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The High Life


Every day, thousands of travelers hurtle across Japan on trains streaming from Tokyo station. Just a short walk away, however, the Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo offers rich Japanese cultural immersion in an opulent, vertical, sky-high setting. Arts and crafts from around the country and the beauty of the four seasons are celebrated in the hotel’s sumptuous décor. The five-star complex spans the top floors of the prestigious 38-story Nihonbashi Mitsui Tower in Nihonbashi, the capital’s premier financial district.

The theme of “Woods and Water” flows throughout the Mandarin Oriental including an experience at The Spa. Treatments include Japanese ingredients like green tea, bamboo, and azuki beans as well as pearl and conch shell extracts. There are 24-karat gold facials and Swiss-developed electric massage machines. The Spa menu deploys a mind-boggling arsenal of therapies combining Asian and Western wisdom with the healing power of nature and cutting-edge technology.

You can also opt for an individually tailored, signature Time Rituals two-hour or three-hour course. Both begin with a lavish foot rub. The Spa features four multi-purpose rooms, four private suites, and one studio, plus stellar 37th-floor views. Gaze across the sprawling megacity, past skyscrapers packed like hives busy with worker bees. In contrast, you’ll feel serenely pampered in this award-winning sanctuary. It’s a true “Only in Tokyo” experience.

After phase one of your relaxing journey, head to the Mandarin Bar on the 37th floor. Night vistas filled with glittering lights roll out like swathes of gem-studded black velvet. Drinks blend old and new flavors with expressions of Nihonbashi. The signature drinks are the Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo Martini (vodka, Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo blend tea, Lillet Blanc, grape vinegar) and the Nihonbashi G&T (Botanist gin, gyokuro green tea, tonic water).

The Tokaido 53 promotion includes cocktails inspired by the old Tokaido Highway, a 53-station route that once connected Edo (Tokyo’s former name) to Kyoto. Until Aug. 31, the event explores the section from Nagoya City to Mie Prefecture. Beat Tokyo’s concrete furnace summer heat with a Kuwana Breeze (vodka, cranberry, grapefruit, ume plum, shiso herb, furikake seasoning) or Ishiyakushi Mai Tai (rum, mango, pineapple, lime, sesame) while sipping on ancient Japanese history. Other bar highlights include the Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo Original Crafted Gin, infused with gyokuro tea, shiso herb, and sansho pepper, and the Mandarin Bar’s Western and Japanese cuisine.

Continue your luxe adventure in an ultra-plush room. On clear days, you can see Mount Fuji from the spacious Mandarin Grand rooms. The floors showcase crafted bamboo and the bespoke carpet is inspired by Japanese ink and brushwork. The embroidered headboards depict weeping cherry blossoms and the lamps are formed from fine bamboo strings. On higher hotel levels, the Oriental Suites also offer stunning Tokyo skyline and Mount Fuji scenery.

The headboards display intricate embroidery of wisteria in full bloom. Washi paper lampshades, silver-leaf tables, and the bespoke carpet with wind and cloud motifs are examples of the best Japanese craftsmanship. Connecting rooms are available for families or large groups.

Cocooned by Nihonbashi’s constant commercial churn, the Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo feels like a luxury chrysalis in the sky. Guests emerge feeling reborn: relaxed, rejuvenated and ready to face the downtown bustle below.

Address: 2-1-1 Nihonbashi Muromachi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-8328


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