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What you should know about Otemachi

Otemachi is a prime business district right in the heart of Tokyo, best known as the gateway to the delightful parks of the Imperial Palace. There's a new cosmopolitan vibe developing here too. As its skyscrapers are refurbished and replaced, ever more shopping, leisure, and dining facilities are brightening up this once commerce-only district. There are plazas to explore, fountains to admire, and a wonderful contrast to relish between ancient imperial grandeur and thrusting modern commerce.

Hotels in Otemachi

With its streets lined with towering government and corporate headquarters, there's not as much room for hotels in Otemachi as in Tokyo's other districts. But what hotels there are possess a splendor and scale to match the auspicious setting. The five-star Palace Hotel is the flag-bearer of Otemachi luxury hotels, perfectly poised opposite the Ote-mon Gate of the Imperial Palace. With its 7 restaurants, heated pool, and fully equipped spa, reviewers naturally praise its facilities. But they also highly rate its fantastic service and wonderful views to the Palace. The Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Marunouchi is a touch less grand, but is the best connected hotel in Otemachi, sitting opposite Tokyo Station.

Things to see in Otemachi

Much of the attention of visitors is focused on the Imperial Palace, the residence of the Japanese emperor. While most of this huge historical complex of palaces and parks isn't open to the public, two major parks are. The Imperial Palace East Garden is one of those, entered from just opposite Otemachi Station through the Ote-mon gate. Apart from their elegance and formal beauty, these gardens are home to the few remaining fragments of the Edo-era palace of the 16th-century. Just next to Ote-mon Gate is another graceful sight with a royal connection—the Wadakura Fountain Park. This dancing collection of arcing water is lit up at night, and commemorates the wedding of the Crown Prince in 1993. For those looking for a spot of retail indulgence, the upmarket shopping emporium of OAZO is likely to please, with its high-end outlets and excellent restaurants.

Good for business travelers and high-fliers

If you want to see the highlights of Tokyo from the best possible angle, then indulging in the luxury accommodation in Otemachi is hard to resist. Its hotels are first-class and couldn't be better situated to explore the Imperial heart of Japan. Tokyo Station is right on the doorstop of the district, meaning the rest of the city is open to you too. With the fantastic shopping and superb cuisine of Marunouchi just to the south, you're perfectly placed for a spot of indulgence, whatever your pleasure. And of course Otemachi, as one of Tokyo's top financial and corporate centers, works equally well for the discerning business traveler too.

How to get to Otemachi

Narita International Airport is where most visitors coming to Tokyo arrive. To travel to Otemachi from there you can take the Narita-Airport Limousine directly to Tokyo Station, finishing the last few hundred yards by cab. Or you can catch the Narita Express train, which takes you to Tokyo Station in just over an hour. Those flying domestically, such as business travelers, will need to use Haneda Airport. This also offers its own limousine bus service, to Suitengu-Mae Station, where you transfer onto Hanzomon metro line. Alternatively, take the Tokyo-Monorail to Hamamatsucho Station, switching to the JR Keihintohoku Line to complete the journey to Otemachi.

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