With travel current restrictions to Japan (as outlined in the Updated Travel Advice article – “Situation in Japan”) requiring all foreign tourists to have a visa to enter Japan, private insurance that covers medical expenses related to COVID-19, travel as a part of an organized tour and wear a mask at all times on public transport or in areas where it’s not possible to socially distance, we certainly hope that these restrictions will be eased in the coming months and we will all be able to travel freely and independently soon. Having said that, it’s always important to know what has changed and what’s new in Tokyo and Japan for that matter in preparation for your next visit.

Prior to the pandemic, there was a hive of activity in Tokyo in preparation for the 2020 Olympics including: new hotels, restaurants, shopping centers, bars and cafes and this construction momentum has continued with many more venues opening this summer and autumn in the country’s capital.

The newest hotels to open were the Kimpton Shinjuku, the Four Seasons Otemachi, and the Tokyo Edition Toranomon. The Kimpton reflects a New York art world state of design and incorporates a dog-friendly dining experience at District brasserie. Otemachi is the financial district of Tokyo and the Four Seasons offers expansive views of the Imperial Palace, a tranquility pool in the lounge, and Zen influenced décor in the guest rooms. A highlight of a visit to the Tokyo Edition is the Gold Bar offering an exciting array of drinks.