Welcome to the ANA InterContinental and to the city of Tokyo, one of the most vibrant and exciting cities in the world. Our InterContinental Concierge team is here to ensure your visit is unforgettable as we provide you with an 'Insiders Guide' to this amazing city.
Location is everything in a busy city, and this Tokyo hotel is in an ideal spot near Akasaka, Kasumigaseki and Roppongi. The hotel provides easy access to government agencies, financial institutions and must-see sites like the Imperial Palace, Senso-ji Temple and the Mori Art Museum. With 844 rooms and 40 floors, this prestigious Tokyo hotel has its own shopping arcade, a business centre, banquet rooms and an unparalleled variety of restaurants—including the Michelin 2-star, Pierre Gagnaire.
Take a 10-minute walk to Tokyo’s prestigious shrine, Hie Shrine, in Akasaka, renowned for traditional Japanese weddings, which are celebrated on popular 'Lucky Days' in the Japanese calendar. Immerse yourself in the tranquility and calmness of this sanctuary, passing through the main entrance and the traditional red gates, and for a few moments escape the busy pace of Tokyo city. There is also a small garden around the hotel where you can see various roses and seasonal flowers. If you are visiting in spring, over 700 cherry blossom trees can be viewed around the hotel.
In the afternoon take a cab to the Imperial Palace, located on the original site of the Edo Castle, situated in one of the city's parks, surounded by moats and massive stone walls. The Imperial Palace is the current official residence of the Japanese Imperial Family and one of Tokyo's most popular attractions.
Visit Roppongi City View in Roppongi Hills at sunset time and take in the unforgettable views over Tokyo Tower and Mt. Fuji (weather permitting). Alternatively, visit the Hikarie Building in Shibuya, which offers anything from fashion to beauty items, various themed restaurants and bars, to musical shows at the new Orbe Theatre.
Tipping is not a standard practice in Japan. Expect to pay a service charge ranging from 10% to 20% depending on the standard of restaurant or hotel.
Taxis are available at most hotels, shopping mall taxi ranks, outside railway stations and can be hailed along permitted areas on the main streets. However, when getting into a taxi, the door will open automatically, so there is no need to open it manually. Also, access into a cab is only via the left hand side of the vehicle.
Traditional Japanese Restaurants and Homes
It is customary to remove your shoes when entering a Japanese home or traditional style restaurant.
Japanese cuisine is mostly centered around seafood, but noodles and rice also play key components of daily meals. Before you enter a restaurant check to see if there is a menu available to ensure there is something that you will enjoy, if seafood is not to your liking.
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Kyoto served as Japan's capital for over 1000 years and today still offers visitors a wealth of history. Kyoto is renowned for its Sakura season (spring time cherry blossom) but Kyoto is also beautiful in the autumn season, when the leaves turn a golden brown, in early November.
The two major religions of Japan are Shino and Buddhism. Shinto is as old as the Japanese culture, while Buddhism first came to the country in the 6th century. Today the two religions co-exist relatively harmoniously., with many Japanese considering themselves Buddhist, Shintoist or both.
Before you order sushi in Tokyo, check if the restaurant has a price list. The price of fish changes depending upon the market price and it can occasionally be very, very expensive!
In a Tonkatsu (deep fried pork restaurant), you can get unlimited portions of cabbage and miso soup.
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Not all ATM machines accept foreign issued bank and credit cards. It is recommended to bring some Japanese currency with you prior to arrival.
It is not easy sometimes to obtain prescription medicine in Japan. To avoid any unnecessary inconvenience it is advisable to bring sufficient medicines with you to last your entire trip.
Most travelers to Tokyo from Narita either take the airport limousine bus or the Narita Express train. Please let us know if we should book you a limousine car pick up. Should you choose to either take the airport limousine bus or Narita Express train, we have listed below guidelines at the airport for your reference. Airport Limousine Bus - After clearing Customs, please look for the airport limousine bus counters at the arrival area and purchase a ticket for ANA InterContinental Tokyo. It cost 3,100 Yen per person - Buses depart from the Narita Airport at regular intervals of approximately 45 minutes - Travel time is between one hour to one hour and half depending on traffic conditions - It drops you off directly at the hotel on level 1, the check in counter is located on level 2, a bell captain will be available to assist you with your luggage. Narita Express Train - After clearing Customs, please proceed to airport limousine/train counters and purchase a ticket for Tokyo Station. It cost 3,020 Yen per person - Train depart from the Narita Airport at regular intervals of approximately 30 minutes - Travel time is 50 minutes to Tokyo Station - Get off in Tokyo Station. - Form Tokyo Station, take a taxi to ANA InterContinental Tokyo.