Olympic 2020 A- the wave of new luxury hotels is sweeping across Japan’s capital city, as developers start to showcase their projects before legions of visitors descend on Tokyo for the Olympics 2020. Olympic hospitality can be booked online which makes you comfortable to watch the Tokyo Olympics Games.
A Four Seasons hotel on the top six floors of a 39-story tower in the financial district and the first Japanese location of Marriott International Inc.’s luxury Edition brand are set to open by next summer.
Even historic properties are remaking themselves to attract more affluent guests: The Okura Tokyo hotel, long known for restrained elegance and somewhat cramped rooms, is reopening on Thursday after a $1 billion re-creation. It now features a duplex 7,857-square-foot suite at a price of about $28,000 a night.
“Compared to other cities like New York and Paris, Tokyo still has very few luxury hotels,” said Miwako Date, chief executive of real-estate company Mori Trust Co., which is developing the Edition property. She said the new developments weren’t “just about quantity but also quality,” with a diverse lineup that includes some traditional formats and others with a more hip vibe.
Tokyo has 32 five-star hotels, likened with 127 in France, 187 in Italy, 112 in Thailand and 793 in the U.S., according to CBRE Hotels. One reason is that demand for office space in prime Tokyo locations eclipsed other projects, according to CBRE’s Japan unit.
The country is expecting to set a record of 40 million visitors next year when the Summer Games come to Tokyo, up from 31 million in 2018. Tourists spent more than $12 billion on lodging last year, according to government figures.
A common practice in the more recent luxury hotels in Tokyo is to occupy the top few floors of office towers. What is being called the Tokyo Edition Toranomon sits atop a 38-story tower in the Toranomon business district and is a collaboration with American hotelier Ian Schrager, best known for pioneering the boutique hotel concept.
The new Four Seasons, scheduled to open in mid Olympic2020 in the financial district of Otemachi, features floor-to-wall windows in all 193 rooms and suites. The bar is supposed to evoke a “Tokyo meets Paris” ambiance, according to General Manager Andrew De Brito. The hotel is being designed by architect Jean-Michel Gathy, whose portfolio includes the rooftop infinity pool at Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands.
A top attraction at the Okura hotel is its Zen garden, says General Manager Shinji Umehara. Though made of stones, it is designed to look like flowing water.
“It’s not about flashiness and gaudiness, it’s about creating an atmosphere where you feel at peace,” said Mr. Umehara. “This is the Japanese way.”
The original Okura, completed in 1962, played host to famous names like Princess Diana and Barack Obama before being torn down four years ago amid protests from preservationists who counted the hotel as one of Tokyo’s modern-day architecture gems. The lounge area of the lobby combined Japanese minimalism with a jet-age aesthetic including a world-map clock.
That part of the lobby has been recreated down to the last detail in the new building, although it is now placed off to the side. Some of the pieces were preserved, including the clock as well as lanterns shaped like ornamental beads and signature lacquered tables with chairs “arranged like plum flowers,” as the hotel puts it.
The imperial suite, on the 39th and 40th floors of the 41-story main tower, claims the title for Tokyo’s most spacious hotel room, according to Hotel Okura Co. That tower, The Okura Prestige, is mostly office space with hotel rooms on the top floors, while the lower-rise Heritage Tower next door has additional rooms that list at about $1,000 a night and up.
Designers have dotted the hotel with touches of unassuming Japanese luxury such as floral ikebana arrangements made to look like a single plant and wooden Japanese latticework in isosceles triangles meant to evoke the hemp leaf.
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