I first stayed in the Okura in 1982 and promised myself a return visit one day. I have been to Japan many times since 1982 and took my wife there in March 2013. It is virtually unchanged. Service is very good, not perfect. We ended up lugging six cases to the Limousine bus pick-up point. I anticipated staff rushing to help from the lift to the entrance door. Didn't happen? It isn't a Western hotel, nor is it anywhere near a Ryokan. It is 1960s Japanese, esp. in its decor. Nicely understated, pastel, flowers everywhere. It certainly isn't black and chrome. Kimono clad women greet you in and out of the lift on the lobby floor(s). I booked a Grand Comfort double room in the main building. It was nicely furnished and had a good modern bathroom. The carpet though not all dirty was showing signs of slight ageing. i.e. marked by previous guest(s). The highlight for me was the breakfast and this is where the Okura scores. Instead of the normal fare of views across modern Tokyo sky-scape, here you breakfast and look across a beautiful garden with water features incl. full sized beautifully marked Carp swimming leisurely. On a nice day, if you are fortunate to get one, you can sit at the small number of outside tables in the garden. Marvellous. This was the highlight for me.
The Okura is opposite the US and near the Spanish Embassies and is in a quiet area of Tokyo. It certainly isn't bustling etc. The subway system access is a 5 min walk. The Okura is traditional. So, it appeared, were many of the guests.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In both the Main Building and South Wing, where Japanese traditional design is carefully preserved, guest rooms ranging from standard to suites are available, providing an array of room choices each offering true relaxation. It is our hope that guests, greeted upon arrival in the room by a traditional folded paper crane, will enjoy a comfortable stay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Okura Tokyo Hotel
- Okura Tokyo Minato
- Hotel Okura Tokyo Japan