Tokyo’s got style. From soaring skyscrapers to fashionable residents, the city is on the cutting edge of everything. I’m in the Japanese capital to discover many sides of Tokyo, but the thing that keeps catching my eye is its unique brand of design. And I see that most clearly in the architecture.

Tokyo Architecture

Tokyo Architecture

I’ve traveled to Japan with the & TOKYO Project. They’ve sponsored my trip and given me the opportunity to discover the city’s 5 core values: Unique&TOKYO, Excellent&TOKYO, Exciting&TOKYO, Delight&TOKYO, and Comfort&TOKYO.

Prada Aoyama, Tokyo

Over the course of four days, I’m exploring a range of sights that embody those principles and allow me to experience the essence of the city firsthand. A number of the places—from fashionable shops to apartment blocks—are architectural.

Nezu Museum, Tokyo

And the most unique of them all is the “Reversible Destiny Lofts MITAKA -In Memory of Helen Keller-“. Way out in the western part of the city, this complex is the candy shop of apartment buildings.

Reversible Destiny Lofts MITAKA

Designed by Arakawa + Gins, the building is home to the first residential units designed “to not to die”, meaning they provide different uses for each individual according to her or his physical abilities and age.

Reversible Destiny Lofts MITAKA

Philosophy aside, they’re playful and colorful and like nothing I’ve ever seen (which is probably why they featured on Girls). They’re UNIQUE&Tokyo for sure.

Reversible Destiny Lofts MITAKA

Back in the city center, I discover more of Tokyo’s style in the shops. I love that luxury brands here put as much emphasis on the design of their buildings as they do on the design of their products. From Stella McCartney to Dior, the architecture is as fashionable as the season’s latest collections.

Prada Aoyama, Tokyo

I find this particularly true at the Prada Aoyama shop, where Herzog & de Meuron’s glass diamonds climb the facade. Illuminated against the night sky, the futuristic shell looks like a spaceship about to take off for a more stylish planet. This is Exciting&TOKYO.

Prada Aoyama, Tokyo

And over in Chiyoda, my most comfortable architectural discovery is the new HOSHINOYA Tokyo hotel. Its sleek exterior is covered with sensuous metalwork that foreshadows an interior straight out of a design magazine. Given it opened five days before my arrival in Japan, I’m lucky enough to be one of the first to stay here.

HOSHINOYA Tokyo

As soon as I enter, my shoes come off and my calm comes on. The staff is infinitely friendly and my room is a haven of traditional Japanese tranquility. I love hotels that embody the culture of their country, and this is just that kind of place. I’m even given a kimono to wear while I’m inside.

HOSHINOYA Tokyo

On the top floor is an onsen, or hot spring, which has the amazing architectural feature of a tall ceiling opening up to the sky. It’s like staring out from the bottom of a volcano, and when it rains one night I bask in the sensation of fresh raindrops on my skin as I soak in the hot water.

HOSHINOYA Tokyo

On the lower ground floor is a restaurant where I enjoy a French-inspired Japanese meal of some of the best and most beautiful food I’ve had on the trip.

HOSHINOYA Tokyo Restaurant

From fish and beef to impeccable petit fours, the dinner is a tour of Japan through my eyes, nose, and mouth.

HOSHINOYA Tokyo Restaurant

Bottom to top, the HOSHINOYA Tokyo has impressed me. I spend half my life in hotels and it’s a delight when one surpasses my expectations as greatly as this one. Comfort&TOKYO is the perfect way to describe this place.

HOSHINOYA Tokyo

Which makes it hard to convince myself to get out and see more of Tokyo. But I’m going to explore the city beyond the architectural highlights, and I hope you’ll come with me as I do.

To be continued…

16 Comments on Lady’s 3 Places to See Tokyo’s Unique Style

  1. Nano B.
    August 2, 2016 at 7:51 am (11 months ago)

    Looks like you really enjoyed your stay in Tokyo and discovered its many faces. Tokyo’s architecture is truly remarkable, especially around Aoyama and Omotesando areas. You inspired me to visit “Reversible Destiny Lofts MITAKA -In Memory of Helen Keller-“, looks so cool! xoxo, nano

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    • A Lady in London
      August 2, 2016 at 8:02 am (11 months ago)

      I’m glad to hear it! You’ll love all the colors.

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  2. Sarah
    August 2, 2016 at 8:02 am (11 months ago)

    Love Tokyo! Great post and images, enjoy your adventure there 🙂

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  3. Brittany from Boston
    August 2, 2016 at 8:15 am (11 months ago)

    When I visited Tokyo I was also totally captivated by their love of great design! It’s present everywhere in the city and in their lives, and I would visit again and again to see more of it!

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    • A Lady in London
      August 2, 2016 at 8:22 am (11 months ago)

      That’s great! I’m glad you saw it, too.

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  4. Lillian Small
    August 2, 2016 at 11:45 am (11 months ago)

    Wow the architecture is like nothing I’ve ever seen before. So interesting… I’ve never been to that part of the world, but one day hopefully.

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    • A Lady in London
      August 2, 2016 at 5:15 pm (11 months ago)

      Yeah, it’s really unique! I hope you can visit Tokyo someday.

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  5. Phoebe
    August 2, 2016 at 2:18 pm (11 months ago)

    Looks like you had a great time!!

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  6. Suze - Luxury Columnist
    August 3, 2016 at 1:28 pm (11 months ago)

    The Reversible Destiny Lofts look absolutely amazing and your dinner in Hoshinoya Tokyo sounds fabulous

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  7. Georgette
    August 5, 2016 at 10:32 am (11 months ago)

    I would love to visit, your pictures are amazing as always :).

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    • A Lady in London
      August 5, 2016 at 10:45 am (11 months ago)

      Thanks! I hope you get a chance to go there sometime. It’s an amazing city.

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  8. MissLilly
    August 8, 2016 at 6:47 am (11 months ago)

    I really miss Tokyo! Well Japan overall. Tokyo has so many angles to it, modern but classic at the same time. And then its a food paradise!

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    • A Lady in London
      August 8, 2016 at 7:58 am (11 months ago)

      I agree! Such an amazing city with so many different facets to it.

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