The Ultimate Tokyo Q&A Guide for an Unforgettable Trip

Interested in staying in Tokyo but don’t know where to start? Take a peek below at our Q&A with Wonderluxe Travel’s Founder and Director Sheena, who was onboarded onto an exciting adventure from the UK to Tokyo, Japan last month. 

During her escape, she stayed in 2 of the best 5-star hotels over 4 nights:

  • The Capitol Hotel
  • The Tokyo Edition

She also visited:

  • Hotel Toranomon Hills
  • The Andaz
  • Mandarin Oriental

Read her Q&A below to find out her overall experience at The Capitol Hotel and The Tokyo Edition and which would be best suited to you. Discover what she got up to in the city and on her adventures.

What WOWED You Upon Entering The Hotels; What Was Your First Impression?

1. The Capitol Hotel:

The hotel was originally knocked down and rebuilt in 2010, but has recently undergone another partial refurb just a few years ago. Upon entering, it offers a very chic minimalistic vibe, but they’ve ensured keeping with its original Japanese roots. 

It has a stunning lobby and is very welcoming. The exterior boasts Japanese ponds and there is also an internal waterfall, which offers sound therapy.

They have amazing suites, which offer great views of the government district, that even come with traditional sliding Japanese doors, like the ones you see in the movies! 😊

2. The Tokyo EDITION, Toranomon:
Tokyo-EDITION-Toranomon Hotel

This place has the WOW factor, with its reception located on a high-level floor, providing some of the city’s most spectacular views. Their reception pairs with a bar and restaurant area, all of which are teamed with palm plants. I have an obsession with palms, so this is just fabulous to me.

Tokyo Tower is perfectly located across from the hotel, which looks amazing when all lit up at night as you can see in the picture above.

I particularly loved the rooms, they are uber-modern and have a stripped-back look too.

What Were Your Dining Experiences Like?

Tokyo is now hailed as the dining capital of the world. They have more Michelin restaurants than any other city and one of the reasons for this is it’s the biggest city In the world. With nearly a whopping 39 million people.

Tokyo Cuisine

We were submerged in classic and authentic Japanese food and even had the chance to eat at an amazing Michelin restaurant.

We had a Japanese 18-course breakfast (National traditional breakfast) – Classic European, Japanese fried chicken, yes, this is a thing. 😊 

We also did a sushi-making class!

Describe Rooms That Stood Out to You, And Highlight any Special Features

1. The Capitol Hotel
The Capitol Hotel Tokyo Japan

The rooms at The Capitol Hotel have a traditional Japanese layout with an open plan and sliding doors – you don’t know about Japanese toilets until you have been to Japan they are electronic, heated seats and offer other delightful sensations ha ha.

The rooms are very spacious and have amazing views of the government district. The room I stayed in had one of the most comfortable beds I’ve ever slept in. The hotel provides the nicest pyjamas for you to sleep in, which is a lovely touch.

This hotel is perfect for business travellers, but not to say it would not be suitable for couples and families. It’s a little further away from the Ginza and Toranomon districts, but for those looking to have some serenity, it’s ideal and still close enough to be near all the action.

2. The Tokyo EDITION, Toranomon

The room designs at The Tokyo Edition are modern art deco, but with a Japanese vibe, think whites, creams and earth colours. The lighting is great and everything is electric, including the curtains, which are great for filming Tokyo Tower just across the way.

This hotel is very hip and trendy. It’s home to one of the best-rated bars in the whole of Tokyo, which is downstairs and is called the Gold Room.

The main lobby (high floor) bar comes to life both during the day when they serve lunch specials and the famous edition of high tea. By night, you can chill in their outdoor bar with the most spectacular views of the city.

This hotel is perfectly located, and great for families, groups, couples and single travellers alike.

What was the Service Like?

I’ve come to realise there is no hospitality like Japanese hospitality. They are some of the nicest people in the world and genuinely care and want you to have a good time.

What Stood Out To You The Most About Tokyo?

  • The people
  • The food
  • How vast the city truly is
  • Back street exploring
  • And how safe the city feels

What Activities did you Partake in & How do you Rate them for your Clients?

  • Japanese samurai experience – this is a must
  • Traditional dancing and music experience
  • Team Labs Sensory experience
  • Flower arranging
  • Tour of the imperial palace and gardens.
  • Foodie tour
  • Japanese indoor markets
  • Sumi wresting (Didn’t do this, but it should be on your list!)
  • Geisha experience (Didn’t do this, but this also needs to be on your list!)

What kind of Customers Would Suit a Tokyo Trip?

Truly everyone:

  • Couples
  • Families
  • Friends
  • Solo
  • Groups

You must take private tours for the best experience; local guides know all the best places.

Were there any exciting events you noticed?

Everybody now wants to see the cherry blossom seasons and there is a reason for this.

Tokyo’s most interesting events are:

  • Cherry-blossom viewing.
  • Winter illuminations.
  • Fukagawa Hachiman Festival.
  • Sanno Festival.
  • Fireworks displays.
  • Kanda Matsuri.
  • First shrine visit of the New Year.
  • Sanja Matsuri.

Give Us a Japan Overview!

Japan is such a diverse destination, so you should visit not only Tokyo, although this is certainly a good starting point. I’d recommend at least 10 days touring the country as a must, and include in this Osaka, Kyoto, and Okinawa.

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