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What We Love

  • A classic martini at the Orchid Bar, a retro-chic souvenir from the property’s past life
  • Dyson Supersonic hair-dryers in guest bathrooms
  • Kimono-clad hotel staff
  • Central Tokyo views from the full-sized swimming pool

What To Know

  • The hotel’s legendary predecessor opened doors in 1962, two years before the first Tokyo Olympics
  • The property’s refurbished lobby and restaurants were designed by Yoshio Taniguchi, son of the architect who conceived the original
  • The closest metro stop, Kamiyacho, is just a six-minute walk away
  • A selection of guest rooms in the Okura Heritage section are equipped with balconies

Amenities

  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Restaurant
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Overview

Reincarnated mid-century Japanese icon, now home to Japan's largest hotel suite and a pair of glass high-rises

The Lowdown

Successfully updating a beloved national landmark takes a rare combo of reverence and innovation. Taniguchi Jr. (whose design portfolio includes the 2004 reboot for New York’s Museum of Modern Art) upheld his father’s architectural legacy by restoring the property’s distinctive lobby, dressing the space with hexagonal LED ceiling lights and arranging the tables and chairs to evoke plum flower petals. A more literal preservation of the past exists in the hotel’s South Wing, which dates back to 1973, but it’s the two freshly added sections that make for more luxurious perches here. The 368 rooms in the Prestige Tower exude a decidedly western feel (white marble bathrooms; copious carpeting) as does its show-stopping duplex suite, furnished with a two-story ceilinged living room and a bedside bathtub. In contrast, the hotel-within-a-hotel Heritage Wing is styled to resemble an elegant ryokan, full of traditional touches like engawa-porch inspired seating and crimson lacquerware boxes for guest toiletries. Pair this fine craftsmanship with the Okura’s signature bow-over-backwards service and it’s apparent this property’s second act could be as dazzling as its debut.

In the Area

You won’t have to leave the tranquil hotel grounds to partake in some quality culture—the Okura Museum of Art, which opened doors in 1917, is considered Japan’s first private museum and flaunts national treasures such as a 10th century poetry collection and a vast collection of East Asian sculptures and paintings. Its tony Toranomon backdrop, once the site of the Imperial Palace’s south gate, is now home to some of the city’s priciest real estate including a soaring 52-story mixed-use complex and a clutch of embassies, in addition to some ancient landmarks such as a Shinto shrine known for its especially steep staircase (rumored to have been ascended by an ambitious samurai on horseback).

How to Get There

The Okura Tokyo
1-10-16 Roppongi, Minato
Tokyo, 106-0032 Japan