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Best 5 Star Hotels in Tokyo 2024 (Local guide recommendations)

Tokyo - a huge metropolis, which each year is visited by 20 million tourists. Many of them during their stay in the capital of Japan choose the best five-star hotels in Tokyo. All five-star hotels in Tokyo are located in the central part of the city. Historically, Tokyo was built around the Imperial Palace, like Moscow around the Kremlin. The most prestigious districts for residence Marunouchi and Ginza are located near the Imperial Palace. Staying in these districts, you can always easily get to Tokyo’s main attractions, and in the evening you can go to the best restaurants in the capital, which are within walking distance.

The capital's central train station - Tokyo Station

Top 5 best 5 star hotels in Tokyo

Konstantin Zuev (guide in Tokyo) has compiled this ranking to advise you on a 5-star hotel in downtown Tokyo. All hotels from this rating are located in the center of Tokyo, the most convenient location in terms of logistics and nightlife. I can recommend the hotels on this list based on my years of experience and customer reviews. If you stay in this area, you can easily get to Narita, Haneda, and Tokyo train station, which connects the capital with the major cities of Japan.

1. Conrad

The hotel’s excellent location and price-quality make this hotel first on our list. Ginza, the fish market, and Hamarikyu Garden just behind the hotel are all within walking distance. The hotel is connected to the Yurikamome monorail station, which runs a robot train directly to the garbage island of Odaiba. If I were asked to recommend a good hotel in Tokyo 5 stars, I would recommend this hotel first.

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2. Mandarin Oriental

The renowned hotel chain Mandarin Oriental also has a hotel in Tokyo. A very luxurious hotel with all the amenities and a great view of Tokyo! But its prices (one of the most expensive in the list) and a bit remote location from central Ginza, made this 5* hotel second in our rating. But if you do not have a question of price then feel free to book this hotel.

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3. Shangri-La

Another very good 5* hotel in Tokyo is the Shangri-La. The convenient location (the hotel is adjacent to the Tokyo train station) and the great price are two reasons why my clients very often book this particular hotel. To take the train to Kyoto or Osaka, all you have to do is go down to the first floor and walk to the platform without any fuss. Believe me, it’s very convenient!

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4. Hoshinoya

This is the best Japanese-style 5-star hotel in Tokyo. The Hoshinoya is a hotel for those who want to immerse themselves in the atmosphere of traditional Japanese culture. I recommend this hotel if you want to walk around in a kimono, sleep on the floor with a soft mattress, and have Japanese food for breakfast and dinner! Hoshinoya is located 300 meters from the Imperial Palace in the heart of Tokyo’s “Manhattan” - the Marunouchi neighborhood. This hotel is a high-tech ryokan (Japanese-style hotel). It is the most expensive hotel in our rating of the best hotels in Tokyo, but you will definitely not regret staying there. All of my clients who have stayed at the Hoshinoya have raved about this hotel.

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5. Peninsula

This hotel is located between Ginza and the Imperial Palace. Across the street from the hotel is the Hibiya Imperial Park. Those accustomed to running in the morning, upon leaving the hotel, will discover a 15 km circular route around the Imperial Palace in the heart of Tokyo.

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Second top five best 5-star hotels in Tokyo

Of course, the list of good five-star hotels in Tokyo is not limited to just five names. Next, I will name hotels that are also located in the central part of the city and that you should pay attention to if the previous options did not suit you for some reason.

The top ten best 5-star hotels in Tokyo also include:

  • Ana Intercontinental Tokyo, located in a fashionable neighborhood. Nearby is the Roppongi district, one of the centers of Tokyo nightlife.
  • The Ritz-Carlton, a good 5-star hotel. There are lots of restaurants and bars around.
  • Palace Hotel, the hotel is right across the street from the entrance to the east side of the Imperial Palace. From the rooms on the upper floors of the hotel you can see the entire Imperial Palace complex like the palm of your hand.
  • Four Seasons Hotel
  • Hotel New Otani, located in a quiet area near the Imperial Palace.

If you are planning your trip to Japan, I would recommend the following tour schedule: 2 days in Tokyo, 1 day to visit Nikko, 1 day to the surroundings of Mount Fuji, 1 day to Kamakura. All these days you can live in Tokyo and do field trips. Then it is better to move to Kyoto and spend 3 days and 2 nights there, seeing Kyoto and Nara (30 minutes by train from Kyoto). This is the optimal itinerary for getting to know Japan in a short time (8 days).

P.S. If you are interested in more budget accommodation options in Tokyo, also see “best 4 star hotels in Tokyo“.

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