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Mandarin Oriental Tokyo

Sky-high, international, sophisticated

2 1 1nihonbashi Muromachi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-8328

(81 3) 3270-8800

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At a Glance

Mandarin Oriental sought out an iconic Japanese design firm to finish off the 32-38th floors of the César Pelli–designed Nihonbashi Mitsui Tower with timeless style, making this a relaxing refuge for business and leisure travelers.

Indagare Loves

  • Mount Fuji views throughout this sky-high property that towers above its Nihonbashi and Marunouchi neighbors
  • The calming, artful ambience of Japan’s Nuno-designed interiors within the César Pelli glass Nihonbashi Mitsui Tower


The Nihonbashi area where the Mandarin is located is next to the Ginza shopping district, within walking distance to Tokyo Station and the Imperial Palace gardens. This area was the first commercial center of Tokyo when the Tokugawa Shogun set up his capital “Edo” here in 1590. The Mandarin's mandate to Nuno’s Reiko Sudo, a revered figure in Asian design circles, was to incorporate nature into this 21st century manmade symbol of modernity, and the result, a singular Japanese masterpiece, involved an unprecedented number of Japanese traditional craftspeople in a contemporary hotel project.

In the 179 streamlined guest rooms and suites, subtle touches like the desk chair’s fabric inspired by ominaeshi forest wildflowers and bamboo floors create a tranquil backdrop to mind blowing views of this seemingly endless metropolis. The floor-to-ceiling windows are a highlight of the spacious and comfortable rooms. The connecting options are plentiful as well, making the Mandarin great for families visiting Tokyo. First time and leisure visitors should consider upgrading to rooms with Fuji views that can be some of Tokyo’s most romantic.

Gourmands will find plenty to please their palate, with three Michelin-starred restaurants located on property. From the power breakfast’s pancakes created by the Michelin-starred chef of Signature, the hotel’s French restaurant, to the sublime sweet treats from the Paris-trained Japanese pâtissier in the hotel’s street-level gourmet shop, the cuisine at the Mandarin Oriental excels. Work it all off at the excellent gym or with a private yoga lesson in the spa’s Mount Fuji-facing studio, or simply go horizontal for Japanese-inspired massages and cutting-edge treatments at the spa. While the hotel doesn’t have a pool, it has public baths overlooking the city on the Skytree Tower side.

Who Should Stay

An obvious choice for business travelers, with its central financial district location above a Tokyo subway station, the Mandarin Oriental is also popular with Japanese and international leisure travelers who can take advantage of its access to Tokyo Station and the Imperial Gardens, as well as explore Nihonbashi’s traditional artisan shops and eateries. Gourmet and spa minded travelers will also be highly satisfied.

Written by Indagare

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