12 June, 2018 | The masses may have clocked on to Japan’s quirky charm, but there are still some exclusive spots that hold the grandeur of Japan’s bygone eras.
There’s no shortage of good restaurants and chefs in Tokyo. We’ve narrowed down the list to three pristine spots, all that offer a much-needed measure of exclusivity after a day spent in the very busy city. Omotesando Ukai-Tei is Japan tradition at its luxurious best, with a fairly extensive menu that promises a local take on French fine dining. Its private rooms come equipped with a griddle, where a chef provides dinner with a show. Then there’s Ishikawa, a classical Japanese restaurant with three Michelin stars. Best for taking in the former geisha district after a round of sake. Last but not by any stretch least, Nihonryori Ryugin is the perfect choice for a deal-cinching dinner. Opt in for the wine pairing, and thank us later.
The Park Hyatt Tokyo has an interesting history, first designed as a private urban residence by Pritzker Prize-winning architect, the late Dr. Kenzo Tange. It’s now known for its private art collection. The hotel’s Presidential Suite is also nothing to scoff at, with a barely believable 290-square-meterage, marble bath, grand piano and library. One would be forgiven for never leaving.
Your privacy is cherished at the Narisawa’s Bees Bar, with a strict house policy on photographs. This also feeds into Narisawa’s emphasis on in-the-moment living, and allows patrons to truly appreciate the seasonal cocktail fare, inspired by the ‘Jinen’ spirit of people living together with nature. Booking, is of course, essential.
The sophisticated Mandarin Oriental Hotel spa provides the perfect opportunity for rest with treatments offered in their spacious suites overlooking the Tokyo skyline. ‘The Ultimate Bathing Ritual’ is especially encouraged, and allows for a half-day of indulgence, with a nod to the area’s authentic public bath culture.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Tein Art Museum is a plush, art deco venue, and one of the city’s most outstanding museums. Formerly the residence of Prince Asaka, the grounds themselves are worth a visit, but the museum always brims with discerning and thought-provoking exhibitions.
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