Tokyo's exclusive Japanese-style hotel
251 Rooms / 18 Suites
An elegant cocoon of Japanese comfort, The Capitol Hotel Tokyu seems to be a world away from the busy streets of Akasaka surrounding the property. Frequented by Japanese dignitaries and international VIPs, the hotel is known for its privacy, its exclusive location next to the greenery of Imperial Palace and its high level of service.
Rebuilt from the ground up and reopened in 2010, The Capitol manages to reflect its long history as one of Tokyo’s premier hotels as well as a thoroughly authentic Japanese aesthetic.
The hotel’s 251 rooms and suites have distinctively Japanese décor. Expect a modern take with traditional twist — you’ll enter the room via moveable shoji paper screens to find luxurious furnishings low to the ground, elegant Japanese wallpapers, and a distinct minimalistic look.
Rooms and suites overlook the most beautiful sites in Tokyo, such as the Imperial Palace, the 500-year old Hie Jinja Shrine and beautiful landscaped Japanese gardens.
A highlight of the rooms and suites is the bathrooms, with large tubs and an opulent rainfall showerhead. Bathrooms are stocked with The Capitol’s own choicest bamboo amenities while suites offer Farmacista Antica products and Japanese bath salts.
The six eateries and lounges serve a range of cuisines, including fine Chinese at Star Hill and international delicacies at Origami. The Capitol’s signature restaurant, Suiren is a stunning modern Japanese spot separated from the world by a lovely surrounding water feature. At Suiren, indulge in teppanyaki grilled meats and vegetables, kaiseki (a series of small, carefully crafted Japanese dishes) and superb sushi sourced daily from Tsukiji fish market. Suiren has four private rooms, the most exclusive of all with its own private garden.
A nice way to end a meal is having a drink at the Capitol Bar, quite a find for whiskey lovers with a vast selection of Japanese and international varieties.
Have a colorful cocktail and admire the chic décor. Designed by Kengo Kuma, the architectural genius behind Tokyo’s 2020 Olympic stadium, the Capitol Bar has a special corner for Beatles fans — a collection of memorabilia and relics from the band’s only Tokyo sojourn when it stayed at the property (then known as the Tokyo Hilton Hotel).
The luxury hotel celebrates ikebana, the Japanese aesthetic art of flower and plant. Ikebana arrangements are found throughout the hotel, but the big masterpiece is displayed in the Kengo Kuma-designed lobby. This breathtaking seasonal artwork by the world-famous Sogetsu Ikebana School changes monthly and attracts visitors to the lobby. No two are ever the same.
All water used around the Tokyo hotel comes from the natural spring of the sacred Hie Jinja Shrine next door. Water is associated with growth and strength in Japanese culture and is an important element of the hotel’s design. The aqueous theme is consistent throughout the building: relaxing fountains, the use of spring water and even the carpet has designs of streams and water ripples.
The two-floor fitness center has an indoor pool and a whirlpool that overlooks the Imperial Palace grounds.
Location is everything with hotels, and The Capitol Hotel Tokyu has one of the best positions in Tokyo. It’s also minutes away from the business district and the nightlife district of Roppongi, plus the Japanese parliament, The National Diet Building and the aforementioned shrine. The hotel is directly above a subway station and is serviced by a constant flow of taxis.