experience.
The tea experience even extends to the Ahh AO Spa with treatments such as kombucha tea facial. The rooftop bar also hosts an eight-seat sushi counter or if you want a patisserie or burger, these are on offer at street level.
The rooms in the hotel are large. On levels 47 to 50 the views are unsurpassed. Rooms in the skyscraper’s rounded corner offer five floor-to-ceiling windows curving around the room. This really is a truly funky hotel set in one of the tallest skyscrapers in the area.
This stylish hotel is one for fans of Lost in Translation to drool over. Located from the 39th to the 52nd floors in Shinjuku, the décor is elegant and timeless. If you’re lucky you may get a view to Mount Fuji but otherwise Shinjuku is still worth gazing over with a glass of bubbles in hand.
High above on the 47th floor is the Park Hyatt’s iconic pool and the divine spa is just two floors below. Spas in Japan mean all clothes off and a shower before entering.
To really experience Japanese culture, the spa is a must and you can dip into the pool afterwards for a bit of the Wim Hof method.
The hotel is flawless from the bergamot fragrance in the Aesop toiletries to the side beds with tucked, ironed sheets. Staying here and living out your Lost in Translation fantasies is pretty special.
Ginza is the place for designer shopping so save your feet and stay right in the heart on the famous Namiki Dori Street. The Hyatt Centric Ginza Tokyo once housed the head office of a national newspaper and links to its heritage are sprinkled throughout.
The entrance is impressive courtesy of being flanked by bonsai trees. Dining is at the NAMIKI667, which has an outdoor terrace and offers a stylish bar Roku gin that is infused with Japanese ingredients such as yuzu, cherry blossom and green tea.
The best room in the house is the 127-square-metre Namiki Suite which sits on level 12 and has a terrace overlooking the famed street. It also offers a teppan kitchen and dining room and a sumptuous bedroom.
If you’d like to be close to Tokyo’s Times Square for high-end shops like Rolex and Louis Vuitton and a short walk from the Tsukiji Fish Market, this is the place to stay.
The Grand Hyatt Tokyo is set in the Roppongi Hills multiuse complex and is dripping with 200 pieces of contemporary artwork. Set in an area with over 200 shops, restaurants, great bars and an amazing spa, you’ll want for nothing.
Basking in red granite, the indoor lap pool even features marble columns and hot tubs.
The Nagomi Spa is a must set by the pool with a host of fabulous Japanese treatments, but it’s the locker room that takes the cake with massage chairs and hot and cold onsen-type baths.
You’ll be spoilt for choice with seven different restaurants inside the hotel from teppanyaki to French, Italian and Chinese food on offer. There are also three different bars with the Maduro featuring live jazz, great whiskey and even cigars. Although this hotel is slightly less expensive than other Hyatt Hotels it still offers luxurious perfection in a happening part of Tokyo.