The world famous Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is based out of Hong Kong and there is a branch in Nihonbashi. Built next to the Mistui Head Building which was named an Important Cultural Property of Japan, it was finished in 2005 as part of the Nihonbashi Mitsui Towers. We visit the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo which was built to harmonize with the landscape of Edo as a goal and uses techniques to preserve traditional beauty and historical landscapes.
The world's first 6 star hotel
In 2006 the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences gave this hotel the world’s first 6 star rating. Since then it has won many awards and is widely recognized in many hotel rankings as the world’s best hotel.
Japanese architecture and Japanese beauty in design
Many buildings in Nihonbashi still stand from the Edo period. The Nihonbashi area is undergoing many developments which look back on history yet coexist with modern design. The Mandarin Oriental Tokyo is a hotel based such concepts. Because of that although it is a 38 floor high rise building, it skillfully blends the traditions of Wa and modern design. From the interior to the furnishings in the rooms you can see things built in bamboo and lacquer all made in Nihonbashi.
Many restaurants with only 8 seats
At this hotel there are 12 different unique bars and restaurants. Each one has a large window overlooking the metropolis in all its glory, and you can take in the Tokyo Skytree, while experiencing top rank foods.
The Edo style sushi restaurant “Sushi Sora” has a counter top made from 350 year old Hinoki Cyprus, and all ingredients are carefully selected and with Edo style performance you are served some very unique sushi. There are only 8 seats here and reservation is a must.
There is also a pizza bar “Pizza Bar on 38th which is also only 8 seats. An authentic pizza cook born and raised in Rome spins and bakes your pizza in front of you.
An innovative new experiment
Do you know what Molecular Gastronomy is? World famous chef Ferran Adria is who started it all, taking cooking and mixing it with physics and chemistry and breaking down cooking. It’s based in not having to solely rely on a chef’s skill or experience to have new types of food in new ways of cooking and with new types of ingredients.
The picture above is Sodium alginate mixed with carrot juice and dropped into a 1% calcium chloride and water solution, which looks like salmon roe. When eating it imagining salmon roe and the difference in taste is actually part of the experience apparently.
Sorry for the long intro but one of the very first places to provide this type of experience is the “Tapas Molecular bar” here in this hotel. The seating is only for 8 here as well.
Also, from 1-9-2015 to 1-31-15 is a limited time restaurant Noma in Mandarin Oriental Tokyo, which invites the chef of the number 1 ranked restaurant in the world the Finnish restaurant Noma. Unfortunately all reservations are full at this time.
Service that makes use of the location
From the hotel rooms you can see over all of the older shorter buildings in the area. You could even see the Bank of Japan’s building which looks like the yen symbol in kanji 円. (pictured above)
Also, to share the splendor of Nihonbashi, when guests ask they are guided by knowledgeable staff, to all the attractions and places where you can experience the culture of Nihonbashi firsthand. For example, a sample lesson in ancient sword fighting techniques, traditional arts, experiencing traditional tea ceremony, having Kaiseki cuisine while listening to shamisen music, and many other Edo Style experiences can be had.
A hotel that reminds you of the beauty of Japan
The Mandarin Oriental lives up to its world renown status as a luxury hotel, giving you a chance to experience Japan in a very opulent atmosphere. Learn the traditions and culture while experiencing the ever evolving service.