Luxury hotels in Tokyo, Japan
The Park Hyatt Tokyo
It’s not every day you can get a travel tip from Bill Murray so do take heed and book a night or two at the elegant Park Hyatt Tokyo which featured in Lost in Translation. Set on the top floors of the 52 storey Shinjuku Park Tower, you can imagine the eye popping views this special hotel offers.
Lost in Translation hotel in Tokyo
Celebrating its thirtieth anniversary in 2023, the 177 room hotel is also celebrating the twentieth anniversary of Sofia Coppola’s 2003 film Lost in Translation. The hotel’s New York Bar is famous for its cameo where Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray’s characters meet. Located on the 52nd floor, non guests can also visit the bar but there’s a cover charge of around $30. It’s worth the money for the views alone but there are also jazz performances and great cocktails including the cocktail named after the film which is a concoction of Kikuizumi Daiginjo, a sake made in Aomori prefecture, Peachtree, Sakura liqueur, and cranberry juice.
The Park Hyatt Tokyo renovation
To celebrate its success the property is undergoing a yearlong facelift led by Paris based Jouin Manku. Fredrik Harfors, general manager of Park Hyatt Tokyo, announced that the design firm will draw inspiration from the legacy of the Park Hyatt Tokyo to create “an elevated atmosphere that will continue to shine as a beacon of understated luxury for decades to come.”
Yet there is still time to appreciate the original hotel that featured in Lost in Translation. This oasis of peace is set in the heart of thriving Tokyo with incredible views of the glittering Tokyo skyline and Yoyogi Park.
The rooms are entered from muted green corridors and feature rich dark woods and soft fabrics. The furnishings offer paper lanterns and Egyptian sheets. The views are spectacular especially when you look out to Mount Fuji. Like all Hyatts, the bathrooms are a treat and feature marble and granite with the delightful fragrances of Aesop amenities.
The other famed area which features in Lost in Translation is the pool surrounded by soaring glass walls on level 47 and is kept company by a gym and aerobics studio as well as those jaw dropping views. Two floors below is the Club on the Park which offers all range of wonderful treatments including a rejuvenating Tokyo Massage including divinely scented Japanese oils.
New York Bar and Grill from Lost in Translation, Tokyo
In terms of restaurants, the aforementioned New York Bar and Grill is perfect for a skyscraper meal with a choice from the cellar housing almost 2000 wines. If you’re more for a traditional meal, the Kozue restaurant serves Japanese fare. Then there’s the brasserie style Girandole where breakfast is also served and in the Peak Lounge, afternoon teas and cocktails in a bamboo garden with a glass roof is a must.
Shinjuku is a great location. It’s close to the Cherry Blossom Gardens, Shinjuku station, and the Golden Gai are brimming with ramen restaurants and izakaya bars. Or head to Kabukicho for some awesome nightlife.
MIchelin starred Sanso Kyoyamato
The Michelin starred Sanso Kyoyamato restaurant opened in 1977. It’s situated within Park Hyatt Tokyo’s traditional Japanese garden. It’s a place where the samurai met to overthrow the shogunate in the nineteenth century. Here you can enjoy either a tea ceremony or a severl course kaiseki dining experience.
The tea ceremony is taken amongst historic hanging scrolls, tea bowls, and utensils crafted by artisans. It’s important to book at least a week in advance.
Next time you’re in Tokyo, ensure it’s after the renovations or before as you don’t want to miss a stay at this iconic hotel. The hotel will be suspending operations on May 7, 2024, and anticipates reopening in the second quarter of 2025.