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Tokyo Imperial Palace
Just minutes from the Hotel, the home of Japan’s reigning emperor is at the top of everyone’s list when visiting the capital. While the palace itself is not open to public, it’s an exquisite place for a long stroll to take in the serenity of the surroundings and beauty of nature throughout the seasons. Walk around the large outer palace grounds and take note of the Nijubashi bridges over the moat that protects the inner palace. Or, head on directly to the East Gardens and make sure to visit Ninomaru, a Japanese-style garden.
Avoid unpredictable ticketing queues and head straight into the main attraction upon arrival to the Palace by letting us pre-arrange your tickets.
BOOKINGS: Guided visits are also available. For more details or to pre-arrange tickets, please inquire with the concierge
Senso-Ji Temple, located in one of Tokyo’s oldest districts
Tokyo’s eldest temple with nearly 1400 years of history is located in the historic Asakusa district. First, stop to take a photo at the iconic outer Thunder gate and admire the magnitude of the lantern which hangs prominently. Next, make your way through Nakamise, the shopping street leading to the temple’s inner gate beyond which you will find the main hall and a five-story pagoda. Don’t miss the Asakusa Shrine built in 1649 before heading out.
While the neighborhood was largely re-built over the years, we recommend meandering the streets on foot to get a feel for Tokyo’s leading entertainment area of the Edo period, when it acquired its infamous reputation as the home of kabuki theatres and the red light district. Rickshaws, a Japanese invention dating back to the 1800s, is a tradition that is still very much alive in Asakusa. Hire one for a comfortable and personal tour of the neighborhood while your feet and body get the rest they deserve.
Dinner at MOTIF
Our city is the ultimate foodie paradise and there simply isn’t enough time to try everything. Yet, we think our very own restaurant – MOTIF – offering a cuisine otherwise unavailable in Tokyo is a must. Yes! We admit to being biased here, but also genuinely believe this to be true.
Under the culinary direction of Hokkaido-based, celebrity Chef Hiroshi Nakamichi, whose hometown restaurant is the recipient of three Michelin stars, a meal at MOTIF lets you experience the seasonal bounty originated from the unspoilt nature of his native island. While the locally-grown Hokkaido ingredients of the moment are the hero of each dish, they are prepared using impeccable French technique resulting in a food experience that is authentic, yet unreplicated anywhere else. Something that must be discovered!
Bookings: Reservations are recommended due to limited seating. For more details, please inquire with the concierge.
Kaiseki dinner aboard a yakatabune boat
After a busy day scouting the city’s best sights, nothing beats a relaxing dinner aboard a traditional Japanese-style wooden boat. Make yourself at home and sink into the recessed seats – zashiki seating as it is called here – while admiring the city views as the boat cruises down the Sumida River into Tokyo Bay and your home-style kaiseki (multi-course) dinner is served. Catch an earlier cruise to get river views at the twilight hour, making for stunning photos and leaving plenty of time for a night cap at one of the city’s notorious cocktail bars.
Bookings: Must be made one week in advance and subject to availability. For more details, please inquire with the concierge.