Spend the night:
In the midst of Tokyo’s head-spinning urban whirlwind, find respite at Palace Hotel Tokyo, an iconic landmark in the city recently given a facelift from a three-year renovation. Located in the central Marunouchi district, the 290-room building’s most iconic feature is the wide moat that winds its way around the hotel, with the sprawling Imperial Palace Gardens on the other side. Rooms follow an earthy color palette, and feel luxuriously cozy without being ostentatious, while 10 F&B outlets offer food and drinks that rival Tokyo’s best.
At night… Stroll through the Imperial Gardens themselves, which remain open at night for visitors to meander the stone bridges and tree-lined walkways. With few visitors to the courtyard after sunset, this is one of the few places to feel the still heart of the city, as its pulse beats all around you. 1-1-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, (+81) 3-3211-5211.
The Palace Hotel is an urban retreat