Travelling to the Japanese capital for work needn’t mean missing out on the city’s culture and style, no matter how little free time your schedule leaves you – as a visit to the Peninsula Tokyo, right at the heart of the business district, demonstrates
At the Peninsula Tokyo, a 24-storey tower of luxury located in the central business district of Marunouchi, you can expect unrivalled service, first-class dining and views over the Imperial Gardens. Let a smartly liveried chauffeur pick you up from the airport in a 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom – and then explore the local neighbourhood and Hibiya Park on a borrowed stand-up tricycle.
Travel writers often talk about having luxury at their fingertips. Here it can be said literally of the tastefully dressed accommodation, which is fit for an emperor. Discover discreet switches for every need in some of Tokyo’s biggest bedrooms, just as you’d expect in this forward-thinking capital. Hi-tech as the attention to detail is, it’s never intimidating. One touch of a lit-up button transforms the glamorous marble bathroom into a spa with a “ta-da” effect of Japanese classical music and soft lighting. The capacious dressing rooms are also a place of pure pampering. There’s a vent for drying newly painted fingernails and a magic cubby that acts like a butler: pop your laundry in by 10pm and find clothes freshly pressed by sunrise.
Peninsula Tokyo has chic form to match its clever functions, displaying hundreds of works by Japanese artists. Your senses are also treated to some of the finest flavours in town. The city embraces hotel restaurants, so most of your fellow diners in the venue’s five spaces will be Japanese. The sleek Yabu Pushelberg decor lends special-occasion gravitas. With privileged five-star access to some of the best tastes and sights in the city, you feel less of a tourist and more of a resident.
The Cantonese cuisine at Hei Fung Terrace is served amid atmospheric, authentic Chinese interiors – a subtle reminder of the heritage of the family that owns and runs Peninsula hotels. Classy and modern, Peter is the top-floor cocktail bar and grill restaurant where 40-day Japanese dry-aged striploin and melt-in-the-mouth wagyu await. Afternoon tea is also hugely popular, with musicians tinkling away from a balcony in the impressive wooden-slatted lobby. This senbon-goshi (“thousand-fingered”) latticework is inspired by the merchant houses of Kyoto.
For those looking to take home some of the secrets of Japanese cuisine, the hotel’s head chef, Teruyuki Kojima, hosts cookery classes in his pristine working kitchen. Guests can try their hand at making tempura, nigiri and maki wraps with the highest-quality ingredients, followed by a four-course lunch to digest what you’ve learnt. Just say the word and the nothing-is-too-much-trouble concierge service can arrange a tour of the world’s largest fish market, Tsukiji, too.
As well as polished perfection and a prime central location, Peninsula Tokyo – like all of its sister properties across the world – prides itself on giving its guests the best possible experience.
Peninsula Tokyo gallery
Deluxe rooms at Peninsula Tokyo start from ¥63,000 (£430) per night.
Return business-class flights with ANA direct from Heathrow to Tokyo Haneda are available from £3,447, including tax; return first-class flights cost from £10,450, including tax.
Juliet Kinsman is a luxury travel expert and founding editor of Mr & Mrs Smith. For more information visit julietkinsman.com