Welcome to Lockdown Wanderlust, our new series where we explore places that only a plane can take us. We may not be able to travel out of the country anytime soon, but we can dream and bookmark these places for some revenge travel once the borders open.
The Tokyo Edition, Toranomon recently opened its doors to the public in October 2020. We weren’t there for the launch, but it sure feels like we are through these pictures. Located in a central position near Kamiyacho, Roppongi-Itchome, and Toranomon, the hotel is just a short walk away from the city’s best attractions. It’s housed in the Tokyo World Gate skyscraper and occupies floors 31-36 for some of the best views in Tokyo to wake up to.
Like all Edition hotels, The Tokyo Edition, Toranomon is refined and elegant, yet unrelenting to the status quo. The hotel was designed in partnership with architect Kengo Kuma – who designed the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, among many other iconic projects – and embodies the very essence of what makes Tokyo so unique.
One of the many standout features of the hotel is the soaring public space, inspired by Buddhist temples. Similar to how Buddhist temples utilises a central courtyard for ceremonies and gatherings, the hotel’s two-storey lobby in a centralised space operates in a similar way as a modern place of gathering. The public space has 10 entertaining and working spaces including restaurants helmed by award-winning Michelin-starred chef Tom Aikens.
There is the Blue Room, a romantic restaurant with high ceilings and excellent views of the city; the Jade Room featuring a bespoke menu of local Japanese flavours; and Garden Terrace, an outdoor extension of the Jade Room with over 500 plants, trees, and shrubs making you feel like you’re in a suspended garden high above the streets. Take a nightcap over at Gold Bar at Edition, a sophisticated tippling club decked in white, gold, and black marble. If not, there is also the Lobby Bar in the heart of the hotel. Both bars will serve original custom cocktails, which we are sure will add to the long list of excellent cocktail bars in Tokyo.
But of course, we also want to know the living offerings at The Tokyo Edition, Toranomon. There are 206 rooms with 22 suites, some of which feature private terraces that boast unobstructed views of the Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Bay. The room decor keeps things minimal in a neutral, ‘no-colour’ palette with treated white oak, light grey, ivory, and silver textiles. Tokyo is already a bustling city — you’ll want to come home to a zen reprieve after all that.
Other amenities in the hotel include a spa with healing and beauty treatments using products from Japan, a 24-hour gym with Technogym equipment, a swimming pool and jacuzzi, and four meeting rooms that can be combined to create ballroom that accommodates up to 250 guests.
(All images: The Tokyo Edition/ Nikolas Koenig)