FrontRunners April 2015: Perfect Zen
Located within the top six floors of the financial district’s Otemachi Tower, the Aman Tokyo (amantokyo.com) is a rare retreat amid the Japanese capital’s vast and vibrant urban sprawl. Guests arriving at the hotel, which opened in December, can pass through Otemachi Forest, a 38,750-square-foot ground-floor garden thick with konara oaks and gingko. An ascent to the 33rd floor leads to a lobby with a reception desk carved from an ancient camphor tree. Washi paper screens, chestnut floors lined with tatami mats, and furo-style soaking tubs bring traditional Japanese minimalism to the 84 guest rooms and suites, many of which offer a glimpse of Mount Fuji beyond the booming metropolis. In the 26,900-square-foot spa, patrons don kimono-style robes and choose from a variety of Western and Japanese treatments; a similar East-meets-West mix is found in the restaurant, which serves pan-Asian and Mediterranean cuisines. For a purely local experience, the hotel’s concierge can arrange a trip to the historic Miyasaka sake brewery or a visit to the Tsukiji fish market.