One of Tokyo‘s historic hotels – The Tokyo Station Hotel - will be reopening its doors on 3rd October 2012.
The hotel takes up a large part of the historic red brick building that was originally built in 1914 and has been undergoing a complete renovation since March 2006. The hotel is already accepting reservations for its wedding and function rooms.
Built in an eye-catchingly un-Japanese style, the building embodied Japan’s social and cultural globalization and modernization efforts in the early 20th century.
Giorgio Armani has opened a new wine bar in Tokyo located on the top floor of the Armani Ginza Tower.
Formally a private, member-only bar, the new space is now a wine lounge open to the general public. Over 300 types of Italian wine are available.
Armani hopes to introduce Japanese shoppers to the idea of the Italian aperitivo, by offering wine and small bites on the top floor and a full dinner on the floor below.
For the first time in at least two decades of reporting the worldwide cost of living survey Zurich sits atop the ranking as the world’s most expensive city.
An index swing of 34 percentage points pushed the Swiss city up 4 places compared to last year to overtake Tokyo which remains in 2nd place.
Geneva, the other Swiss city surveyed saw a 30 percentage point rise in the cost of living to move up six places into joint third alongside Osaka.
The Shangri-La Hotel in Tokyo has been named as the number one Luxury Hotel in the World in the Traveler’s Choice 2012 Awards by TripAdvisor.
The awards are based on reviews and opinions provided by travelers and were introduced 10 years ago.
The categories for 2012 have been expanded to include top-25 lists for 30 countries and regions, as well as an international competition for the best properties to visit.
Even though Christmas is not a traditional Japanese celebration, few places in the world mark December 25 with such gusto as Tokyo.
The Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo has announced a WISH.forJapan Christmas package that is available December 10-25.
10 percent of the price, which starts at Y52,000 per night will go to support people affected by the earthquake and tsunami that struck northeast Japan in March.
Tokyo has now more Michelin three star restaurants than Paris, according to the latest edition of the gastronomical guide.
Japan as a whole also beats France, with 32 establishments granted the maximum grade, against 25 in the guide’s home country. Paris has just 10 three star eateries.
Of Tokyo’s 160,000 restaurants, 16 were awarded top marks, 52 got two stars and 179 were deemed worthy of one star by the authors of the Red Guide.