Welcome to Tokyo

The Peninsula opens its doors

By: Terra Judge

As of Sept. 1, The Peninsula Tokyo is open for business. The opening was celebrated by a ribbon cutting by Peninsula and business partner Mitsubishi Estate Company executives, followed by a lion dance, a Hong Kong tradition to ensure good fortune for the launch of a new venture.

“The sheer variety of Tokyo’s attractions is world famous not only the bustling streets and booming economy, but also the traditions and renowned culture of the Japanese people, and the The Peninsula Tokyo attempts to encapsulate all these sentiments in its architecture, interiors, public areas and guestrooms,” said Michael Kadoorie, chairman of The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited. “Together, we shall endeavor to become active and dependable contributors to Tokyo’s vibrant community, weaving our magic into the lives of those we serve.”

Located in the fashionable lifestyle district of Marunouchi, The Peninsula is the only freestanding luxury hotel to be built in Tokyo in more than a decade

The 24-story property was designed by Kazukiyo Sato, who envisioned The Peninsula Tokyo as a traditional Japanese lantern at the entrance of Marunouchi and Ginza.

With 314 guestrooms, including 47 suites, the property offers numerous amenities. Five restaurants, a modern lounge bar, two ballrooms, six function rooms, a wedding chapel, a Japanese ceremony room, a fitness center, The Peninsula Spa by ESPA, a fleet of Rolls-Royces and three jewelry shops complete the hotel.

Rooftop restaurant Peter offers international cuisine with 360-degree views of Tokyo and the Imperial Gardens. The restaurant, designed by Yabu Pushelberg, also offers chrome trees, private dining areas and an interactive video wall.

Other technological treats of the hotel are found in the guestrooms. Personal nail dryers are in each dressing room, and bathrooms can be transformed into spa environments by pushing a button.

Each guestroom also features two types of telephones a wired phone, which can be synchronized with guests’ personal mobile phones to enable the automatic transfer of incoming calls via Bluetooth to any handset in the room, and to make Skype calls as well. The second phone is portable, functioning anywhere within the hotel as the in-room phone and converting to a mobile phone to place outgoing calls outside the hotel through the Tokyo metropolitan area.

Room rates at The Peninsula Tokyo begin at about $516 per night.