A study in understated luxury, Aman Tokyo is an elegant refuge amidst Tokyo’s metropolitan madness. Renowned Australian architect Kerry Hill has fused urban modernism with traditional cultural elements – think washi paper sliding doors, and o-furo deep soak bath tubs – to create a space that is quintessentially Japanese. It’s the attention to detail that makes the hotel truly memorable, however, from the breathtaking ikebana arrangements in the common spaces, to the exquisite Hinoki bath accessories. On the doorstep of the Imperial Palace Gardens and the ritzy boutiques of the Ginza, Aman Tokyo boasts views of snow capped Mount Fuji on a clear day.
Address: The Ōtemachi Tower, 1-5-6 Ōtemachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tōkyō 100-0004
Phone: +81 3 5224 3333
Finding quiet in a city renowned for its hustle and bustle is no small feat, but the Nezu Museum offers a serene escape for those frazzled by Tokyo’s frenetic pace. Nestled in the Minato district amongst major department stores and boutiques, the Nezu was founded to house the Japanese and East Asian the collections of businessman Nezu Kaichiro. His grandson and current museum director, Nezu Kōichi, made the space and collection of 7,400 works the haven that it is today. After you’ve perused the galleries, retreat to the museum’s garden, a true urban oasis. Complete with a traditional teahouse and stone paved paths leading under canopies of trees, it’s easy to forget you’re in a concrete jungle at all.
Address: 6-5-1 Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tōkyō 107-0062
Phone: +81 3 3400 2536
Japanese perfectionism and art gallery aesthetics collide in this refined traditional confectionary store, nestled within the Yakumo Restaurant in Meguro-ku. Baishinka was conceived by Simplicity’s creative director Shinichiro Ogata, a designer respected for his influence on modern Japanese interior design and architecture, as well as his uncanny eye for beauty. Opened in 2009, Baishinka displays beautifully wrapped seasonal namagashi as though in a fine art gallery. Once you’ve stocked up on goodies , meander through the small adjoining garden, brimming with Japanese plum trees.
Address: At Yakumo Restaurant, 3-4-7 Yakumo, Meguro-ku, Tōkyō 152-0023
Phone: +81 3 5731 1620
Specialising in traditional seasonal dishes, the chefs at Higashiyama take their cue from nature, creating simple set menus that are as easy on the eyes as they are on the palate. Standout dishes include crunchy seasonal tempura, puréed bamboo shoot soup, and a rich wagyū beef shank stew in a demi-glace sauce. Featuring a series of intimate rooms, the main dining space boasts white, minimal decor with textured walls and fittings to add warmth, while floor to ceiling glass windows look out onto a manicured Japanese garden.
Address: 1-21-25 Higashiyama, Meguro-ku, Tōkyō 153-0043
Phone: +81 3 5720 1300
Offering communal dining with a stylish twist, this minimal Japanese restaurant features two great wooden slabs for tables, both facing out onto a bamboo and stone courtyard. Tucked away in a backstreet behind Omotesandō Station, it is something of a hidden gem, but one well worth uncovering. Traditional dishes sit alongside well executed set menus, with favourites including curry noodles, razor thin sashimi, crispy fried fish, and myriad seasonal desserts.
Neighbourhood: Kita Aoyama
Address: 3-6-1 Kita Aoyama | 2F Oak Omotesandō, Minato-ku, Tōkyō 107-0061
Phone: +81 3 6450 5116
About Life Coffee Brewers
If bubble tea or a cup of matcha aren’t enough to get you caffeinated in the mornings, head to About Life Coffee Roasters in Tokyo’s lively Shibuya district. Opened in 2014, the tiny hole in the wall cafe sources beans from boutique coffee roasters and suppliers across the city, and, more importantly, baristas Wataru Kambe and Shuhei Yasutake know exactly how to turn them into the perfect cup of joe. Espresso and filter coffees are available.
Address: 1-19-8 Dōgenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō 150-0043