Tokyo’s cherry-blossom season isn’t for another six months but the refurbished and newly reopened Prince Sakura Tower Hotel is worth keeping in mind for springtime travelers. The hotel has more than 200 cherry-blossom trees spread out over a 20,000-square-meter garden. Originally opened in 1998, the Prince Sakura is now Marriott’s first Autograph Collection property in Japan and underwent a major US$8.5-million interior renovation overseen by A.N.D’s executive creative director Ryu Kosaka. Under Kosaka’s experienced direction, the hotel’s interiors including hotel rooms, lobby area, restaurants, and public spaces were all redesigned with the philosophy that they should be modern and blend with the seasonal landscape of the hotel’s garden. The hotel boasts 288 refreshed rooms that now feature Simmons Beautyrest mattresses, a 13-option pillow menu, jetted bathtubs in the marble bathrooms, and large windows to admire the garden views.
On the property, guests will find a new culinary edition to the Japanese fine-dining outlet Takanawa Shichiken-Jaya, an Italian restaurant located on the lobby floor that will serve food during the day then serve as a bar in the evenings. For health and relaxation, the Prince Sakura has a gym and personal trainers dedicated to the “slow-training” method, a dry and mist sauna, and a Jacuzzi. Despite its return to nature and focus on tranquility, the Prince Sakura is conveniently located in the heart of bustling Tokyo and is only a three-minute walk from Shinagawa station.
3-13-1 Takanawa; 81-3/5798-1111; Prince Sakura Tower Hotel; doubles from US$248