Heron Hotel Kyoto

Tokyo's modern marvel
Step into the hushed lobby of Conrad Tokyo and you get a hint of what to expect elsewhere in the hotel.

In the center of the room, under a crown of ceiling lights, a shiny oversized cherry-red lacquer stem sprouts from a round black pedestal with its matching calla lily bud lying beside it. Purification 1 by artist Nobuyuki Tanaka tells you that this is a luxury hotel with an eye for contemporary design with Japanese flair.

And you’ll certainly find more in the airy hotel. On the 28th floor, Toko Shinoda’s enormous sumi-e (a traditional brush painting) work For Thee layers red ink on Japanese paper to give off a modern edge. At each elevator bank, Katsunori Kobayashi’s small Gekkaso sculpture shows a cluster of 10 moons that get more full as you travel up the hotel’s 37 floors.

The one visual that will trump the art is the view from the 23-foot-tall floor-to-ceiling windows from the lobby bar TwentyEight. It will be hard to tear yourself away from the vistas of Tokyo Bay and Rainbow Bridge.
Our Inspector's Highlights
  • The art throughout the hotel is stunning. Conrad Tokyo spotlights works from 25 Japanese artists.
  • You will find Tokyo views everywhere you turn, whether it’s in your room or any of the restaurants.
  • Make an appointment at Mizuki Spa, which takes up the entire 29th floor. If you’re traveling with someone, reserve the Mizuki Room so that you can soak in the hinoki cypress bathtub (it gives off a pleasant slight lemon scent), the only one of its kind among Tokyo spas, with a cup of green tea.
  • Conrad Tokyo sits in the Shiodome business district and is close to a number of popular attractions. Hamarikyu Garden, the last-remaining tidal gardens along the Sumida River, is a five-minute stroll; upscale shopping area Ginza with its massive department stores and the famed Tsukiji market are both a 15-minute walk from the luxury hotel. 
  • For help with an itinerary, consult chief concierge Koji Notake. A member of the prestigious Les Clefs d’Or organization, Notake is an in-the-know local expert who will go above and beyond to help you.
Things to Know
  • An expansive breakfast buffet comes complimentary with your hotel stay.
  • While there’s a lobby on the first floor, the main hotel lobby with the reception desk, concierge and bar sits on the 28th floor.
The Rooms
  • All 290 accommodations have a glass wall separating the bathroom from the spacious bedroom, which allows you to soak in the freestanding white tub for two and gaze out of the floor-to-ceiling windows along the back wall (a shade can be lowered to cover the glass wall when you need privacy).
  • The décor of the room follows the rest of the modern Japanese look of the Tokyo hotel. All of the furniture is made of zebrawood, from the closets to the desk. The cream headboard stretches to the ceiling and bears a muted cherry blossom sumi-e-style painting.
  • In the spacious bathroom, gleaming black tile covers the floor, and a dramatic fluorescent light lines the circular mirror — which mimics the moon — at the his-and-hers sinks. It’s stocked with products from London-based Aromatherapy Associates.
  • All rooms come with a view, though we are partial to the panoramas of the bay.
  • Accommodations the 36th and 37th floors give you access to the executive lounge. There, you can sit near the glass-enclosed fireplace with a glass of Japanese wine, hors d'oeuvres and the latest copy of Vogue.
The Restaurants
  • For an authentic Japanese experience, visit Kazahana, where you can choose among kaiseki (a traditional multi-course Japanese meal), sushi or teppan menus.
  • Noted chef Albert Tse crafts modern Cantonese cuisine like stir-fried spiny lobster with cheese-curry sauce in China Blue.
  • On the weekends, China Blue serves a champagne brunch that includes your choice of free-flowing bubbly or Chinese wine, dim sum and more.
  • Collage turns out contemporary French fare, like the pavé of ruby snapper with mussels, tomato garganelli and saffron consommé.
  • Cerise is the all-day dining restaurant, and where you can go for the breakfast buffet.
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Getting There
1-9-1 Higashi Shinbashi, Minato Ku, Tokyo, Japan 105-7337
HND (14-20 min)   NRT (50 min- 1 h 5 min)  
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