Tokyo is a city to get high in. We want to get up…up, UP to catch those views of the iconic red blinking lights and twinkling bustle far below. Luckily, Tokyo is also a city of towers, many of which are inhabited by hotels (and their restaurants) offering some of the most iconic and expansive views of Tokyo. Here are five of Hg2’s favourite hotels with a view in Tokyo.
Park Hyatt Tokyo
Who can forget the iconic opening scene of Lost in Translation, where Scarlett Johansson’s nearly-nude figure is outlined by the almost-dusk falling perfectly pink over Tokyo? We certainly wouldn’t mind being trapped in the Park Hyatt Tokyo with Bill Murray for a few days, anyway. Housed in the top 14 floors of the giant 52-storey Shinjuku Park Tower, the Park Hyatt’s 154 chic and spacious (big enough to fit a film crew!) guest rooms have views over Tokyo, especially Mount Fuji hovering behind the urban sprawl from the Park View rooms.
Situated in Ark Hills, the 37-storey ANA InterContinental boasts views over the imperial palaces in several directions and the Tokyo Tower just to the southeast. Even if you don’t want to splash the cash for a room here, the InterContinental’s restaurant – Pierre Gagnaire – ands its sleek MIXX Bar & Lounge have huge windows with plenty of space for view-gawking over a cocktail or dinner.
The Peninsula Tokyo
Its towering rose-tinted façade glows like a traditional Japanese lantern. Situated opposite the Imperial Palace, the Peninsula Tokyo was the first new build hotel in Tokyo in a decade when it opened in 2007. Its whopping 314 guestrooms (with views of the palace), two ballrooms, five restaurants, wedding chapel and Japanese ceremony room span 24 storeys, with the Peter bar and restaurant offering night views of Tokyo from circular dining pods.
Towering (pun very much intended) 40 storeys above colourful, neon-drenched Shibuya, the Cerulean Tower is easily the tallest building in the area and boasts some of the best views of any hotel in Tokyo. Though undoubtedly a business-friendly hotel, the Cerulean Tower’s Bello Viso bar is a great place to sip a cocktail while surveying the neon-lit night views across the city, while the airy Kanetanaka-So restaurant is good for a spot of gourmet dinner overlooking Tokyo.
The Conrad Tokyo is housed in the top floors of a 37-storey skyscraper that effortlessly blends into the sleek and gleaming skyline of the regenerated Shiodome area. Yes, it has Gordon Ramsay on the 28th floor, luxe business facilities and pretty much everything you could want, but it will still wow with its views more than anything else. Floor-to-ceiling windows do little to detract from the Conrad’s total gawping distraction: from sweeping vistas of Tokyo Bay to the twinkling skyscrapers that light up the city sky at night.
Have you stayed in any of these hotels? Know of an even better view than these? Please tell us about it in the comments below!