Tokyo is one of my favourite cities in the world, and every time I head there, I plan a stay at the Shangri-La Tokyo. The hotel has the comfort and familiarity of home (every Singaporean knows the iconic Shangri-La Singapore at Orange Grove Road and its famous buffet at The Line); and what’s unique to Shangri-La Tokyo is its ideal location in Marunouchi, situated right next to Tokyo Station, which is just a 1 minute walk away.
Above: view of tokyo station from the executive suite at shangri-la tokyo.
THE PERFECT LOCATION
When you step out of Shangri-La Tokyo’s lobby, you’ll see the entrance to Tokyo Station — which is the one place that connects to everywhere in Tokyo and the rest of Japan! You can easily get to and from the international airports, Tokyo Disneyland, and Tokyo Station also serves major Shinkansen lines that’ll bring you to other cities in Japan like Osaka and Nagoya.
Above: the entrance to tokyo station is right outside the hotel.
Within Tokyo Station itself, there are countless dining options, and everything else that you could possibly need, like coffee, a pharmacy, bookstores, convenience stores, and gifts to bring home (eg. yummy Tokyo Banana biscuits!). Best of all, you can find the fascinating “Tokyo Character Street” at the basement. This is the stretch of stores that feature popular characters like Sumikko Gurashi, Hello Kitty, Studio Ghibli, Pokemon, Rilakkuma, Gudetama, and so much more. You’ll spend a whole day here.
Above: the pokemon store and kirby cafe along The famous character street at the basement of tokyo station.
LIVING IN THE LAP OF LUXURY
There are 200 rooms at the Shangri-La Tokyo, starting from a Deluxe Room with a spacious 538sqft, to a Presidential Suite that’s an entire apartment in the sky.
This is the Executive Suite that’s perfect for a family of four. There’s a separate living room with a sofa that can be transformed into an extra bed, so parents can really have their own downtime at the end of a long day.
Above: The luxurious executive suite at shangri-la tokyo.
Above: bathrooms feature plush cotton towels and molton brown toiletries.
Above: View from the executive suite at shangri-la tokyo.
JOIN THE CLUB
One of my favourite things about Shangri-La Tokyo is the hotel’s Horizon Club. This is a special lounge located on the 37th floor and offers some of the best panoramic views of the city. Within the club, there are complimentary cocktails and bites, and you can head there anytime during your stay (opening hours from 730am to 8pm).
Above: The exclusive horizon club
Above: the lovely Yukari Matsumoto from shangri-la tokyo horizon club.
FOOD FIT FOR A KING
Like any great hotel, Shangri-La Tokyo has a suite of first-class restaurants, and the one you’ll want to book is Nadaman, which serves authentic Japanese cuisine such as Teppanyaki and Sushi.
Above: dishes from the omakase menu at nadaman.
You can opt for the Omakase menu and let the chef put together the freshest ingredients for your meal. You can make a reservation by emailing them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Above: chef Nobuyoshi Moriguchi, the chief chef from nadaman.
Above: The view from Nadaman.
Shangri-La Tokyo is located at:
Marunouchi Trust Tower Main, 1-8-3 Marunouchi Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8283 Japan / T: (81 3) 6739 7888 / E-mail: email@example.com