GAIN NEW INSPIRATION FROM TOKYO’S NIGHTLIFE
- Visit the trendiest location
- Gain new inspiration from Tokyo’s nightlife
Breaking into Tokyo’s nightlife in 2017 is 1 OAK TOKYO, a must-visit destination during your stay in Tokyo.
Its flagship location in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City is a mecca for celebrities from the fashion and music industries. The venue even hosted a Grammy Awards after-party. This legendary club has expanded to locations in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and now Tokyo, it’s first in Asia.
The two-story club is the largest of its kind in Tokyo, and is expected to soon expand to a third level. Larger than its New York counterpart, the Tokyo location has the same hip vibe. Like all other locations, the entrance’s cool visuals are the creation of the Mercer Project, directed by Roy Nachum, who had previously worked on Rihanna’s ANTI album. Paintings and artwork by Roy, whose vast experiences put him in the forefront of the art world, are scattered throughout the venue, conveying an intellectual story. The stylish lighting system, the shattering sound system, and refined sense and hospitality are made possible by resident DJ’s from New York create an exclusive experience. Check out the club not only to see the venue that’s changing Tokyo’s nightlife, but to explore a brand new entertainment style.
EXPERIENCE A TRENDING WORKOUT
- Don’t miss a day of training during your stay
- Experience this trending new workout!
Burning calories, toning your body, and relieving stress. These everyday goals need not be neglected during travel! Look no further than Tokyo’s trendiest, most talked about workout for an efficient way to achieve these goals.
White sandbags are lined up within b-monster’s dimly lit studio. Here, one can experience boxing in the dark. Spotlights break up the darkness while loud music and instructors get your blood flowing. Continuous punches, guards, and footwork will elevate your mood and leave you drenched in sweat. Incorporating squats and side planks, the high impact interval training workout tones the stomach, back, and hamstrings. The wearable heart rate monitor allows you to check your progress in real time.
The effects of the dark room are more than you can imagine. Not confident in your boxing form? Not to worry. No one can see you, and the darkness enhances focus. With the potential to burn up to 1000kcal, the 45-minute session blows off your anxieties and leaves you feeling pleasantly fatigued. Take a shower, weigh in, and call it a day!
We offer rental gloves, hand wraps, towels and workout gear, but don’t forget a change of underwear as you will sweat a lot!
From Gaien-mae station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza line, walk 5 minutes towards Shibuya. Cross the Aoyama 3-chome intersection, and b-monster AOYAMA STUDIO is located in the Aoyama Center Bldg on the left side, right next to the Avex Bldg. Reception is on the 1st floor.
Approximately 15 minutes from the hotel by taxi.
GET TO KNOW THE TRUE VALUE OF JAPANESE CRAFTSMANSHIP
- Order your own stylish, bespoke hat
As exemplified by but not limited to denim from Okayama prefecture, the passion and skills of Japan’s artisans are highly recognized throughout the world. Various ateliers, conveying the spirit of craftsmanship, can be found scattered among the urbane neighborhood of Kagurazaka. Among these, you will find the millinery of Kaori Maeda, an artisan whose hand stitched hat-making skills were honed in London and Tokyo. The atelier, a restored, historic private dwelling, has a sense of calmness with an esthetic blending the spirits of both Japan and Europe.
This is the place to go if you are looking for a unique, bespoke hat made just for you. Each elegant, intricately designed hat is hand made to one’s own preferences.
First take your measurements, and discuss color, design, fabric selection, as well as other details with Kaori. Your order is placed in just half an hour.
A small-brimmed asymmetrical hat for a woman? A cashmere Borsalino for a man? Not only is your hat a perfect fit, your unique bespoke hat will highlight your individuality the more you wear it. Look forward to receiving your hat, made with Kaori’s craftsmanship, attention to detail and refined taste. Orders are shipped domestically in 2 to 4 weeks. International shipping is also available.
From the Kagurazaka-ue light, walk down Okubo-dori towards Okubo. Take a left at the intersection right after the Ushigome-Kitamachi intersection. Walk down the alley, and the second house is the millinery
GET YOUR BEAUTY FIX
- Stock up on Japanese beauty products and accessories
- Discover the latest colors and make-up trends
- If the weather is hot, don’t forget to grab the sun screen too
Our go-to place to stock up on Japanese beauty products is the amazing Ainz & Tulpe, at the tail end of Omotesando (closer to Harajuku). This is Tokyo’s answer to U.S. mega-retailer Sephora, spread over two brightly lit levels, where you’ll find a treasure trove of the best-selling Japanese cosmetics from brands like Shiseido, Kosé, and Kanebo. Grab Shu Uemura eyelash curlers, Q-tips of all colors (pink and black are most popular for makeup tweaks), or hydrating face masks (we love the ones that make you look like you’re wearing kabuki makeup, but those by the Lululun brand have the strongest active ingredients). If mascara’s your thing, you’ll never get past the aisle dedicated to lashes—the formulas here have amazing staying power and adorable anime-style packaging. You’ll want to grab some DHC Deep Cleansing Oil to get that stubborn mascara off. And don’t forget Anessa sunscreen; even the SPF 50 goes on miraculously sheer and dry.
From Meijijingu-Mae Station, walk down the pleasant tree-lined streets of Jingumae. Head for the wide expanse of green in the distance – Yoyogi Park. Halfway down the high street, just past the Nike Store, you’ll find the beauty shrine of AINZ & TULPE.
- Discover an imperial garden brimming with history and culture
- Enjoy flowers for every season across a stunning landscape
- Explore an island within an island in the middle of Tokyo
Say the word “Tokyo” and “nature” may not spring to mind—yet the city has plenty of lush parks and gardens that offer respite from the salarymen-packed streets and neon-overloaded buildings. One particular gem of the Edo period (dating back to 1654) is Hamarikyu Gardens, conveniently located on the Conrad Tokyo’s doorstep. The historic Japanese gardens, perfectly pruned to showcase seasonal trees and blooms, checks all the green boxes with its landscaped grounds, forests, ponds, wooden bridges, moat, and tea ceremony house.
Overlooking the Conrad Tokyo, the main entrance to the gardens is on Shin-Ohashi Dori opposite the Bellesalle conference centre – a grey skyscraper. There are two more pedestrian entrances along Inner Circular Route with short bridges crossing the moat.
2-25-8 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku
DON QUIJOTE IN GINZA
3-8-10 Ginza, Chuo-ku
2-21-1 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku
12-18 Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku
VISIT ONLY-IN-TOKYO SHOPS
- Shop like a local in unique stores you won’t find outside Japan
- Pick up some high quality “Made in Japan” goods to treasure
- Check out beauty, fashion and design products from a cult style store3
Neon-lit Shibuya is one of Tokyo’s unabashed temples of consumerism. To shop like a local, head straight to Don Quijote (“Donki” for insiders). The flagship Shibuya branch is a heaving mass of round-the-clock loud music, packed shelves, and surreal glaring neon. (There’s also an outlet less than 10 minutes on foot from the Conrad Tokyo.) A short walk away is another cult Shibuya retail wonderland: Tokyu Hands, a multi-floor store packed with only high-quality, MADE IN JAPAN merchandise of every type (from neon knitting wool to kitschy stationery to Japanese knives and power tools). Still have some time? The more upmarket Hikarie building offers high-quality beauty, fashion, and design products. We suggest you make a beeline for the eighth floor, home to D47 Design Shop, an exhibition space and restaurant run by cult design studio D & Department.
Shibuya station puts you in the middle of the action, surrounded by packed streets and neon signs; it’s the quintessential Japanese shopping experience. Follow Inokashira Dori for Tokyu Hands – look for the vast green and silver sign on the corner of the building.
2-25-8 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku
DON QUIJOTE IN GINZA
3-8-10 Ginza, Chuo-ku
2-21-1 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku
12-18 Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku
GO BACK IN TIME
- Walk under the Thunder Gate into Tokyo’s oldest Buddhist Temple
- Admire iconic and historical architecture dating back to 941
- Get lost in a bustling market, lined with traditional purple lanterns (chōchin)
A spin around Sensoji, Tokyo’s oldest Buddhist temple, is a treat for any first-time visitor. The temple in Asakusa, a historic riverside neighborhood, was destroyed by bombs and painstakingly rebuilt after World War II. As you pass through the imposing Thunder Gate with its outsize red paper lanterns (go ahead, grab a picture for Instagram), you’ll see Nakamise Dori, a busy street lined with stalls selling everything from sweets to traditional rice crackers and Pokémon toys. All day long, a carnival atmosphere pervades these stalls: kids eating green-tea ice cream (FYI, it’s not okay to walk while eating), families shopping for summer yukata (cotton kimonos), and tourists buying local crafts. If you’re looking for a more unique souvenir, we suggest you find your way to the Tansu-ya shop on one of the small side lanes on your left, about halfway to the temple (you’ll recognize it by its navy-blue sign with white lettering). Inside this unassuming kimono shop (one of several across Tokyo), you’ll be greeted by stacks of exquisite vintage silk kimonos with impossibly intricate handwork and ornate embellishments. The biggest treat: the price tag for a one-of-kind vintage tomesode, or formal kimono, is a mere 5,000 yen (that’s less than $50). That’s the kind of souvenir shopping we can get behind!
Approaching from Asakusa Station, head straight as you leave, taking the second right turn. This will put you on Nakamise Street; you can’t miss the vivid crimson purple of the Thunder Gate. From here, simply follow the busy market stalls until you reach the temple.
SIP AN ARTISANAL COCKTAIL
- Sample the best of Tokyo’s meticulously mixed cocktails
- Unearth the hidden and secret bars around town, with your own personal fixer
As the sun lowers and the skyline slowly illuminates with neon, visitors should do just one thing: hunt down a meticulously mixed cocktail. Fortunately, there are many of these in Tokyo, a city where the art of cocktail-making is taken very seriously—from the sculpted ice cubes to the careful balance of the east-west flavors. Want to visit Tokyo’s hidden bars? We suggest you book time with local gastronome Shinji Nohara, a.k.a. “The Tokyo Fixer.” He’s the secret weapon for foodies like Anthony Bourdain and will lead you to tiny “introduction only” bars around town.
An easy walk from the Conrad Tokyo, head out and right, making your way into Ginza – the high fashion centre of the city. Bar High Five is on the corner, opposite where the Ginza Corridor of shops begins; you can recognize these by their dark red awnings.
STEP BACK IN TIME FOR COFFEE
- Head off the beaten track to discover a legendary coffee house
- Sample brews made from aged beans dating back to the 1950s
- Taste the most acclaimed iced coffee in Tokyo
Tokyo is flooded with upstart coffee bars these days, where hipster baristas with impressive skills and unerringly cool haircuts cater to a youthful clientele. But Café de l’Ambre is on a whole other level, thanks to its centenarian owner Ichiro Sekiguchi, who opened the place in 1948 and still shows up most days to tend the shop. (Many of Ichiro-san’s regulars aren’t much younger than him.) What this tiny Ginza coffee house lacks in space—there are only a few tables and some well-worn stools at the counter—it makes up for in nostalgic character, looking like it’s been preserved in amber since the ‘40s; the retro signage alone is worthy of a design museum. But it’s the coffee itself that draws the faithful. Besides its excellent pour-over, Café de l’Ambre is known for two things: its impressive collection of aged coffee beans (including a rare Colombian vintage from 1954), which are all available for purchase, and its superb iced coffee, chilled in a shaker and artfully poured into an elegant cocktail coupe.
Café de l’Ambre is a 12-minute walk from Conrad Tokyo, around
the corner from the Don Quijote store in Ginza (see “Visit Only-in-Tokyo Shops” itinerary).