Palace Hotel

Tokyo, Japan

At a Glance

  • Enjoy a breath of fresh air overlooking the Imperial Palace gardens from your private balcony

  • If you are on the Club floor you can enjoy a large outdoor terrace where you can have afternoon cocktails or breakfast - so nice to be able to enjoy the views al fresco

  • Home to the first Evian spa in Japan where 'health through water' is promoted

  • The hotel leads directly onto the Imperial Palace gardens, separated only by a moat

  • Renovated from the original iconic Palace Hotel originally opened in 1961

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Tokyo kicks off its year with cold winter days and the odd snowfall. Although temperatures occasionally drop below freezing, winter (December to February) is usually reasonable. Spring (March to May) brings pleasant, warm days, and, of course, cherry blossoms – early April is probably the best time to view the blooms. Summer (June to August) is hot and muggy. Late June can see torrential rains. The temperature and humidity are at their worst in August. Apart from spring, autumn (September to November) is the most pleasant season as temperatures cool down to a cosy level and days are often clear and fine. Autumn also means the return of the dramatic foliage season, when the parks and green areas of the city mellow into varying hues of orange and red.

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Insider's View

Perfect location with a metro station below the hotel to get all around Tokyo city on the efficient metro system.

Get a room with a balcony to enjoy some of the best views of the Imperial Palace Gardens.

A Grand Deluxe King is my favourite room as it comes with a balcony and also a 'bath with a view' with an amazing picture window behind the bath so it seems like you are floating above the city!

Sip your morning coffee on your private balcony overlooking the views of Tokyo. As the only hotel in Tokyo with balconies, this is the only hotel in Japan's capital where you will be able to start your morning this way.

Make sure you pre-book the restaurant, Kanesaka, where Michelin starred chef Shinki Kanesaka produces mouth-watering sushi.

After a day of sightseeing, head up to the Evian Spa for a relaxing treatment.

We prefer the Deluxe Balcony Rooms, as they have fantastic views and are the only hotel room in Tokyo to have a balcony.

The location directly opposite the Imperial Palace gardens is excellent and I’d recommend heading out in the morning or evening for a lovely walk.

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Description

The newly renovated and reopened iconic Palace Hotel is contemporary in style and in one of the most desirable locations in Tokyo. With outdoor terraces, balconies and incredible views it is a great addition to Tokyo's collection of luxury properties.

Walking into the cool, contemporary style lobby of the Palace Hotel Tokyo is like stepping into an oasis of calm away from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo - the largest city in the world. With fresh vibrant colours and fragrant scents to welcome you into this newly renovated iconic property located right overlooking the impressive Imperial Palace Gardens. In fact there is no road between the property and the park, with only a moat separating the breakfast terrace and the fortified walls.

One of the most unique and appealing aspects to the hotel is that compared to some Tokyo properties, it is not particularly high rise and a lot of the bedrooms have balconies, giving fantastic views over the city skyline. The freshly restyled rooms are spacious with the latest gadgets and fantastically comfortable beds.

Take a dip in the lovely swimming pool, enjoying breathtaking views over the Imperial Palace Gardens. And try the unique Evian spa, the first in Japan, with many treatments ready to help you relax and unwind after a day of sightseeing.

There is a great range of restaurants and bars at the hotel and an outdoor terrace, again unusual in such a central city hotel.

Ginza shopping district is just a short walk away and everywhere else in the city is easily accessible by train or metro.

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Accommodation

Guest rooms at Palace Hotel Tokyo afford spacious comfort, befitting a grand residence. There are 290 rooms and suites, all 45m2 or larger. Guests staying in Club Rooms or suites enjoy access to a private Club Lounge. Facilities include:

  • 46-inch or larger LCD TV in bedroom
  • Waterproof LCD TV in bathroom

  • Blu-ray / DVD / CD player

  • In-room safe

  • Multifunctional telephone

  • Complimentary wired and wireless high-speed

  • Internet access

  • In room dining: 24 hours

  • Laundry service

  • Bathroom amenities

  • Complimentary newspaper delivered in the morning

  • Nightly turn-down service

Deluxe Room
Club Deluxe Room

These 45m2 rooms come equipped with one king bed and floor to ceiling windows providing views over Otemon Gate and other surrounding attractions.

All Club Deluxe Rooms include amenities including a Nespresso machine, Imabari bath linens, Anne Semonin bath amenities, Bathrobes & slippers, Sleepwear, Hair dryer, Electric kettle and In-room safe with built-in power outlet. There is also a 46 inch TV plus a 16 inch TV in the bathroom.

Reviews

5

Dominic Atterton (Staff)

Arriving into the grand lobby of the palace hotel is wonderfully relaxing and made for the ideal start to my trip through Japan. The hotel is the only independently run Japanese owned luxury property in Tokyo and you can really feel the personal feelings that have been invested. I stayed in a balcony room and would recommend it 100% as it was so nice to sit out in the evening and watch the light change over the sweeping gardens of the Imperial Palace. Design wise the hotel has elements of Aman with a minimalist contemporary feel but with a slightly warmer personality. Breakfast ran like clockwork and I was just really impressed by how well every element of my stay was taken care of. The location of the hotel next to the palace lends itself to a first time stay in Tokyo. For me it is a little quiet in the evenings without too much on your immediate doorstep however being able to wake up early and go for a walk around the imperial gardens was amazing.

5

Louise Brooks (Staff)

The Palace is a wonderful hotel, with views of the Imperial Gardens. It has a lovely atmosphere, and the service is fantastic. The Deluxe Balcony Rooms are spacious and having a balcony is a real treat in Tokyo. 

After a day of exploring on foot, it was brilliant to head up to the pool for an afternoon swim and a little relaxation. Breakfast is also brilliant!

5

Kirsty Cowie (Staff)

The Palace Hotel is a great place to call home while in Tokyo. When you first step into the recently renovated modern style lobby, you are greeted by warm and friendly staff who are happy to serve you throughout your stay. Complete with over 278 rooms, 12 suites, an Evian spa, an indoor pool, and an array of restaurants this luxury hotels facilities offer everything you need and more for a relaxing stay in Japans capital. While it has many claims to fame, what sets The Palace apart from its neighbouring competitors is that it is the sole luxury hotel in Tokyo operated by the Japanese and the only hotel to offer rooms with private balconies. There is no better place to take your morning authentic macha coffee than on your private balcony surrounded by unobstructed views of Tokyo and the Imperial Palace.

5

Blanche Sherman (Staff)

Palace Hotel Tokyo is a fresh and elegant property designed in a contemporary Japanese style, overlooking the Imperial Palace Gardens. As an independent Japanese hotel, when it comes to service you can feel the welcoming and attentive principles of the Japanese omotenashi in practice. The main restaurant offers a peaceful outdoor seating area on the canal, which is a lovely place to enjoy breakfast before exploring the city.

5

Rikki Poynton (Staff)

This was one of my favourite hotels in Tokyo! Fantastic views which are made even more special from your private balcony. It's such a rarity in Tokyo and really made my stay.

The rooms are simple but elegant and the service is amazing. There is so much outdoor space as the hotel occupies the entire building and it so nice to enjoy breakfast on the terrace along the mote of the Imperial Palace.

5

Sophie Wynn-Williams (Staff)

A perfect base to explore bustling Tokyo's highlights. This welcoming and friendly hotel is ideally positioned with a metro station below it, that is fast and efficient to move around Tokyo easily. The rooms have views of The Imperial Palace and the beautiful gardens with the city beyond, which are totally mesmerising taking in from your balcony. This is one of the only high end hotels in the city where rooms boast balconies. In the evening, ensure we pre book the Sushi restaurant for you that has a two star michelin.

5

Sarah Rowan (Staff)

This is a beautiful hotel in a fantastic central location in the city, so is an excellent choice for anyone wishing to spend a few nights in the city. I spent my first night in Tokyo here and I could not have been happier. The staff are so helpful and engaging, it has a super atmosphere and beautiful rooms boasting fantastic views of the city skyline and if you're lucky, the Imperial Gardens.

The location allows you to get to all the main attractions of the city so easily, you simply walk out of the hotel and you are directly opposite the Imperial Gardens, or take the stairs under the hotel and you find the supremely efficient metro. As one of the only hotels in the city to boast a Michelin Star sushi restaurant, it is worth noting that pre-booking is advisable, to avoid disappointment.

4

Sophie Jones (Staff)

Getting around Tokyo can at first seem daunting as it for sure is the biggest city I have ever seen (it literally does go on for as far as the eye can see). However, the Palace Hotel is located right above a subway line with direct access from the hotel via the basement which is amazing! The fabulous concierge was so helpful and provided subway maps for me in English, and incredibly clear directions for the way I wanted to go taking all of the apprehension out of venturing around the city. The system is so efficient and easy to navigate, I couldnt believe it! Then when it was time to come home, I simply took out my map and followed the directions which were perfect even I didnt get lost once and I am allergic to maps!

Experiences

  • Ancient Nikko Day Trip

    Enjoy a day trip to Nikko as you explore the ancient sacred site for the Japanese and visit Shin-kyo, Rinno-ji, Tosho-gu and Taiyuin byo. Return to Tokyo by JR Train.

  • Choice of Half Day Family Activity

    This afternoon, families can make a choice to visit either the Railway Museum or the Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation.

  • Code of the Samurai

    Enjoy a one hour Samurai lesson and immerse in the code of the samurai to learn about their manners and etiquette. Practise some basic movements of Japanese swordplay.

  • Cruise on Sumidagawa River

    Enjoy a scenic cruise along Sumidagawa river and end in the beautiful Hamairkyo garden. Relax amongst nature and enjoy a cup of tea.

  • Full Day Tokyo City Tour

    Discover Asakusa today and explore Sensoji before proceeding to the Tokyo Skytree, the tallest structure in Japan that offers great panoramic views. Head to Edo Tokyo Museum and if time permits, make a visit to the Meiji Shrine.

  • Half Day Modern Tokyo

    Embark on a half day tour of modern Tokyo. Discover the busy Shibuya, peaceful Yoyogi Park nestled amongst the bustle of the city. Continue to Harajuku and end with a visit to Shinjuku, a contrast of bright neon lights and tall modern skyscrapers.

  • Harajuku Foodie Tour

    For those with a sweet tooth, Tokyo’s Harajuku district is a dream destination, full of patisseries, crepe stands, and sweet stalls, all in an area famed for being at the heart of Japan’s ‘kawaii’ culture, as epitomised by Hello Kitty.

  • Helicopter Flight Over Tokyo Skyline

    Enjoy a stunning 20 minute helicopter flight over one of the largest cities in the world, taking in the stunning Tokyo skyline from the air.

  • Highlights of Eastern Tokyo

    Discoer the highlights of the Tokyo Metropolis, exploring the Asakusa District, Sensoji Temple, Nakamis Shoping Street, Akihabara and the Imperial Palace.

  • Highlights of Tokyo

    A full day tour of the highlights of Tokyo with your English speaking guide, exploring the Meijijingu shrine, Roppongi Hills where you'll go up to the observation deck for 360 degree views of the city, and the areas of Omotesando, Aoyama and Ginza.

  • Japanese Calligraphy Class

    Embark on a Japanese Calligraphy class and learn about the basic art form of writing, starting from the characters!

  • Luxury Japanese Cuisine Cooking Class

    Today you can try your hand at creating your own traditional Japanese foods.

  • Morning with a Sumo Wrestler

    The ancient art of Sumo wrestling requires years of dedicated training in a ‘heya’, or stable, and this is a chance to visit one of these to observe a morning training session and appreciate the complete devotion of the wrestlers to their sport.

  • Ninja Experience

    Engage in a 2 hours Ninja lesson to discover the ancient techniques of these mysterious underground warriors who contributed greatly to the Japan's Sengoku civil war.

  • Old Town Tokyo Food Tour

    Take a step back in time as you leave behind the neon lights of Tokyo’s bustling centre and dive into the food and craft culture of the Yanaka district. This is a charmingly nostalgic area and offers a chance to discover a different side to the city.

  • Samurai Experience

    Suitable for both older families and couples, this guided Samurai Experience offers guests the chance to learn more about this ancient art. Learn the skills required to draw, sheathe and wield a katana, the traditional swords used by samurai.

  • Sushi Cooking Class in Tokyo

    Take part in a cooking class and try your hand at creating various types of sushi.

  • Sushi Lesson

    Japan is world famous for its incredible sushi. Today take the chance to try your hand at making these delicious dishes for yourself.

  • Taiko Drumming Lesson

    Enjoy a demonstration by pro master and a lesson in Taiko drumming in Tokyo. Taiko is broadly a range of large percussion instruments in Japan and its origins sit within Japanese folklore and communication method.

  • Tea Ceremony in Kyoto

    Take part in a traditional Tea Ceremony and gain an insight into this ancient art form and key part of Japanese culture.

  • Tsukiji Morning Market

    Visit the renowned Tsukiji Market in the early morning today on your own and enjoy a mouth-watering Sushi breakfast in the outer market at a restaurant that has been around for over 300 years!

  • Tuna auction with Tuna Dining at Toyosu Fish Market

    Visit the biggest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world, Toyosu Fish Market to experience the excitement of the auction and enjoy a fresh tuna tasting breakfast after the tour.

  • Visit a Master Swordsmith in Tokyo

    Visit a Master Swordsmith at their home in Tokyo to see the art of Japanese sword making.

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    • Stay in a traditional ryokan, a truly authentic experience
    • Stay in the beautiful island of Naoshima, famous for contemporary art galleries and architecture
  • Culinary Japan

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    from £7000 pp inc flights & transfers for 11 nights

    • Japan has offers some of the most interesting and creative cuisines and restaurants in the world and through this itinerary you'll be able to experience some of the country's highlights
    • Take a fun and vibrant street food tour in Osaka, a city known for its love of eating
    • Visit two local markets, Omicho Market and Nishiki Market, to see and taste the freshest local produce of each region
  • Family Fun in Japan

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    • Visit Japan's quirky 'Kiddy Land', a shopping paradise for children that includes manga, cartoons and Japanese anime
    • Spend time at the Ghibli Museum. Designed by Hayao Miyazaki, this is a playful wonderland dedicated to Japanese animation that families adore
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    • Fantastic location of Palace Hotel within easy access to all the cultural sites of Tokyo and plenty of transport links
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Location & directions

Tokyo, Japan

Palace Hotel Tokyo is located in the Marunouchi business district of Tokyo. The Palace Hotel Tokyo is easily accessible from two major stations with 12 railway and subway lines. JR Tokyo Station is an eight-minute walk from the hotel.

How to get there

12-hour International flight to Tokyo International Airport. Palace Hotel is approximately a 30-minute taxi from the airport.

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