Aman Tokyo is a serene urban sanctuary high above the whirl of tradition and modernity that epitomises this cosmopolitan city
Serene and soothingly minimalist, Aman Tokyo takes an understated yet luxurious approach to hospitality that makes it an urban retreat quite unlike any other hotel in the city. The hotel occupies the top six floors of the 38-storey Otemachi Tower, offering epic panoramas over the Imperial Palace Gardens, the skyscrapers of Shinjuku and the surrounding Tokyo landmarks. On clear days, Mount Fuji can be observed on the horizon. At the foot of Aman Tokyo lies the Otemachi Forest, a meticulously created natural oasis.
Striking a balance of curated minimalism that nonetheless evokes a strong sense of place, the hotel exudes a definite Zen quality that can be described as both Aman and Japanese. Its sleek design is rooted in ritual – a perfect balance of urban dynamism and cultural sensibility. It beautifully juxtaposes the minimalistic with the traditional and the classic with the modern.
From fine dining to world-class spa treatments, Aman Tokyo is both a buzzling social hub and a serene escape. Each of the 84 rooms and suites takes full advantage of the lofty position with floor-to-ceiling windows that let light in during the daytime and frame the awe-inspiring lit-up cityscape at night.
The jaw-dropping lobby is an ethereal landscape of black granite pillars and teak woods with massive glazed curtain walls that reveal dramatic views. A peaceful inner garden and the serene Aman Spa and swimming pool complete the rarefied sanctuary.
Breathtakingly beautiful design with understated sleekness and a simple, clean aesthetic
Exquisitely designed and detailed by Kerry Hill Architects, the interior of Aman Tokyo is one of the most visually striking in the entire city.
The overwhelmingly beautiful design balances clean modernist forms with strong references that draw on the quintessential Japanese design aesthetic and incorporate age-old Japanese elements. The timeless beauty and restrained design sensibility are echoed in the clean lines and a sleek, yet warm palette. This is where simplicity meets the aesthetic purity of the most authentic minimalism.
A poetic interplay of light and shadow, fine tonality and classic Japanese materials – including basalt stone, cypress wood and washi paper – creates spaces that are compelling and entrancing, whilst the theatrically architectural employment of scale, proportion and perspective garners interest and awe.
The lobby, a striking design statement from every angle and soaring nearly 30 metres, is a grand architectural achievement resembling the interior of a Japanese paper lantern. The walls are 26 metres and, like the ceiling, are lined with layers of textured translucent washi paper to give the impression of being inside a gigantic lantern that is anchored by imposing, austere granite pillars and grey slate walls.
During the day, the lantern allows diffused sunlight to illuminate the lobby area, whilst in the evenings the atmosphere evolves via a warm, ambient glow. In the middle sits a tree of the season (for example a peach tree in March and then a cherry tree in April during the city’s famous cherry blossom season), silhouetted against the floor-to-ceiling windows revealing the Tokyo cityscape.
A plethora of artworks adorn the hotel. Perhaps the most elegant are the stucco flowers in the corridors. Syuhei Hasado, one of the few remaining Sakan, or plaster craftsmen, uses traditional techniques and natural materials to design innovative plasterwork. Graceful, precise and inspired by nature, the handmade stucco art is a perfect addition to the minimalist surroundings.
The wonderfully serene accommodation is defined by Zen aesthetics and pristine beauty
The 84 elegant rooms and suites are lofty urban sanctuaries that reflect a sleek, modern interpretation of a traditional Japanese residential aesthetic.
The Zen-like interior taps into Japan’s design heritage, incorporating classical materials such as camphor wood, stone and traditional washi paper. Further Japanese touches include abstract calligraphy scrolls, tatami mat rugs, paper lanterns, traditional ceramics and wooden boxes containing seasonal fruits.
The pale wood floors, cypress wall panelling and floor-to-ceiling windows fill the room with light and provide magnificent views of the impressive Tokyo skyline and on clear days, a view of the iconic Mount Fuji on the horizon.
The rooms and suites are arranged in Japanese residential style – simple, calm and luxurious. The furniture is clean-lined and minimal, yet comfort always seems to reign. The bedrooms are filled with light from a wall of glass, which is lined with is a long, low day bed upholstered in stark black. The incredibly comfortable bed is situated in the middle of the room and is facing the expanse of windows that afford mesmerising urban vistas.
Sliding shoji screens made of delicate washi paper separate the light-filled sleeping and living area from the striking black basalt-lined bathrooms.
Steeped in light, the oversized bathroom features a walk-in shower/wet room that leads up to a large granite furo – a deep soaking tub intrinsic to the Japanese bathing ritual. The interiors are all high-tech with heated flooring and Neorest washlet toilets. A nocturnal soak in the deep, square stone bath – infused with Japanese cypress (hinoki) bath salts – while savouring the sparkling views of Tokyo after dark, makes for an unforgettable experience.
Remote control blackout shades, state-of-the-art entertainment including Bose sound system, minibar with free bottled water, Nespresso coffee machine and Aman bath products, add comfortable touches. Suites also have mini wine fridges.
One really cannot go wrong with room choices. All are impressively sized – the smallest feature 71m² of luxury – look out over the city and are finished in classic Japanese minimalist design.
The Aman Suites are the largest with 157m² of indulgent space. Each suite offers a separate bedroom and a living room with dining area and pantry. Their lofty aspect and generous proportions impart a palpable sense of serenity that complements tranquil views of the Imperial Palace Gardens and the Tokyo Skytree.
Fine culinary experiences
Providing a range of dining options, Aman Tokyo offers the perfect location to enjoy a healthy breakfast, a delicious lunch, light bites, stylish afternoon tea or a luxury dinner at the hands of the hotel’s talented chefs whilst taking in the spectacular views of the amazing cityscape.
Arva is a fine dining restaurant that is framed by sensational views of the Imperial Palace Gardens and clear-weather views of Mount Fuji. It provides an elevated dining experience with honest Italian dishes that champion the incredible Japanese ingredients sourced locally.
The cuisine pays respect to the roots of Italy’s culinary traditions, whilst at the same time embracing Aman’s sense-of-place philosophy and integrating seamlessly the destination’s history, locality and culture.
The Italian restaurant concept for Arva is conceived by Executive Chefs Stefano Artosin and Andrea Torre, where they combine Italian family-style culinary traditions with fresh, locally sourced ingredients such as Sagamihara eggs, Hasegawa Farm mushrooms and Yamanashi Nakamura Farm guinea fowl. The chefs work with local farmers, fishermen, market traders and niche suppliers to source the best produce available in the region. The result is a selection of original dishes that are heart-warmingly tasty, seasonal, packed with bold flavours and executed with flair and precision.
The fine dining room at Arva is complemented by a striking 2-storey, glass-fronted walk-in wine cellar. The restaurant works with exclusive winemakers from around the world and one of the country’s most revered sake masters – the Niizawa Brewery in Miyagi – and is stocked with over 1,200 carefully selected wines.
An exceptional dining experience awaits at Musashi by Aman that truly lives up to its lofty location. Situated on the 34th floor of the urban sanctuary with views of the capital’s skyline, Musashi by Aman introduces traditional and authentic sushi of the highest quality.
The restaurant’s interior, designed by the acclaimed Yukio Hashimoto, features a stunning 8-seat counter fashioned from hinoki cypress. Here diners may witness true sushi artisans at work. Led by renowned Master Sushi Chef Hiroyuki Musashi, whose career spans over 30 years, the eatery pays absolute attention to detail at every step, from preparing the fish and rice to serving the customers. His quest for aesthetic perfection and dedication can be seen through the quality of his work.
With a great commitment and passion for Edomae-style sushi, Chef Musashi has influenced this traditional craft with a distinctly modern perspective and meticulous elegance. The exquisitely sumptuous menu displays a wonderful balance of grace, artistry, technical ability and taste.
The restaurant celebrates the Japanese tradition of Omakase – which roughly translates to leaving the decisions to the chef – which truly comes to life with the kitchen’s amazing creations. The chef will choose the finest seasonal ingredients as well as the catches of the day.
Early every morning, the master chef travels to the fish market to select the freshest seasonal fish and seafood. Delicacies available elsewhere are also flown in daily, to ensure the menu reflects the best of Japanese produce.
With its minimalist design aesthetic and soothing palette, Musashi by Aman feels stylish and welcoming. The hotel’s signature sake comes served in Edo Kiriko glasses, each piece bearing a spectacular pattern hand-cut by Toru Horiguchi. The beautiful plates have been custom made by ceramicist Shigeo Tanaka, whilst the traditional Japanese lacquerware comes from Wajima.
Musashi by Aman is an opportunity to become immersed in the world of Japanese craftsmanship and cuisine.
A chic spot, the Lounge by Aman serves drinks and an international all-day menu as well as snacks and afternoon tea.
The Japanese-style garden and bar lounge is framed by vast floor-to-ceiling windows, affording an epic vista of Tokyo’s beautiful cityscape that is the foreground of its world-renowned mountain. The lounge is magically lit in the evening with decorative washi paper lanterns.
The Lounge by Aman offers delicious sandwiches, salads and a not-to-be-missed Aman Tokyo Wagyu burger. The popular Afternoon Tea – an Aman Tokyo speciality – is a must. Dishes include sweet treats by patissier Yoshihisa Miyagawa and are paired with traditional green tea or the famous black tea.
The hotel’s expert mixologists concoct signature tipples from behind the bar. Specialities include a martini collection infused with local ingredients and a Japanese mojito. Sake, beers, wines, spirits and renowned Japanese whiskies are also available
Set within the 3,600m2 Otemachi Forest, The Café by Aman is a casual French restaurant for indoor and al fresco dining.
More than 50 kinds of premium Cuban and international cigars may be sampled from the Fumoir, the hotel’s cigar lounge. Discover new liquor and cigar pairings, or savour old favourites, which can be stored in private bottle lockers.
Showstopping wellness and spa facilities
With a definite wow factor, the Aman Spa, spanning two serene floors and an epic 2,500m², is truly grand in its size and elegance. The largest and most comprehensive hotel spa in the city embraces a holistic approach to wellness through movement, treatments and therapies, relaxation and nutrition. It is complete with treatment rooms, a world-class fitness centre, dedicated yoga and Pilates studios, onsens (hot baths) and a breathtaking black basalt-lined swimming pool. The dazzlingly elegant and serene spa, with minimalist aesthetics and clean-lined natural materials, is a blissful oasis of luxury for total relaxation and rejuvenation.
The spa’s centrepiece is the striking 30-metre indoor swimming pool. The entire high-ceilinged area and the pool itself are tiled in impressive black volcanic rock, surrounded by vast expanses of glazing against the backdrop of the Tokyo skyline. Comfortable double daybeds provide the ultimate perch from which to enjoy the panoramic views of the city and beyond. The sheer scale and beauty make the area a masterpiece of design.
The Zen-inspired uncluttered spa, with calming Japanese wood panelling, has eight spacious treatment rooms – including dressing room, treatment area, bathroom, steam shower and relaxation area – as well as large Japanese-style hot baths and steam rooms. A comprehensive range of treatments, therapies and facilities draws on the Japanese principles of nature and balance.
The superlative spa treatments fuse seasonal herbs, local oils and traditional Japanese kampo therapies, which are derived from classical Chinese medicine. Each treatment may be tailored to individual needs. The spa uses Aman’s own brand of products, suitable for both men and women. Made from the highest quality natural ingredients known for their anti-ageing and balancing characteristics, Aman’s skincare products penetrate deep into the skin to nourish and rejuvenate. Plant essences and extracts have been carefully sourced from around the world for their purity, potency and therapeutic qualities.
Fitness facilities include the spacious, light-filled Fitness Centre, equipped with the latest in cardiovascular and weight-training machinery from Technogym and Life Fitness, as well as TRX and spinning bikes. There is also a dedicated yoga studio and a dedicated Pilates studio that is equipped with Allegro Reformers and other Pilates-specific apparatus. Guests may book individual or group classes with experienced Pilates and yoga instructors, or personal training sessions with in-house personal trainers.
One of the most stunning hotel lobbies in the world – a true work of art
The atrium lobby is a monumental space, located beneath a 30-metre soaring ceiling of translucent washi rice paper and designed to resemble a giant shoji lantern. Grand in the truest sense of the word, the vast expanse measures 40 metres long by 11 metres wide.
Dark basalt stone walls and wood floors make a striking contrast to the light-coloured paper lantern. These materials, combined with the changes in height and scale, and the changing light that creates a play of textures and effects, combine to create a magical space. The surrounding walls of glass give way to gasp-inducing Tokyo views.
Beneath the lantern is the hotel’s inner garden. The elegant internal garden, which features a reflective pond, two meditative rock gardens and a dramatic ikebana flower arrangement, creates a pure Zen atmosphere. There are plenty of lounge seats for socialising or taking in the tranquil ambience.
Here, the architects have created an engawa – a veranda-like space between the garden and living areas in traditional Japanese homes – that blurs the boundary between indoors and out. The engawa allows visitors to walk around the lobby, enjoying the beauty of the stone gardens and the pond, with sakuras (cherry blossoms) in bloom.
True to the Aman’s signature understated style, the ground-floor entrance is discreetly tucked away from the bustling activity of the city. It reveals a small reception area that features a desk made from the immense trunk of a 250-year-old camphor tree. From here, elevators take guests to the 33rd floor, where the hotel’s sensational lobby steals the show.
There is a resident’s library – a fundamental part of the Aman brand, lined with books on Japanese art and culture – as well as some Japanese artefacts.
Otemachi Forest, an oasis of green at the foot of the hotel building, was more than three years in the making. The woodlands comprise hundreds of species and more than 56,000 individually selected plants. It is a perfect spot to chill after an intensive day of sightseeing or conducting business in this hectic yet fascinating metropolis.
Perched above the Tokyo skyline, the private dining room, meeting room and boardroom are ideal for that special occasion, such as birthdays, anniversaries, board meetings and executive retreats.
A prime location in the heart of Tokyo
Aman Tokyo is superbly located in the bustling Otemachi business district, just steps from the world-famous Ginza shopping district, as well as from Tokyo Station, which is the terminal for the nationwide Shinkansen bullet train network.
The hotel is on the doorstep of the verdant Imperial Palace Gardens, whilst the historic commercial hub of the Edo period, Nihonbashi, is also nearby. So too are the buzzing Shibuya district and the skyscrapers of Shinjuku, whilst trips beyond the capital – including to Mount Fuji – may be arranged.
Representing a convenient base in the Japanese capital for both leisure and business travellers, the hotel is connected to the Otemachi subway station, from where five lines provide easy access to all points of interest in the city.
Aman Tokyo is easily reached from both airports: Haneda (about 40 minutes by car) and Narita (about 90 minutes by car).
Aman Tokyo is as serene as it is sleek
For those in search of pure luxury, indulgence and beauty, Aman Tokyo is a flawlessly executed design statement. Breathtakingly beautiful and stylish, it truly redefines what a stay at a megacity hotel should be, with a strong focus on urban sumptuousness and serenity.