There are few institutions in the world quite like Hotel Gajoen Tokyo. Throughout its 90-year history, it has served as a venue for ultra-exclusive events and the home to thousands of ancient pieces of Japanese art.
A haven of green near Tokyo’s bustling city-center, this tranquil space is now a sleek and modern escape for those looking to get away from the capital’s frenetic pace. Here are just a few of the specific details we love about this luxurious urban resort.
Nothing screams opulence quite like an all-suite property. And at more than 700 square feet, each of the 60 newly renovated accommodations at Hotel Gajoen Tokyo is larger than most upscale apartments in the city.
Don’t be fooled by the minimalist style — no comfort has been spared in outfitting these elegant accommodations. Each unit has its own sauna, plush lounge and an opulent bed that feels like sleeping on a cloud. Extra-luxe touches include beautiful artwork, river or skyline vistas and high-end French toiletries from Omnisens Paris.
If you’re looking for a more traditional (but equally sumptuous) experience, Japanese tatami rooms with futons are available at the hotel, too.
With 90 years of history under its belt, Hotel Gajoen Tokyo is a living museum, so it should come as no surprise that the property has its own onsite gallery.
Hyakudan Kaidan (“100 steps”) is the only remaining part of the original building — a set of wooden stairs (fun fact: there are actually only 99) leading to tatami rooms decorated by Japan’s most famous artists from the late 1920s.
Showcasing seasonal displays of Japanese artwork and historical artifacts, the exclusive exhibits are a must-visit attraction of the historic hotel, though you should take your time getting there — almost every inch of the building’s walls is lined in exquisite woodwork, paintings and laquerwork.
No matter what you’re craving, you can probably find it here. Dine on surf and turf at the intimate hibachi Steakhouse Hama or indulge in an international buffet at Kanade Terrace.
For something traditional, stop for sushi at the unique Tofutei, the hotel’s signature Japanese restaurant serving kaiseki, a classic multi-course meal.
Fine-dining favorite Shunyuki offers upscale Chinese cuisine while Ristorante Canoviano serves healthy Italian-inspired fare using fresh local ingredients alongside a collection of more than 80 rare Italian wines.
When you just want to linger over a cup of tea and a light bite, park yourself in one of the plush chairs at Café & Lounge Pandora and take in the spectacular garden views.
A nod to its heritage as a wedding hall, Hotel Gajoen Tokyo has its own tiny Japanese shrine, Ohmiden. The traditional shrine is built of high-quality local woods (without a nail in sight) and decorated in gold leaf, silk and floral carvings.
Access to this sacred spot is permitted only during private tours for hotel guests. But beyond its exclusivity, this stunning space is incredibly photogenic. Just remember to be respectful when snapping pictures — the shrine is still a holy place.