New Openings: Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo At Otemachi

September 1 will mark the debut of the brand’s second property in the Japanese capital.

A king room inside the Four Seasons Tokyo At Otemachi. (All photos courtesy of Four Seasons)

Nearly 20 years after Four Seasons put down roots in Japan with the opening of the Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo At Marunouchi, the ultra-luxe brand is set to launch its sophomore Tokyo property next week. Located in the heart of the financial district and directly accessible from Otemachi subway station, the biggest in the city, Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Otemachi occupies the top six floors of a new 39-story tower by global architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.

Inside, a restrained look complements the sweeping views of the Imperial Palace and the Tokyo cityscape enjoyed from many of the Four Seasons’ public and private spaces. In his role as lead designer of the interiors firm Denniston, celebrated architect Jean-Michel Gathy gave much of the hotel its minimalistic appeal. All 190 guest rooms and suites are adorned with specially commissioned pieces by visual artist Namiko Kitaura, who was inspired by the fabrics of Japanese fashion icon Issey Miyake. Notably, three of the property’s drinking and dining venues have been designed by the Tokyo-based SPIN Design Studio.

A twin room at the soon-to-open hotel.

Antipasti platters are on the menu at Italian restaurant Pignato.

Pignato’s rooftop terrace enjoys sweeping views of the Tokyo cityscape.

The Four Seasons’ exciting lineup of bars and restaurants, overseen by Italian executive chef Marco Riva, reflect the cosmopolitan appeal and energy of modern Tokyo. Modern French cuisine made with top-notch seasonal ingredients from across Japan take the spotlight at Est, where the kitchen is led by Guillaume Bracaval, who previously helmed the now-shuttered Michel Troisgros, a two-Michelin-star venue at the Hyatt Regency Tokyo. Next door, relaxed Italian eatery Pigneto features four show kitchens and an open-air terrace facing the Imperial Palace Gardens. Gourmet pizzas and the indulgent Fiorentina di Chianina, or Florentine-style T-bone steak, are just a few of the many options on the menu, and Pigneto’s aperitivo hour rewards patrons with free-flow prosecco, fine wines, and Italian cocktails from 6 to 8 p.m. on a daily basis.

At destination bar Virtù, head bartender Joshua Perez offers up an avant-garde take on classic French flavors, playing up vintage spirits and rare French brandies in an approach guided by the Japanese concept of kodawari, or the relentless pursuit of perfection. Meanwhile, afternoon tea with a local touch beckons at The Lounge; its executive pastry chef Yusuke Aoki has teamed up with wagashi artists to create exquisite seasonal parfaits and Japanese desserts.

A fabric installation by Namiko Kitaura graces the lobby of The Spa.

Male and female locker rooms at The Spa both feature a communal ofuro (Japanese bath).

The 20-meter swimming pool at The Spa.

One of The Spa’s five private treatment rooms.

Another highlight is The Spa, a Zen-inspired sanctuary on the 39th floor with its own elevator. Aside from five treatment rooms, including one designed for couples, The Spa features a gym and a 20-meter indoor heated pool. Both male and female locker rooms are equipped with steam rooms and ofuro (Japanese baths) as well. When it comes to beauty and wellness treatments, specialized machines harness the latest technology for even better results, while The Spa’s signature wellbeing ritual is inspired by yakusugi, the 1,000-year-old Japanese cedars on the subtropical island of Yakushima.

Valid until February 28, 2021, the Four Seasons’ Introductory Offer package features 15 percent savings on the room rate, plus the same discount on spa treatments and as food and drinks across all in-house dining outlets. Other perks include daily breakfast and a complimentary dinner for two. For more information about the property, click here.

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