Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo is located in the district of Nihonbashi, the perfect place to be fully immersed in the history and culture of the city and a stone’s throw from the landmark “Bridge of Japan.” This neighbourhood is home to the Bank of Japan and Japan’s oldest department store, Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Maini as well as centuries-old shops offering everything from traditional fans, fabric, Washi paper, and lacquerware to Japanese confectioneries such as dashi and seaweed. One spot for cherry blossom viewing “Edo Sakura Dori,” as well as the Shinto shrines are also on the doorstep to visit.
During the stay at the hotel, guests will be given the opportunity to enjoy a snapshot of Japanese culture with a choice of five different experiences to be selected upon reservation from the following options:
- An opportunity to rent and wear an authentic Kimono while exploring the culture the city has to offer
- An English-spoken masterclass in the gourmets and cultures of Nihonbashi; guests will visit Nihonbashi Bridge, the Fukutoku shrine, and Japanese stores
- A workshop in Washi papermaking; guests will handcraft the strong yet soft paper, a treasured staple in the lives of Japanese people
- A class in glass engraving, using the traditional technique of Edo Kiriko, which dates back to 1834 in the period of Edo; guests will learn about the skill and produce their own glass engraving to take home
- A lesson in the craft of Japanese flower arranging; guests will learn about this art form, which is vastly different from the European style, in a 90-minute class
Guests can enjoy a full breakfast as part of the package, served at the hotel’s K’shiki restaurant or Oriental Lounge. The package also includes an illustrated walking map of Nihonbashi. The guide is curated by the hotel’s own concierge team and gives a conclusive round-up of the history of the city, best places to eat and must-visit cultural sights. The insight and tips from the hotel’s own team separate it from other guides of the city.