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Welcome to Tokyo: The Luxury City Travel Guide

Did you know that Tokyo is the largest city in the world by population? Packing in more than 38 million people, the sprawling Japanese capital is one of the cultural capitals in the world. 

A glittering megalopolis, Tokyo dazzles with its unique blend of futuristic technology, contemporary culture and age-old tradition—few cities in the world offer such delightful contrasts in a single location. From luxury shopping to fine dining and exquisite cultural experiences, this vibrant city easily ranks as one of the world’s best travel destinations. 

Looking to experience the city of Tokyo in style? Let the team at Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel, a Pan Pacific Partner Hotel recommend with our travel guide on luxurious things to do in Tokyo.

 

Shop Until You Drop at Tokyo’s Fanciest Shopping Street

 

Laforet Harajuku

Address 1-11-6 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001, Japan                                                                   
Opening Hours
11am to 9pm daily

 

Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku

Address 4-30-3 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0001, Japan                                                                 
Opening Hours
11am to 9pm daily

 

Gyre Shopping Centre

Address 5-10-1 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo,150-0001, Japan                                                                 
Opening Hours
11am to 8pm daily for shops, 11:30am to 12am for restaurants daily

 

Japanese take their fashion pretty seriously, and the bustling Shibuya is where shopping malls collide. If you are looking for something fancy, however, the quaint tree-lined street of Omotesando is the shopping street to go. Omotesando is known for its expansive malls filled with international brands peppered with exclusive one-off boutiques, galleries and cafes. 

Make a glam shopping date with the Laforet Harajuku—a stylishly designed building which houses more than 140 stores showcasing almost 400 fashion brands. Mix and match trendy Tokyo togs with the most fashion-forward accessories. When you are ready for a shopping break, head to the Laforet Museum on 6F, which hosts regular exhibitions showcasing a wide range of artists and fashion events. 

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Greeting you just across the street is the Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku, which is also known as a “fashion theme park.” Trending women’s fashion and swanky accessories fill the 6-storey building. While you are there, check out the “Omohara” terrace on level  3F, or “forest plaza” on level 6F—both terraces allow you to enjoy  a coffee break while admiring the view of the surrounding Harajuku area.

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Indulge your obsession with two of the world’s leading fashion brands at the Gyre shopping centre. Begin by exploring the massive Chanel boutique on its ground floor—known for its timeless suits, little black dresses, and the “Chanel No. 5” perfume—and continue browsing through the displays at Bulgari.

Shoppers here can enjoy a contemporary touch of luxe, thanks to the building’s striking architecture, courtesy of progressive Dutch designers at MVRDV. Beyond the two brands, Gyre is also home to a host of other high-end international fashion brands like DELVAUX, MoMA Design Store, Maison Margiela and others. 

Need a breather? Visit the Gyre’s welcoming spacious outdoors with wood-theme terraces filled with greenery. 

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Experience Impeccable Japanese Culture at a Private Tea Ceremony

 

Nadeshiko

Address 2-7-24-2F Asakusa Taito-ku, 111-0032 Tokyo, Japan                                                                     
Phone Number
+81 3-3842-8756
Opening Hours
11am to 5pm (Closed on Wednesday and Thursday except for Public Holidays)

 

Chazen

Address 5F GINZA ISHIKAWA blgd,4-12-17,Ginza,Chuo-ku,104-0061Tokyo, Japan                                 
Phone Number
+81-3-6264-0690
Opening Hours
10 am to 8pm daily

 

Nakajima-no-Ochaya

Address 5-10-1 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo,150-0001, Japan                                                                 
Phone Number
+81 3-3541-0200
Opening Hours
9am to 4:30pm

 

Tea ceremonies are a traditional Japanese ritual observed for over 1,000 years. Each ceremony is an elaborate cultural activity of preparing and serving matcha (fine Japanese green tea powder) with wagashi—a traditional Japanese sweet to balance out the bitterness of the tea. Over the centuries, the ceremony has evolved into an impeccable yet subtle art form, influenced by Buddhist philosophy. 

To cater to the burgeoning tourists’ interest in this cultured activity, numerous locations offering  commercial tea ceremonies have sprouted in the city. Fortunately, a small selection of places still offer authentic experiences. 

For a consummate Japanese tea ceremony experience, visit Nadeshiko. The ceremony is held in a tatami room, which can take up to four hours. For ladies, you can add to the richness of your experience by wearing a kimono. Not only will you appreciate the fine art and ritual of the tea ceremony, you will also learn how to properly don a beautiful silk kimono. 

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Chazen in the posh Ginza neighbourhood is yet another place you can visit to experience an authentic tea ceremony. Although it is located in an urban building, Chazen’s traditionally decorated space offers a silent, zen-like atmosphere, allowing you to immerse yourself in the timeless and tranquil moment. Do not worry if you are unable to utter a word of Japanese—the host here has more than 30 years of experience and can easily explain what each step in the ritual represents in English. 

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If you want to attend a tea ceremony in a fully traditional Japanese setting, Nakajima-no-Ochaya is the ideal choice. It is located inside the beautiful 16th century Hamarikyu Garden—a setting which instantaneously puts you in a relaxed mood, even before you start the ceremony. An instructor will be on hand to guide you as you prepare your own tea ceremony; thereafter, you can sit back, enjoy your tea, and feast your eyes on the garden’s delicate beauty. 

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Dine at the World’s Finest Restaurants in Tokyo

 

Joël Robuchon

Address Yebisu Garden Place, 1-13-1, Mita, Meguro-ku, Tokyo, Japan                                                            
Phone Number
+81 03 5424 1347
Opening Hours
12pm to 2pm (lunch), 6pm to 9pm (dinner) daily

 

Sukiyabashi Jiro

Address sukamoto Sogyo Building, Basement 1st Floor, 2-15, Ginza 4-chome, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan         
Phone Number
+81 3 3535 3600
Opening Hours
11:30am to 2pm (Lunch from Monday to Saturday), 5:30 to 8:30pm (Monday to Friday)

 

Ginza Kojyu

Address 5-10-1 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo,150-0001, Japan                                                                       
Phone Number
+81 3 6215 9544
Opening Hours
12pm to 1pm (Monday to Saturday), 6pm to 9:30pm (Monday to Saturday)

 

Did you know that Tokyo boasts the most Michelin-starred restaurants of any city in the world? Known for their penchant for the highest quality in any cuisine, Tokyo residents clearly care for their food, as witnessed by the myriad dining options available. 

If you are looking for the best among them, visit Joël Robuchon, the eponymous restaurant from the celebrated French chef Joël Robuchon. Sadly, the chef passed away in 2018—fortunately, his restaurants still serve outstanding modern French cuisine. Pick from its handful of set menus or satisfy your gastronomic craving from a selection of a la carte options.  

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You cannot claim to have tasted Tokyo’s choicest cuisine without experiencing its finest sushi, and the legendary Sukiyabashi Jiro is arguably the city’s best dining outlet for traditional sushi. The restaurant is so famous that it has served former US president Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The first sushi restaurant in the world to receive three stars from the Michelin Guide, its tasting menu of 20 small courses is specially prepared by 92-year-old Chef Jiro Ono and his team. 

With only 10 tables in a simple setting, dining happens fairly quickly. The rationale? Top-quality sushi should be served and consumed quickly after preparation to ensure that their taste is optimal.

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Traditional multi-course Japanese dining, also known as Kaiseki, is another culinary art form that you should enjoy in Tokyo. Ginza Kojyu is one of the best places in Tokyo to experience it. The restaurant features a cosy interior, which is great since the dining process might take a while.  

Diners can watch the food being prepared at the counter, which makes the dining experience a theatrical encounter. The restaurant’s seasonal menu features traditional Japanese cuisine alongside a handful of experimental dishes. As the restaurant is quite small, you are advised to reserve a table in advance.  

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Step into the Serenity at Tokyo’s Finest Temples

 

Toyokawa Inari Tokyo Betsuin

Address 1 Chome-4-7 Motoakasaka, Minato City, Tokyo 107-0051, Japan                                                     
Phone Number
+81 3-3408-3414
Opening Hours
7am to 8pm daily

 

Hie Shrine

Address 2 Chome-10-5 Nagatacho, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 100-0014, Japan                                                   
Phone Number
+81 3-3581-2471
Opening Hours
6am to 5pm

 

Nezu Shrine

Address 1 Chome-28-9 Nezu, Bunkyo City, Tokyo 113-0031, Japan                                                              
Phone Number
+81 3-3822-0753
Opening Hours
6am to 4:30pm daily

 

After living the high life, take some time out to visit Tokyo’s tranquil temples and regain your balance in an oasis of Zen-style calm. 

If you are visiting Tokyo for the first time, consider making a trip to Toyokawa Inari Tokyo Betsuin. Located in the upscale area of Akasaka, the temple is famed for having thousands of fox statues “guarding” its premises from evil spirits.

Originally built in 1828 as a branch temple of the main Toyokawa Inari Temple in Tokyokawa City in the Aichi Prefecture, this Buddhist temple is popular with worshippers seeking good health, happiness in relationships, and success at work or studies. Foxes are associated with the temples of Inari (the Shinto deity of rice), and are thus deified by the Japanese as minor gods.  

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Mention Japanese shrines and the characteristic red torii gates tunnel at Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine in Kyoto comes to mind. But do you know that Tokyo has a similar shrine? 

One of Tokyo’s best-kept secrets, the Hie Shrine flaunts a stunning stretch of stairs lined with vermillion red torii gates, creating a magnificent “stairway to the heavens.” Also located in Akasaka, local women often come here to pray for easy labour when they are about to give birth. 

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Keen to discover more places of worship with red torii gates? Head over to the Nezu Shrine, where hundreds of scarlet torii gates lie across the shrine sites. Every Spring, the shrine holds one of Tokyo’s most spectacular flower festivals, the “Bunkyo Azalea Festival.”  If you visit Tokyo during this period, do make it a point to visit. 

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Pamper Yourself at a Spa

 

Longing for some relaxation after a day out? Head back to Cerulean Tower Tokyo for some calming time at the CARJU RAJAH. This sanctuary for the senses offers a tranquil space for deep relaxation and healing. The salon provides a range of soothing therapies—from rejuvenating massages to gentle skincare products to suit your unique health and beauty needs. Guests staying at the hotel can enjoy up to 20% savings when they book its services.

 

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