Four Seasons Otemachi Review: A Contrast Between Tradition & Modernity
Tokyo, the blooming modern metropolis that is rooted in Japan's culture and history, is a city that defies expectations at every turn. With every neighbourhood offering a distinctive character and vibrance, Four Seasons Hotel Group's Otemachi property welcomes its guests with traditional Japanese omotenashi, the art of hospitality, and urban prosperity across its top 6 floors of the Otemachi One Tower landmark.
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Otemachi is the home to the solemn Imperial Palace, its grand Outer Garden and a cosmic financial district that hosts many business headquarters. Its allure lies not just in its opulent natural scenery, historic significance, or its intensive business activities but in the rich blending and contrasting of it all.
Here, you can stroll through the Marunouchi Naka-dori Avenue decked with small boutiques and find yourself in front of the Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum housed in the late 19th-century building that showcases traditional Japanese art and literature. Or, you can nestle yourself in a nearby cafe in the Outer Garden and admire the nation's history against the city's modern skyline. And just a little further, it is where the modern Tokyo International Forum is located and where many international events are hosted. Within the Otemachi Station and Tokyo Station, you can access KITTE's rooftop gardens and the scrumptious underground vibrant souvenirs and delights. There is always something happening every time you enter the district.
Four Seasons Otemachi boasts 162 guest rooms and 28 suites from the 33rd to the 39th floor. Its chic interiors are designed by the award-winning Belgium designer Jean-Michel Gathy along with DENNISTON and DESIGN STUDIO SPIN. Just like its neighbourhood, the rooms present a vivid contrast between traditional Japanese elements and Four Seasons' modern luxury.
Through the floor-to-ceiling windows, the rooms gaze onto Skytree Tower and/or the Imperial Palace, as well as the city skyline that glistens softly at night. The attention to detail is present in the bespoke artworks that pay homage to Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake, down to the sleep playlist created by the property's Director of Spa and Wellness. Every corner seems to reflect Four Seasons' world-class hospitality.
The hotel is very mindful of its dining options, only delivering the best. PIGNETO specialises in Italian recipes of Sicily, Tuscany and Piedmont with seasonal menus that optimise fresh and quality protein and produce. At VIRTÙ, it is where the mix of contemporary Tokyo and old Parisian glamour is reflected in its drinks. The bar is a celebration of French and Japanese spirits, to taste an array of delectable drinks from brandies, fruit eau di vie, shochu, gins, and Gaelic to Japanese whiskies.
The crème de la crème of its dining establishment is the Michelin-starred est, offering fine dining which artfully blends classic French recipes with Japanese techniques. Helmed by Chef Guillaume Bracaval and Pastry Chef Michele Abbatemarco, this restaurant focuses on seasonal ingredients and sustainable practices. The experience began with Smoked Mackerel, Corn Tart, and Sourdough with soya bean edamame hummus and olive oil; then Crayfish with cream sauce, cucumber; Summer vegetables tart with Parmesan cheese, tomato and butter sauce; Tuna, slightly grilled, green bean, paprika; Pork, eggplant, yoghurt-miso; to end beautifully with Claud Viallat artwork inspired dessert.
For an exquisite tea time in the prestige hotel, THE LOUNGE presents an eclectic menu of high tea to pair with its star element- a selection of traditional Japanese delicacies with fine French pastries. From handcrafted wagashi to chesnut and cassis mouse, the afternoon tea set at THE LOUNGE is a delight for all.
The Spa at Four Seasons Otemachi offers five treatment rooms for a Japanese-influenced natural treatment to balance the mind and body. While the minimalistic spaces are designed to craft a sense of calmness, the treatment menu is designed to take your relaxation to a new height, whether it is a skincare, a facial or a massage.
Up on the grand 39th floor, you can also find a 20-metre indoor heated pool right by a panoramic view of the capital. You can sink yourself into the poolside sofas or dip yourself in the warm waters for a rejuvenating swim.
Four Seasons Otemachi, an aesthetic contrast of the past and present, is a luxury haven that effortlessly blends modernity with the timeless grace of Japanese hospitality.
Address: 1-2-1 Otemachi, Chiyoda-Ku, Tokyo, Japan | Website: fourseasons.com/otemachi | Phone: +81 3 6810 0600 | Email: email@example.com | Instagram: @fsotemachi | Facebook: @FourSeasonsHotelTokyoOtemachi