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Trunk Hotel Yoyogi Park, Tomigaya

Tucked alongside Yoyogi Park, the Tomigaya neighbourhood provides a calming contrast to the high-rises and bustle of nearby Shibuya and Harajuku. It’s here in Oku-Shibu, among the local retailers, cafés and hole-in-the-wall eating spots, that Trunk found an ideal setting for its third boutique property, Trunk Hotel Yoyogi Park. This 25-room guest house, designed by Tokyo-based architect Keiji Ashizawa, is centered around the concept of urban recharge. Neutral palettes, natural textures and a custom-made scent combine to create an air of relaxation. On the sixth floor, the rooftop pool and lounge overlook 54.4 hectares of green space below. These scenic views, paired with an oyster bar and evolving cocktail menu, provide the perfect setting to recharge on your own terms.


The Okura Tokyo, Toranomon

The Okura Tokyo, which reopened in 2019, builds on the legacy of its iconic predecessor from 1962, drawing on the craftsmanship and eye for detail that made it truly one of a kind. This 508- room luxury hotel is the result of a four-year redevelopment and encompasses new and heritage elements into its design. The Heritage Wing is home to a meticulous recreation of the old hotel’s famous lobby, complete with the familiar lounge chairs and lacquer tables; even the vintage world wall clock remains. The Orchid Bar and the Orchid Room (now simply Orchid) might look nothing like their old selves but the same staff are back, jackets and bow ties in place. The heritage of the hotel survives in those people and the thoughtful service that they continue to offer.


K5, Nihonbashi Kabutocho

It wasn’t so long ago that an empty building in the middle of Tokyo was fit for one thing only: demolition. That was also set to be the fate of the Dai-Ichi Bank building in Kabutocho, an overlooked neighbourhood not far from the Imperial Palace. Developers Heiwa Real Estate, who also own the Tokyo Stock Exchange next door, decided instead to build a 20-room hotel complete with a café, restaurant, library bar and basement beer bar, each one run by a leader in their field. The guest rooms are large by Tokyo standards and make full use of the building’s big windows. There are traces of the old building throughout: the original oak parquet floor survives in the restaurant, the bedroom floors are preserved in a state of pleasing imperfection – even the old builders’ marks have been kept for posterity. These interiors, which embrace patina and craftsmanship, certainly make for a homely stay.

Images: Kohei Take,  Yoshitsugu Fuminari

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