Tokyoâ€™s cherry-blossom season isnâ€™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 Marriottâ€™s first Autograph Collection property in Japan and underwent a major US$8.5-million interior renovation overseen by A.N.Dâ€™s executive creative director Ryu Kosaka. Under Kosakaâ€™s experienced direction, the hotelâ€™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 hotelâ€™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.Â For health and relaxation, the Prince Sakura has a gym and personal trainers dedicated to the â€śslow-trainingâ€ť method, a dry and mist sauna, and a Jacuzzi.Â 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