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The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo
Tokyo's first five-star hotel still exudes sophistication and style
Set within the Akasaka Midtown Tower—the tallest building in the sprawling metropolis—this five-star hotel has 360-degree panoramic views, taking in landmarks such as Tokyo Tower and Mt. Fuji. While the vista may be stunning in the hours of daylight, try to soak it all in after the sun has gone down, too. On entering the magnificent 45th-floor sky lobby, you are taken to one of the hotel’s 245 elegantly appointed rooms or suites—every one of which provides views of the city’s skyline—but it is worth requesting a room facing Japan’s iconic mountain to see it reflecting the early morning light. If the purse permits, the 307-square-meter Ritz-Carlton Suite has been recognized as one of the most luxurious in all the hotels of Asia.
The hotel has a tranquil day spa that also overlooks the city and incorporates treatments from Japan and beyond, complemented by the steam room, indoor lap pool and fitness center. The hotel also has a traditional tea house for demonstrations of the age-old tea ceremony. The hotel has a selection of seven restaurants, bars and cafes, including The Bar, famous for its specialty cocktails, such as the Diamond is Forever Martini, which comes garnished with a one-carat diamond.