The Peninsula

tokyo, japan

Welcome to Japan, the land of the rising sun, where minimalism and tranquility meet modernity and high-end technology. Let go of your troubles as you walk through cherry blossom gardens and majestic temples. When your stomach grumbles, you can rouse your taste buds with heaping bowls of rice and steaming plates of fresh seafood. Now doesn’t that sound like an ideal vacation?

If so, then we invite you to experience the alluring Japanese culture. While it’d thrill us to take a bullet train all around the country, we’re putting the spotlight on Tokyo, as it is deemed one of the most industrially progressive and fashionable cities in the world.

The Peninsula Tokyo is one hotel that works to combine Japanese hospitality with international standards. Overlooking the Imperial Palace and directly connected to the Hibiya subway station, the 24-storey building is conveniently located for tourists and businessmen alike. It is also the only hotel in Japan that has a customized fleet of vehicles for its car service. In dark green cars with caramel-colored leather upholstery, guests who call for the service can go around in ultimate comfort and style.

The lobby’s Void sculpture, a tall, eye-like figure made from stainless steel cones, truly steals the show. To complement this, interior designer Yukio Hashimoto adorned the hotel with elements like marble, lacquer, wood and stone for a soothing, earthy setting.

With its commanding view of Hibiya Park, the hotel’s Hibiya suite is definitely one of our favorite rooms here. It has a dining area good for 12 persons, so if you have the time, you can buy a few bottles of sake and host a little soiree. We also like the Peninsula suite, for its grand piano, private balcony and floor-to-ceiling windows. As an added luxury, those who go for this suite get to have a traditional Japanese tea ceremony held in their room.

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