April 19, 2013

Panoramic Views from the Park Hyatt Tokyo

Taken from the 41st floor of the Park Hyatt Tokyo hotel in Shinjuku, otherwise known as the hotel where Sofia Coppola's 2003 film Lost in Translation took place.

While scenes for that film were shot in the 52nd-floor New York Bar, the photos here were taken at the 41st-floor Peak Bar.

Not surprisingly, the hotel is a major destination for non-Japanese tourists and residents. When I rode up the elevator to the bar, I was the only Japanese person among six other people.

I will go as far to say that it is a destination more well-known by non-Japanese than Japanese residents. Not one of my Japanese friends have ever mentioned the hotel; meanwhile, my non-Japanese friends have information on which bar is best in the hotel (the Peak Bar, because the New York Bar has a 2,200 yen cover charge after 8 pm from Monday to Saturday, and 7 pm on Sunday.)

I was at the bar just after sunset, and it was surprisingly not too crowded. You would think that seeing the sunset would be a major coup, but the overseas in particular clientele were well-mannered, perhaps too used to visiting beautiful places in beautiful countries to be too visibly excited.

The same location, after the sun has gone down completely.

The bamboo trees greet you when you get off the elevator.

Little etchings on the columns.

Though you cannot tell from this photo, both Tokyo Tower and Sky Tree were visible in the far distance.

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