Quinessetially‘s guide to Tokyo. Tokyo is a favourite destination with many Hong Kongers who makes frequent trips to this city every year. We ask Quinessetially to give us the inside scoop on what’s hot, and what’s definitely not, in the world’s coolest cities. Here’s their guide to Tokyo.
Where to shop?
Takeshita-Dori is a street in Harajuku famous for its youthful (and sometimes eccentric) high fashion. Up-and-coming Japanese designers sell their mind-boggling produce in the nifty boutiques that line this street, and the Japanese youths flock here in the hopes of being the first to know about the next big thing. Even if you aren’t tempted to buy anything, it is well worth a visit just to window-shop or gawp at the extraordinary parade of dressed-up youngsters.
6-10-1, Roppongi, Minato-ku. http://www.roppongihills.com/en/
This high-end luxury shopping and entertainment complex brings together luxury brands including Louis Vuitton, MaxMara and Diane von Furstenberg with delicious dining and fabulous entertainment options. The Tokyo City View, situated on the top floors of the building, offers the most impressive 360 degree views of Tokyo from 250m above ground.
Where to Stay?
1-3-18 Chuo-cho, Meguro-ku. http://www.claska.com/en/hotel/index.html
The urban, hip and trendy crowd flock to CLASKA, a small boutique hotel featuring rooms designed in a modern, pared-down style. Offering personalised services and located in a quiet area away from all the hustle and bustle of central Tokyo, this is a unique and relaxing place to stay.
From JPY 12,600 per room per night (approximately HKD 1,100).
Agnes Hotel and Apartments Tokyo
2-20-1 Kagurazaka, Shinjuku. http://www.agneshotel.com/foreign/english.html
Located in fashionable Shinjuku is a cosy boutique hotel with 56 rooms, evoking a different atmosphere from that of your large, corporate hotel. With a focus on creating a home-like atmosphere, the facilities and rooms are great for business and leisure travellers with a train station located conveniently nearby.
From JPY 27,000 per room per night (approximately HKD 2,300).
Where to Spa?
Armani Spa Ginza Tower
Armani Ginza Tower, 5-5-4 Ginza, Chuo-ku. http://www.giorgioarmani.com/
This very exclusive luxury spa is located in the flagship Armani Tower in Ginza. Original treatments using Obsidian minerals are complemented by the spa’s Roman-inspired interiors. Check out the other Armani businesses here too, including Armani Ristorante and Armani Casa.
Spa Guest House Shinjuku
1-5-11 Shinjuku Sanyou Bldg. 1F, Nishi Shinjuku. http://www.spa-guest-house.jp/english/
Hidden away in Shinjuku is this serene and calming spa offering a wide array of holistic treatments – think everything from total body treatments to body wraps, scrubs and balneo therapy. Treat yourself to a wine bath which smells as good as it makes you feel!
Where to Party?
Myojo Nishiazabu 70 bld. 1-7-2 Nishiazabu Minato-ku. http://www.e-alife.net/
A-life is a perennial favourite, especially if you want an authentic Tokyo experience. With three floors pumping great music and cool new Japanese bands, it’s the place dance the night away.
Marunouchi Park Bldg. Bricksquare 3F, 2-6-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku. http://mame-maru.jp/
Mamemaru is a classic bar/restaurant with a Kyoto-style twist. Serving drinks and small traditional Japanese dishes, Mamemaru also holds Geisha Night on specific evenings where, by reservation, groups can enjoy real Kyoto-style entertainment.
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