Raise a glass to the best views of Tokyo at these glamorous bars and restaurants. From sky-high rooftop bars in some of the city’s most stylish hotels, to a surprisingly free lookout in Shinjuku, enjoy the sprawling sights of this always-cool city.
The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo
Posh, exclusive and unforgettable: three words to describe the Ritz-Carlton Tokyo. Another three words could be ‘perfect engagement spot’. At the 45th floor Lobby Lounge & Bar, lovers come to sweep their favourite lady or gent off her or his feet with a proposal featuring the Diamond is Forever martini. Stir together Absolut vodka, lime juice and a sparkling one-carat diamond for an unforgettable declaration of love. Mix in jaw-dropping views - the hotel is in the tallest building in Tokyo - and you have a night to remember forever.
Park Hyatt Tokyo
The effect of Lost in Translation on Japan’s tourism industry has not been lost over time. The iconic film about the crazy cool city continues to lure visitors to Tokyo and beyond, in search of the spots discovered by the characters played by Bill Murray and Scarlett Johannson. Top of the list is the Park Hyatt Tokyo, the Shinjuku hotel where the characters were staying, and where they first meet over liquor and lament. That scene took place in the hotel’s New York Grill & Bar, a ravishing bar on the 52nd floor, with breathtaking 360-degree views of the city. Do book ahead for this popular spot.
The Gate Hotel
Guests choose to stay here in Asakusa because they’re drawn to the compelling mix of old and new Tokyo. The distinctive Skytree Tower punctuates this mostly low-rise neighbourhood of temples and tea houses. From the 13th floor R Restaurant & Bar at The Gate Hotel a sweeping vista takes in the Tower and much more beyond. Nab a table on the outdoor terrace if the weather is nice, or be quick to secure a seat at the sexy bar. Daytime is also the right time for sitting back and enjoying the views. A tempting breakfast menu is served from 6:30am.
The Prince Park Tower Tokyo
Head straight to the top floor of this swish hotel for the best views of Tokyo Tower’s twinkling lights. As the flagship property of Prince Hotels, you can expect the best service and attention to detail here. Perched on the 33rd floor, Sky Lounge Stellar Garden is mood-lit for grown-up assignations and cocktail indulgences. With seating for a hundred guests, the counter spots fill up quickly. If late-night wine and cheese isn’t your thing, make a booking for afternoon tea and cake. Don’t forget to wave ‘bonjour’ to the Eiffel Tower lookalike landmark.
Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills
The Andaz Tokyo is the first foray into the Japanese market by the Hyatt-owned boutique brand and it has been warmly embraced by visitors and stylish locals. Perhaps it has something to do with the daily complimentary happy hour wine and free minibar snacks for guests? Even if you’re not staying at this hip, sophisticated hotel, you can experience the Andaz magic at the rooftop terrace bar with its incredible views over Tokyo Bay. Featuring a smart menu of crafted cocktails, Cuban cigars and Japanese whiskeys, this bar has become the go-to spot for the city’s in-the-know players.
Take the elevator to the 28th floor reception of this luxe hotel property and step out into another world. The first thing you notice is the signature scent, a refreshing waft of perfumed air. Next, the view. Huge windows invite guests to come take a look at the expansive views over Tokyo Bay, the Rainbow Bridge and Hamarikyu Gardens. The perfect spot to sit and take in the serene sunset vista, the hotel’s signature bar and lounge, TwentyEight, has prime position here by the windows. Later in the evening, live music turns up the volume.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building
If you’ve spent all your holiday budget on sushi and kitschy-cute souvenirs, you might be pleased to hear there is one Tokyo skyscraper with knockout views that doesn’t charge a cent for entry. At the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in Shinjuku, visitors are invited to enjoy panoramic views from two observation decks. On a clear day, it’s possible to see Mount Fuji, the Tokyo Skytree, Tokyo Tower, Meiji Shrine and the Tokyo Dome. Each deck has a cafe and souvenir shop, as well as a tourist information office. In the North Observatory, a bar and restaurant is popular for night views of the city. As this is an official government building, security checks and bag screening procedures are in place.