Japan's newest hotel: Four Seasons Hotel Otemachi, Tokyo

While potential Australian travel bubbles with our Asia-Pacific neighbours continue to ahem, bubble along, fine accommodation continues to open, including the Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Otemachi.

Located in Tokyo's oldest neighbourhood and today the financial district, the second Four Seasons property in the city is steps from the Imperial Palace, has direct access to the subway hub of Otemachi Station and is a short walk to the main rail terminal of Tokyo Station.

Set on the highest floors of a 39-storey tower, the hotel's 170 guest rooms and 20 suites include the opulent 38th floor Imperial Suite which can host up to eight guests for a sit-down dinner.

Floor to ceiling windows afford big views of the metropolis and, on a clear day, Mount Fuji.

And while hard to conceive of a forest bathing experience in a city of 37-million plus, The Spa offers a variant of the ritual using flour from the Yakusugi Japanese cedar tree associated with the practice, as part of a gentle exfoliation. It's followed by a sleep-inducing massage with Yakusugi oil.

Four restaurants include The Lounge, where an afternoon tea overseen by a tea sommelier includes sandwiches of marinated lobster and Japanese sake jelly and the traditional dark tea, awa bancha, or hojiwa, a roasted green brew.

Outside, the hotel's head concierge Sanae Abe recommends a walk around the five kilometre path that surrounds the Imperial Palace and gardens and a visit to the Oedo Antique Market, a twice-monthly event for ceramics, wood block prints, vintage clothing and posters.

Rooms cost from $993 a night.

See /www.fourseasons.com/otemachi

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