The Tokyo Station Hotel
The hotel is designed in the classic European style and focused on providing Japanese hospitality, also known as omotenashi. In a city notorious for small living spaces, the Tokyo Station Hotel rooms start at 23 square meters. The 150 different guest rooms come in 15 different shapes and sizes from classic all the way up to the 173 square meter Imperial Suite, which overlooks the Imperial Palace.
Dining Options at the Tokyo Station Hotel
There are a total of ten restaurants, cafes, and bars inside the hotel. In addition to Japanese restaurants, you can also find Chinese, French, and Italian fare without leaving the premises. Breakfast is available every day in the high-ceiling, 94-seat, Atrium dining space from 6:30-10:30. While it’s called breakfast, it’s more like an elaborate brunch. The 3,900 yen, 4th-floor buffet offers an impressive spread which is not limited to the standard western breakfast buffet items. There’s a traditional Japanese breakfast station, which offers much healthier options than you typically see in the west. You can also get sashimi as well as cooked fish. All dishes are written out in English and Japanese. Coffee, tea, and hot chocolate are all you can drink, but you have to order individually from your well-dressed, English-speaking server. There’s a self-serve juice bar next to the yogurt and cheese station.
If you prefer to eat with the locals, there are hundreds of dining options in and around Tokyo Station. Walk under the elevated train tracks, and you’ll see countless ramen shops, sushi bars, and other Japanese restaurants. The same is true of the few blocks between Tokyo Station and the Imperial Palace. Keep in mind that while smoking is frowned upon outdoors, it’s still acceptable inside many restaurants. In higher-end hotels, like the Tokyo Station, smoking is not allowed in restaurants.
Fitness & Spa at the Tokyo Station Hotel
The 816 square meter Fitness & Spa facilities are located on floor B1F. Entrance for guests is just 1,000 yen per day. The Spa Tokione has six rooms and gets its name from an amalgamation of the French word for Tokyo and Japanese word for sleep. It opens daily at 10:00 and has artificially carbonated hot springs as well as a man-made hot spring, dry and steam saunas, cold baths, and showers. The Jexer Tokyo Fitness Lounge opens daily at 7:00 and has a mix of free weights, strength machines as well as cardio equipment.
The hotel opened in 1915, the year after Tokyo Station began operation as Japan’s national rail hub. In its 100-plus year existence, the hotel has survived an earthquake as well as air raids and has been reconstructed twice. The most recent grand reopening took place in 2012. Today, the hotel offers all the modern conveniences you’d expect from the country that invented the super toilets (washuretto in Japanese) and the walkman, while still maintaining its original old-world charm. The hotel really came to its current prominence during the 1964 Olympics and will likely be a highly sought after destination for those attending the 2020 Olympics.
Getting to and from the Tokyo Station Hotel
The fact that you can enter the hotel from Tokyo Station makes it the most conveniently-located hotel in Japan for most travelers. Tokyo Station is the city’s main stop for the world-famous shinkansen (or bullet) trains, and it doesn’t end there. Compared to most world capitals, Tokyo is far from its main international airport (Narita). 500 USD cab rides to the city are not uncommon. Although the Airport Limousine stops at many hotels, it can easily take 90 minutes or more with similar intervals between journeys. Fortunately, the Narita Express trains run every 30 minutes and will get you to and from the airport is just under 60 minutes. The cost is just under 3,000 yen. The nearest ticket booth is inside Tokyo Station, next to the hotel entrance. It’s best to allow at least 15 minutes to buy the ticket. The train stops at multiple terminals, so you’ll need to provide your flight details to the ticketing agent.
In addition to the Narita Express, 23 other shinkansen, JR and metro lines stop at the station. There’s also a cab stand and bus stop outside the hotel’s street entrance. If you’re flying in and out of Haneda, the hotel is even more convenient. Just take the Tokyo Monorail Hamamatsu-cho, which will get you to and from Tokyo Station in roughly 30 minutes.
Tokyo Station Hotel
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