Tokyo at Otemachi

Local Gems: Our Guide To Japan's Capital

Soaring above the dynamic Otemachi district and adjacent to the Imperial Palace, Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Otemachi is a perfectly positioned home base to discover the endless fascinations of Tokyo – and beyond. Ours is a city of intriguing contrasts and distinct neighbourhoods, and we want you to experience it like we do. To get you started on your Tokyo adventure, we asked our in-the-know Four Seasons team to share their top picks.

WHERE OUR PASTRY CHEF FINDS INSPIRATION

– Michele Abbatemarco, Pastry Chef at est

“The neighbourhood of Omotesando is an absolute delight – I’ve lived here ever since I moved to Tokyo 15 years ago. I love to stroll down the sophisticated streets lined with boutique stores and modern buildings that are like works of art. There’s always something new to discover at Spiral, which houses everything from art exhibits to cafés. Don’t miss out on the flower art installation gallery by Azuma Makoto, a renowned Japanese floral artist.”

Aerial view of Capa Gin Tonic cocktails in glasses with ice, edible flowers, raspberries, lime

WHERE OUR DIRECTOR OF ROOMS GETS HIS GIN ON

– Hideki Igarashi, Director of Rooms

“A night out for me almost always begins at Cocktails Works. This is one of Tokyo’s most legendary gin bars – and with good reason. You can try over 150 varieties of craft gin, including one-of-a-kind local gins. I recommend Wabijin, an aromatic gin finished with Damask rose, or shochu-based gin, a thoroughly Japanese invention. Just a 15-minute walk from our Hotel, this lively bar is a must-visit for gin lovers.”

AN ARTISTIC ROUTE FROM OUR EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

– Rika Miura, Executive Assistant

“My perfect day begins in Ginza at Kyukodo, a centuries-old specialty store that stocks beautiful Japanese paper, calligraphy supplies, incense and handicrafts. From here, head up Ginza’s chuo dori ('middle street') to Nihonbashi, where you will find Kamiya Art. This Japanese art gallery showcases avant-garde calligrapher Yuichi Inoue, as well as up-and-coming local artists. What makes it extra-special is the atelier, where you can interact with craftsmen and have artwork framed or repaired.”

OUR CHIEF CONCIERGE’S FAVOURITE DAY TRIP

– Sanae Abe, Chief Concierge

“Just an hour by train from Tokyo, Kamakura brings together mountains and sea, and is filled with lovely walks. Hike through bamboo forests, wander from shrine to temple, then follow the trail to the local produce market. I love to have breakfast or lunch at Kishin. Their Japanese-style dishes are simple yet delicious. (Reservations are a must!) Stop by Hase Temple for serene views over the bay: breathe deeply and feel a sense of calm wash over you.”

WHERE OUR PASTRY SOUS CHEF RAISES HER GAME

– Yukie Noguchi, Pastry Sous Chef

“My happy place is Kappabashi, Tokyo’s restaurant supply store mecca. This wide street is lined with shops stocking everything from superb Japanese knives to beautiful ceramics. Our Four Seasons team frequents KAMA-ASA, which carries some of the finest kitchen tools in the country. If you’re a pastry lover like me, check out Okashino Mori ('confectionary forest') for baking and wagashi supplies, and Majimaya Kashi Dogu for cookie cutters in Japanese-inspired shapes like sakura petals.”

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