At Home in Tokyo
The Peninsula Tokyo gives travellers a luxurious and chic home while in the Land of the Rising Sun
he bustling city of Tokyo offers a sheer variety of world famous attractions—beautiful temples, towering skyscrapers and delectable cuisine. These, along with the creativity and rich culture of the Japanese people, are all encapsulated in The Peninsula Tokyo, a 24-storey freestanding luxury hotel right opposite the Imperial Palace and amidst the prestigious financial district of Marunouchi.
The Peninsula Hotels, which operates in key cities of Asia, the USA and Europe, opened its doors to Japan 10 years ago, with a goal of becoming one of Tokyo’s landmarks that offers panoramic city views, luxe comfort, sophisticated facilities, superb dining experiences and the legendary service the hotel brand is known for. This year, as it celebrates its 10th anniversary, The Peninsula Tokyo launches the “Pen10Tokyo” campaign, which includes the introduction of a new anniversary logo inspired by traditional Japanese mizuhiki cords that are used in Japan to express gratitude, good wishes and treasured connections; as well as a series of exciting food and beverage promotions; and regional city events. “Our 10th anniversary symbol shows our commitment to honouring such enduring Japanese traditions, and reflects our strong community relations that are shown through our many charity and other community outreach initiatives. The design stands for the heartfelt service, gratitude and goodwill that have shaped our first decade, while its applications showcase Japanese craft and love of detail. These same qualities will keep on delighting future generations of guests and staff, too,” says The Peninsula Tokyo's General Manager Sonja Vodusek.
Designed by the celebrated architect Kazukiyo Sato, the hotel shines like a traditional Japanese lantern at the entrance of Marunouchi and Ginza. The interiors by the renowned Japanese interior designer Yukio Hashimoto highlight rich earth tones, woods, lacquer, marble and stone, in keeping with the concept “international in design but Japanese by inspiration.”
As one walks into the welcoming lobby, one's attention is drawn to the Lying Dragon Gate, an art installation made of bamboo by Keisen Hama. This is one piece in the hotel’s art collection that includes approximately 1,000 works created by nearly 85 artists, 90 per cent of them Japanese.
The hotel’s 314 contemporary guestrooms are said to be among the largest and most technologically advanced in the city. The Peninsula’s legendary focus on technology can be seen throughout the guestrooms—from the personal nail dryer in the dressing room, to the bathroom, which turns into a relaxing spa environment at the touch of a button.
Gourmands will definitely enjoy dining at any of the hotel’s five outlets, each with a different experience to offer. Occupying the entire 24th floor and commanding breathtaking 180-degree views of Tokyo cityscape is Peter, which serves prime-cut meats, seafood and home-style side dishes. Diners can indulge in the melt-in-your-mouth Gifu “Hidagyu” A5* Tenderloin paired with a pour from the restaurant's well-curated wine list, and a side of the flavourful roasted Oita Yamanami shiitake mushrooms. Other restaurants include Peter: The Bar, which offers highly coveted champagnes, whiskies, signature cocktails, cigars and comfort cuisine; the Hei Fung Terrace for authentic Cantonese fare; Kyoto Tsuruya, which highlights fine Japanese cuisine; and The Lobby, an all-day dining outlet that, like in any other Peninsula Hotel in the world, serves the celebrated afternoon tea, as well as other international favourites.
As The Peninsula Tokyo gears towards the 2020 Summer Olympics, Vodusek, who used to head The Peninsula Manila for four years, shares, “We will continue to hire staff from around the world, including the Philippines." Filipinos would be happy to know that some of the amazing staff from The Peninsula Manila, including Stephanie Chong (who used to be the hotel's Director of Events), has joined The Peninsula Tokyo, along with Isabel Cang and Carlo Fornier who are now Peninsula Tokyo's Director of Digital Marketing and Assistant Chief Concierge, respectively. "Filipinos are known for their warm hospitality and staying at The Peninsula Tokyo makes Filipino guests instantly at home,” she adds.
The Peninsula Tokyo is also the only hotel in Japan with a customised car fleet. Guests can enjoy a ride in bespoke Rolls-Royces (including a 1934 Phantom II), BMW Series 7 sedans, MINI Cooper Clubman hardtops and a Tesla Model S, all available for airport transfers and other destinations around the city.
The progressive and busy city of Tokyo remains to be one of the favourite destinations in Asia. And whether you are travelling for business or leisure, The Peninsula Tokyo is sure to give you the feel of being not too far away from home.
The Peninsula Tokyo is conveniently located near commercial centres and the Imperial Palace Gardens; vintage Rolls-Royce cars are available to take guests around the city; the Deluxe Suite commands unhampered views of Tokyo cityscape FROM TOP:
The sakura-inspired lobby of The Peninsula Tokyo OPPOSITE:
CLOCKWISE: The Lying Dragon Gate art installation by Keisen Hama; the hotel's General Manager Sonja Vodusek