The New Normal – Tokyo’s new Hotel Highlights

From Four Seasons and EDITION, to Okura and Aloft - here are the luxury highlights

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When travel returns Tokyo is ready and waiting with a staggering range of new accommodation options. In 2020 an incredible 80+ new hotels opened in the capital hoping to welcome international guests for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Add to this, 50 additional new hotels in 2021, not to mention the hotel upgrades and renovations which are too numerous to mention.

Omotenashi, Japan’s hospitality and customer service has been ramped up to new heights due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as hoteliers strive to give guests a safe, clean and comfortable stay in their home-away-from-home. With a blend of high-tech innovation and traditional attention-to-detail, the warm welcome from Tokyo’s hoteliers is something to look forward to!

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Among the new properties are a multitude of concept hotels, from budget to luxe, apartment hotels and a range of high-end luxury properties. Here are some of the new notable highlights not to miss when travel resumes.

The Okura Tokyo Re-opened September 2019 (Luxury Hotel)

The Okura Tokyo

A grand hotel reimagined and recreated with respect for the DNA of this Tokyo icon. The 1962 built historic main wing of the Hotel Okura was demolished in 2015, with a modern replacement on the site opened in 2019, rebranded as The Okura Tokyo. The hotel opened two new towers, with a total of 508 rooms, The Okura Prestige Tower, with 368 modern international hotel rooms and 18 levels of office space. The Okura Heritage Tower, a 17-level tower with 140 traditional Japanese guestrooms. Whether staying in the new skyscraper hotel, the Prestige Tower or the Japanese aesthetic of the Heritage Wing, the Okura Tokyo has reimagined traditional Japanese harmony in the centre of the city. Learn more.

Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Otemachi Opened September 2020 (Luxury Hotel)

©Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Otemachi

This new property soars above the heart of the capital offering expansive Imperial Palace views and putting you at centre stage, from sky-high gourmet meals on the rooftop terrace to gala business and social events at Tokyo’s best address. Learn more.

Kimpton® Shinjuku TokyoOpened October 2020 (Luxury Hotel)

Kimpton Shinjuku Tokyo

Kimpton® Shinjuku Tokyo combines a style and ethos inspired by New York’s arts scene with exquisitely-detailed Japanese handcrafted artisanal traditions. The result is a curated canvas with intricate interiors that are guaranteed to inspire. Close to the iconic Shibuya crossing, the hotel sits in the heart of fashionable Shinjuku. Learn more.

Tokyo EDITION ToranomonOpened September 2020 (Luxury Hotel)

Tokyo EDITION Toranomon

Conveniently located near the subway stations of Kamiyacho, Roppongi-Itchome and Toranomon, the hotel is steps away from Tokyo’s best neighbourhoods and attractions. Designed by Kengo Kuma with the vision of Ian Schrager, all 206 guestrooms at The Tokyo EDITION, Toranomon offer a breathtaking glimpse of the Tokyo skyline including views of Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Bay, as do the first-of-its-kind accommodation with private terraces starting from level 31. Learn more.

Yuen Bettei DaitaOpened September 2020 (Modern take on traditional onsen ryokan accommodation)

Yuen Bettei Daita

Located in trendy Shimokitazawa, an area known for unique fashion and culture (popular with international visitors), Yuen Bettei Daita brings the comfort of a countryside hot spring experience right into the city. Modern Japanese style, beautifully appointed guestrooms have tatami and wooden flooring and western-style beds. Learn more.

Aloft Tokyo GinzaOpened October 2020 (Contemporary Hotel)

Aloft Tokyo Ginza

Conveniently set in Tokyo’s Ginza, the hip modern property Aloft Tokyo Ginza has all the expected modern amenities complete with a 24-hour fitness centre and a rooftop bar selling hot dogs. The hotel is within walking distance of many Ginza highlights, including the Ginza Six and many other main Ginza Department stores and shopping centres. Learn more.

THE AOYAMA GRAND HOTELOpened August 2020 (Luxury Hotel)


Set in Tokyo’s fashionable upmarket neighbourhood of Aoyama, built on the former Bell Commons site, this property is decorated in mid-century style. Conveniently located, the spacious rooms (entry-level standard rooms 30 square-metres) overlook the cityscape, next to Gaienmae subway station, handy to Omotesando, and the bustle of Shibuya Station around 10 minutes away. This property promises to be a new Tokyo landmark. Learn more.

And here are some upcoming highlights:

Bulgari Hotel TokyoScheduled opening late 2022, early 2023 (Luxury Hotel).

Japan’s first Bvlgari Hotel in Tokyo is scheduled to open in late 2022. The hotel will occupy the top seven floors – 39th-45th – of an ultra-skyscraper near Tokyo Station. Bvlgari Hotel Tokyo will be located in a central and convenient area, within walking distance to the Imperial Palace, the vibrant shopping areas like the Ginza and beside the financial districts of Nihombashi and Marunouchi making it an ideal destination for business and leisure. As with all Bvlgari Hotels this 98-guestroom masterpiece is being designed by Italian architectural firm Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and promises magnificent craftsmanship and artistic detail to create efficient living spaces reflecting the essence of the Italian most sophisticated style. Learn more.

Tokyo EDITION GinzaScheduled opening 2022 (Luxury Hotel)

Following the successful launch of the first Japanese EDITION hotel with The Tokyo EDITION, Toranomon in 2020 – the opening of The Tokyo EDITION, Ginza is slated for 2022. The Tokyo EDITION, Ginza will be situated just of Chuo Street, one of the largest upscale entertainment and shopping destinations in the city. The newly constructed property will include 86 guestrooms and suites, three food and beverage destinations including a rooftop bar, together with meeting studio and a state-of-the-art fitness centre. Learn more.

To learn more about Tokyo Accommodation, from the most popular hotels to new and boutique concept hotels, download Tokyo Tokyo’s easy-to-use Tokyo Accommodation Guide here.

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