Palace Hotel Tokyo
Situated in the bustling Marunouchi business district, Palace Hotel envelops you in glamorous Japanese flair (think mirrored walls and floor-to-ceiling windows paired with double-height artwork of Japanese flora and sleek, modern decor) and omotenashi from the moment you walk in.
The 290-room hotel first opened in 1947 and underwent a top-to-bottom rebuild in 2012, which saw the addition of seven restaurants (we recommend Wadakura, a comprehensive Japanese culinary experience), three bars, a sweets and deli counter and an Evian Spa (there are only a handful in the world).
To experience the ultimate luxury stay, book the Palace Suite, a 2,260-sq-ft, one-bedroom accommodation (with the option of connecting a suite for a private, two-bedroom residence) awash in earthy tones with hints of aubergine and gold.
Enjoy its exquisite artwork, including Japanese artist Yui Higashibata’s mixed-media canvas hanging in the living room, sculptural furniture and purely indulgent touches, like the wide marble soaking tub that doubles as a hot tub. The suite has a private terrace where you can enjoy an early morning green tea overlooking Imperial Palace Plaza and the Wadakura Fountain.
Dating back to the 700s, the Imperial family watched sumo wrestling, and today, the national sport of Japan still reigns supreme. Tour the Ryogoku Kokugikan arena and watch a gripping match alongside a broadcaster and sumo sportswriter. You can also have lunch with a rishiki (wrestler) and have them tell you about the sport, from the ancient methods they still utilize in preparation to the details of their rigorous training.
Rate: From $9,000 per night