Tokyo's 8 best sleeps
Wanderlust Travel Magazine|September/October 2021
Inspired by the Olympics? Then book a room with a view (or just a capsule bed) at one of the Japanese capital’s choicest hotels
Rob Goss

RITZ-CARLTON, TOKYO

Located on the upper floors of the 53-storey Midtown Tower in bustling Roppongi, everything at the Ritz-Carlton comes with incredible city views: that includes treatments at the spa or dinner at restaurants like the Michelin-starred French-focused Azure 45. Rooms, not surprisingly, are sleek and spacious, while the location in Midtown is close to perfect. Both the Midtown complex and nearby Roppongi Hills are home to boutiques, leading galleries such as the Mori Art Museum and other attractions, and from Roppongi it’s easy to get to Shibuya, Shinjuku and beyond. If you wanted a little help delving into Japanese culture, there’s also a long list of immersive experiences for guests, from manga drawing classes and wadaiko drumming workshops to origami for kids and sake tasting. From £387pn; www.ritzcarlton. com/en/hotels/japan/tokyo

NINE HOURS

Cramped and no-frills, capsule hotels have been around in Japan since the late 1970s, typically just places to crash on a budget or after missing the last train home. With its six branches in and around Tokyo, however, the Nine Hours chain has reimagined the capsule for the modern-day, with sci-fi-like design, relatively roomy sleeping pods (220cm long by 110cm wide by 110cm high) that feature ambient lighting, and lounge areas with Wi-Fi and workstations. Unlike typical capsules, Nine Hours also allows multi-night stays, which makes them a genuine option for budget travellers. They also have a women-only branch in Kanda. From £15pn; ninehours.co.jp

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