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Explore Tokyo through the seasons
Spring: Experience the best places to see cherry blossom around Tokyo
When you think of Spring in Japan, cherry blossoms are of course what spring to mind. There are many great locations to see the arrival of the 'Sakura' in Tokyo and enjoy this most beautiful of seasons while it's here.
Summer: Cooling off at the waterside
During the Edo period, families would wear yukatas and cool off on outdoor benches as they enjoyed gazing up at the fireworks launched from the Ryogoku Bridge, and refresh themselves as they took boats up the river and played in the water. Cruises around Tokyo Bay, Sumida River, and Kanda River are still popular today, with houseboats a welcome sight in the summer. You can also enjoy a pleasant stroll around Toyosu Markets and Tsukiji in the early mornings while it's still nice and cool.
Autumn: Fall in love with Tokyo's culture
In Tokyo there are many museums of all sizes, filled with a variety of unique works; from the traditional to the modern and abstract. After enjoying your fill of art and culture, take yourself to one of the city's many serene parks or quieter areas where, surrounded by the autumn leaves, you can take some time to reflect on the day in peace.
Winter: Experience Tokyo's bright lights
The skyscrapers and famous buildings of Tokyo all compete with one another to adorn the city with the brightest decorations and illuminations, making Halloween, Christmas, and the New Year a joy to behold. The sparkling lights of the winter season will warm your heart, even in the deepest chill of winter.
The Tokyo Skyline
The hotel neighbourhood
Nagatacho, where the symbolic National Diet Building is located, is synonymous with the “political world”. From the Prime Minister's Office to the Cabinet Office Building, Japan’s central functions are concentrated here and lined up the same as in Kasumigaseki. Take a stroll and snap photos at the front yard of the National Diet Building, and drop by the National Diet Library which is located in the hotel’s neighbourhood.
During the Edo period, this area on the hill where the Daimyo (Japanese feudal lords) Mansion and Hatamoto (high-ranking Samurai) Mansion resided was transformed into one of the prominent residential areas of the city centre, on par with the Ginza area in the latter half of the 20th century. It also developed into a wealthy downtown area, where politicians, western companies, embassy representatives, airline staff, and international visitors such as residents of the US military staying in the vicinity would frequent. With a stylish, elegant feel and a plethora of shops, restaurants, and luxury international hotels where Geisha come and go, it also became the place to be for politicians, models, and entertainers who came and went from TBS（Tokyo Broadcasting System Television） and other nearby record companies. There’s a scattering of long-established Japanese sweet shops alongside the many western confectionery’s main stores. (5 minutes' walk from the hotel).
Due to the large number of offices for government-affiliated corporations and public‐sector companies, Toranomon is known as a hub of government-related activities, like Nagatacho (political world) and Kasumigaseki (central government agencies). With Toranomon Hills surrounded by high-rise buildings, the city's modern skyline and architecture continues to change and evolve with this area at the forefront. (5-10 minutes drive from the hotel)
Before the war, military facilities in this area were requisitioned by the Allied Forces, and the number of stores for foreigners increased. After 1960 Roppongi was transformed from a residential area to a popular hangout spot for locals. Today, its best known as an office district on weekdays during the day and night, but on weekend evenings, it turns into a busy area of central Tokyo. Stood side by side, TV Asahi and the area's movie theatres hold a variety of events, while the high-rise tower of Roppongi Hills hosts the Mori Art Museum, and along with the Suntory Museum of Art and 21_DESIGN SIGHT21 at Tokyo Midtown and The National Art Centre, this area is a popular location in Tokyo where there's always something happening. (10 to 15 minutes' drive from the hotel)
‘Nakamise’ is one of Tokyo’s oldest shopping streets. Built in the Edo period, it stretches from Asakusa’s landmark ‘Kaminarimon’ to the banks of the Sumida River and is lined with souvenir shops and food stalls. It’s a great place to find traditional Japanese toys and unique kanji t-shirts and experience the local hustle and bustle. You can also head down the Sumida River towards Tokyo Bay and enjoy a variety of waterfront tours on a water-bus or a houseboat. (23 minutes from Tameike Sanno Station on the Ginza Subway Line, at Asakusa Station).
Yanesen (Yanaka, Nezu, Sendagi)
‘Yanesen’ is a quaint old town built around a major shrine, which still celebrates the traditional atmosphere at a more gentle pace. Dotted with low rise wooden houses, old folk-house cafés, and contemporary art spots, take inspiration as you walk and experience old Tokyo, today. (13 minutes from Kokkai-gijidomae Station on the Chiyoda Subway Line, alight at Nezu Station).
Kagurazaka is a small, stylish neighbourhood where you can explore shrines and long-established teahouses and stroll the cobbles and stairs of the quaint side-streets. The French government’s official agency can be found here, and plenty of French culture and lifestyle are still strongly felt. (8 minutes from Tameike Sanno Station on the Namboku Subway Line, alight at Iidabashi Station).
Shibuya is one of the most popular areas of Tokyo and is the place to go for entertainment, shopping, fashion and cuisine. At the heart of Shibuya and surrounded by buildings and neon signs, is the scramble crossing, the world’s busiest pedestrian crossing. Experience the real hustle and bustle of Tokyo here.
Harajuku & Omotesando
Known as Tokyo's urban fashion district with its diverse street art and fashion scenes, the lively and popular streets here are filled with reasonably priced second-hand clothing stores aimed at high-school girls, and a variety of different apparel stores to suit every style of fashion. Harajuku itself has become known as a ‘Kawaii’ (cute) style, and today attracts worldwide attention for its uniqueness. (7 minutes from Tameike-Sanno Station on the Ginza Subway Line, alight at Omote-sando Station).
Jiyugaoka is a popular residential and commercial area and always ranks highly in the ‘areas you most want to live in Tokyo’. With an abundance of sweet and confectionary stores, it has beautiful, narrow streets, trendy fashion stores and boutiques and cozy cafes. (28 minutes from Kokkai-gijidomae Station on the Chiyoda Subway Line, transfer trains to the Fukutoshin Subway Line / Tokyu Toyoko Line at Meiji Jingumae Station, and then alight at “Jiyugaoka Station”)
Alongside Shibuya and Ikebukuro, Shinjuku is one of Japan’s three major ‘sub-centres’. From the east exit of Shinjuku Station is ‘Kabukicho’, the largest entertainment district in Japan, where restaurants, hotels and the bars of Shinjuku’s ‘Golden Gai’ are located. From the west exit, which is famous as an office district and called the ‘new city centre’, are many skyscrapers that are amongst the largest in Tokyo, including the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building and many skyscraper hotels. (11 minutes from Kokkai-gijidomae Station on the Marunouchi Subway Line, get off at Shinjuku 3 choume Station).
Ginza is Tokyo’s most upmarket shopping, dining and entertainment districts, with luxury boutiques, art galleries, and many places to eat and drink, ranging from elegant cocktail bars to sushi restaurants. There’s no shortage of long-established luxury jewellery stores, delicious Japanese food, and wonderful collections of the best Japan has to offer. These days, there are stores aimed at younger generations such as UNIQLO and GU, which makes the area fun to stroll around for all ages. The 4-chome intersection is landmarked as having the highest land price in Japan and has been branded by Ginza. On weekends, the main street in the heart of Ginza ‘Chuo-Dori’,is closed to traffic and becomes a stylish pedestrian paradise. (6 minutes from Tameike Sanno Station on the Ginza Subway Line, alight at Ginza Station).
Marunouchi near Tokyo Station
Marunouchi is one of Japan’s most prestigious business districts and is a large area spanning from Tokyo Station to the Imperial Palace. In recent years it has become reminiscent of Manhattan with its rows of impressive, modern skyscrapers dotted with attractive shopping streets and a cosmopolitan atmosphere. Tokyo Station is more than just a travel hub, it’s also a place where you can enjoy shopping and eating and the surrounding areas also offer some of the city’s best sights. Marunouchi Naka-dori is the main cobbled street, lined with trees and artwork and home to a number of cafes, restaurants and well-known stores. (5 minutes from Kokkai-gijidomae Station on the Chiyoda Subway Line, get off at Nijubashimae Station, or 6 minutes from Kokkai-gijidomae Station on the Marunouchi Subway Line, alight at Tokyo Station).
Akihabara is the place to go for electronics shopping, anime and gaming lovers, attracting tourists from all over the world. Cosplay and idol group cultures came from here and it’s also where the phrases Akiba-style and otaku-culture were coined. (14 minutes from Tameike-Sanno Station on the Ginza Subway Line, alight at Suehirocho Station).
Nihonbashi was a major commercial area in the Edo period and it is quite literally the centre of Tokyo – it was the starting point of the five major highways and distances within the city and Japan are still measured from here. It was also Tokyo's financial district and has a reputation for modern skyscrapers, high-end shopping, including Japan’s oldest department store Mitsukoshi, pharmaceutical wholesalers, with money exchange businesses and many major banks still being located here. Prior to Tsukiji, the Uogashi fish market was also here in Nihonbashi. (9 minutes from Tameike Sanno Station on the Ginza Subway Line, alight at Nihonbashi Station, 11 minutes from Tameike Sanno Station on the Ginza Subway Line, alight at Mitsukoshimae Station).
Toyosu & Tsukiji
The iconic Toyosu Market is one of the largest wholesale fish markets in the world. It’s a great place for foodies, where you can watch the live tuna auctions with advance reservation and delight in shopping around the many stores and restaurants. Despite its modern makeover, the famous old ‘Tsukiji’ market’s spirit lives on here and it is still just as vibrant as before and will continue to attract and entertain many visitors from near and far.
Enjoy a resort-like feel at Odaiba, on the waterfront in Tokyo Bay. Odaiba is an entertainment and leisure hub where families and those young at heart can enjoy themselves all day, from shopping to tasting gourmet food, you can also take a walk through the park or on the beach. With Tokyo’s landscape as a backdrop, including the Statue of Liberty and Rainbow Bridge, Odaiba truly is a beautiful location.
Accessible from Tokyo
Lake Kawaguchi, at the foot of Mt. Fuji
Mount Fuji is synonymous with Japan, and sat at its northern base is Lake Kawaguchi, one of the region's five lakes - a scenic resort area where you're treated to a stunning view of the mountain as well as hot springs, and even golf. For those looking for adventure, Lake Kawaguchi is the gateway to Mount Fuji’s famous Yoshida climbing route, and is easily accessible from Tokyo:
・ Approximately two and a half hours by JR limited express (train) from Shinjuku
・ Approximately two and a half hours by highway bus from Shinjuku
Kamakura and Enoshima
In Kamakura, famous Samurai Minamoto no Yoritomo founded a branch of the shogunate with three borders surrounded by the mountains, and the other side bordered by the sea.There are many Zen temples and shrines scattered throughout the town, including the Great Buddha of Kamakura and Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu, as well as the nearby Yuigahama Beach in Sagami Bay, which is a popular surf spot. Enoshima, which is just beyond the bay, is a popular resort area residing around Enoshima Shrine. On a clear day, Mount Fuji is visible, and the harbour held the sailing events for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Enjoy the fresh seafood here, such as the popular whitebait, known as Shirasu-don and Shirasu Pasta.
・ Approximately 70 minutes on the JR Line to Kamakura Station
・ Approximately 90 minutes on the ‘Enoden’ to Enoshima Station
Kawagoe is located in the northwestern part of Tokyo, and during the Edo period, it prospered as a castle town due to its active goods trade to the rest of Edo (an historic term for Japan). To this day, the old storehouses and merchant houses remain standing. The beautiful town is also known as Little Edo, and attracts many tourists for its traditional buildings and preserved architecture. Nearby is the Kita-in Temple, which houses more than 500 stone statues of Buddha’s disciples, called Gohyaku Rakan. There is easy access from the nearest station in the metropolitan area by using a direct express train.
・ Approximately 70 minutes by subway on the Tobu-Tojo Line to Kawagoe Station
Since 2007, Mount Takao has been one of the highest ranked 3-star destinations by the Michelin Green Guide Japan. On a clear day, Mount Fuji and Mount Tanzawa are visible from the observatory which sits 599 metres high atop the mountain. There are six hiking courses, all with varying degrees of terrain, distance, and difficulty, such as a light mountain climbing course that feels almost like a walk through the streets. The routes are well maintained, and on the roadside, there are statues of gods, Buddha and large trees that you can pray to or simply admire in all their beauty. There are also round stones (Rokkon Shojo Ishiguruma) with engraved characters that are historically recommended as points where you can stop to heal your physical and mental fatigue.
・ Approximately 100 minutes to Takao Yamaguchi Station
Looking for more inspiration? There are many more destinations to visit in Tokyo and on its outskirts - please do not hesitate to contact the concierge for more information and recommendations during your stay at the hotel.