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CLASKA of­fers a great ex­pe­ri­ence above and be­yond a typ­i­cal ho­tel, with not just ac­com­mo­da­tion but ac­ti­vated spa­ces such as a res­tau­rant, shop and gallery. The mas­ter­mind be­hind the ho­tel, Shuwa Tei, in­vited var­i­ous de­sign­ers to rein­vent the rooms which range from mod­ern to tatami to DIY aes­thetic, a clever mix of high-low de­sign through­out. To top it off, it’s si­t­u­ated in a great lo­ca­tion and the ser­vice and at­ten­tion to de­tail are im­pec­ca­ble, even down to maps on the wa­ter bot­tles in case you get lost. The Ja­panese aren’t big on break­fast, but Claska’s is the best in town.

PARK HY­ATT TOKYO If you are a Lost in Trans­la­tion fan, this is the place to stay. Ex­pen­sive, but worth ev­ery penny for a night of luxe. An in­cred­i­ble li­brary, the fan­ci­est el­e­va­tor and a spec­tac­u­lar el­e­vated view from the 52nd-floor bar. Be daz­zled by the cityscape at sun­down, with the live sound­track pro­vided by the pi­ano player. In this beau­ti­fully lit set­ting you can sit com­fort­ably by your­self, sip­ping on a Ja­panese whisky. tokyo.park.hy­

BOOK & BED HOS­TEL As one who loves to read, I find the con­cept of this hos­tel quite mag­i­cal. Don’t ex­pect a pre­mium stay, this is all about the sim­ple joy of ly­ing in bed and read­ing a book, as you are quite lit­er­ally sur­rounded by shelves of a homey li­brary. It’s a com­mu­nal style of ac­com­mo­da­tion so per­fect for trav­el­ling with a group of like-minded book­worm friends who love to doze off with a good read in hand. bookandbed­

AIRBNB Al­ways a good op­tion, and you might be sur­prised by some of the roomy apart­ments that can be found in such a densely pop­u­lated city.

Be­fore you go. Avoid go­ing in Au­gust as it’s very hot and sticky (much like New York) and very cold in Jan­uary and Fe­bru­ary. Noren are cloth cur­tains over a door­way which in­di­cate a res­tau­rant. There is a cul­ture of eat­ing out, and the city pro­vides an en

TIPS For all the lat­est up-to-date info, down­load the Tokyo guide from Su­per­future. It has been the go-to guide for years now and con­tin­ues to do an awe­some job. The train sys­tem is amaz­ing, so get a grasp on it – there are al­ways lots of Ja­panese peo­ple

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