The Okura Tokyo

Tokyo’s modernist icon

A Tokyo landmark since 1962, The Okura Tokyo in Toranomon is a triumphant fusion of 1960s modernist design with fine Japanese craftsmanship.

Popular with royalty, U.S. presidents and even James Bond himself (the Sean Connery incarnation), the historic hotel recently reopened following a $1 billion makeover with new buildings and a meticulously maintained vintage aesthetic. Original artworks line the walls of an exact replica of the old lobby — even the new carpet is identical to ensure none of the magic and glamour is lost.

New updates include an elegant rooftop bar and the only spa in Tokyo to offer treatments from luxe French skincare brand Annayake. Surrounded by gorgeous trees and greenery that are beautiful in any season, the luxury hotel feels worlds away from the bustle of the capital, though many of the city’s after-hours hot spots are just steps from your front door.

Our Inspector's Highlights

  • Following its 2019 remodel, The Okura Tokyo now consists of two towers: the modern and opulent 41-floor Prestige Tower, and the traditional Japanese-style 17-story Heritage Wing.
  • The 27th-floor Okura Fitness & Spa Annayake is the first in Japan to feature services from the French skincare brand. Treatments feature a sumptuous blend of East meets West with ingredients like yuzu lime, lavender and watermelon oil.
  • Perched on the 41st floor of Prestige Tower, Starlight lounge is a great place for an intimate gathering or party with a twinkling view of Tokyo’s lights. The bar carries a selection of classic and creative cocktails (try the carrot martini), a wine cellar and exclusive Japanese whisky made especially for Okura Tokyo by historic distillery Suntory.
  • Okura Museum of Art is an exquisite, 100-year-old Japanese exhibition hall at the front of the property that houses a selection of Japanese and East Asian artwork. Hotel guests gain free entry.
  • There are seven restaurants and bars within The Okura, serving everything from teppanyaki to haute French cuisine. Be sure to book a table at Sazanka, where live-action cooking is complemented by sweeping views of Tokyo’s skyscrapers.

Things to Know

  • For James Bond fans, this hotel is a place of pilgrimage. In Ian Fleming's novel You Only Live Twice, 007 stayed at The Okura Tokyo and visited the bar.
  • The luxury hotel is serviced by three different metro stations, all within a few minutes’ stroll. The ever-present queue of taxis out front means that it’s easy to get around Tokyo without having to drive.
  • The Okura Tokyo sits in a coveted location near the embassy district, the Japanese government ministry buildings and within walking distance to Roppongi’s dining, shopping and nightlife.

The Rooms

  • While style variations depend on which tower you stay in, each of the 508 rooms are furnished in neutral tones with Japanese-style blinds, artwork and high-tech bathrooms.
  • Japanese porcelain and pottery from various regions are on display in the corridors and each room — as is exquisite origami art.
  • Ultra-luxe bathroom amenities include English Bamford or Miler Harris toiletries, Japan-based Three cosmetics, top-of-the-line Dyson Supersonic hair dryers and fluffy Japanese imabari towels.

The Look

  • Designed by renowned Japanese architect Yoshio Taniguchi, the new lobby retains its iconic look with updated versions of its famous hexagonal lanterns remade from the originals. Paper shoji screens, minimal modern chairs and low, lacquered tables give the area an atmosphere of 1960s Japan.
  • Striking art, such as silk patchwork and the Sanjuroku-nin kashu (“Thirty-six Immortals of Poetry”) panels, adorn the entrances to the hotel.
  • Both towers feature statement pieces that give a glimpse of the design aesthetic to come. Seasonal ikebana flower arrangements fill the large central vase in the Prestige Tower, while the Heritage Wing has an exquisite 41-foot wisteria chandelier made of beautiful violet crystal designed by French architect Lina Ghotmeh.

24-hour room service
Indoor pool
Meeting rooms
Getting There
2-10-4 Toranomon Minato-ku, Tokyo, 105-0001 Japan
HND (14-20 min)   NRT (50 min- 1 h 5 min)  
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