For the second act of EDITION in Tokyo, the brand and its creator Ian Schrager have once again joined forces with renowned Japanese architect Kengo Kuma on The Tokyo EDITION, Ginza, which is set to become the social nexus of Tokyo’s most dazzling district. The launch follows three years after EDITION’s first foray into Japan with The Tokyo EDITION, Toranomon, which has emerged as one of the city’s most sought-after addresses.
The Tokyo EDITION, Ginza extends the brand’s distinct blend of energy and sophistication to a corner of the city where few luxury hotels have ventured before.
Spread over 14 floors in a tower clad in vertical gardens and a latticed facade woven from metal, its 86 guestrooms range from 10 spacious suites with separate living areas to entry-level rooms whose minimum of 41 sqm/440 sqft of floor space make them the largest standard rooms in the district. Their clean-lined interiors weave EDITION’s timeless designs with Kengo Kuma’s distinct Japanese finesse, resulting in a modern marriage between Schrager’s New York sensibilities and the sharp traditional detailing that Kuma is known for. Floors and walls bedecked in walnut timber form a minimalist foundation for bespoke furnishing from travertine and cream-colored leather, while the green marble basins and chrome fixtures in every bathroom nod to the district’s glossy varnish. Features of each guestroom include signature EDITION faux-fur throws in white and art by Sayaka Maruyama and Takay Photography. The Penthouse Suite, the hotel’s crown jewel on the 13th floor, unfolds into an open-plan living room, dining area, and a fully equipped pantry kitchen to cater to comfortable long-stays and intimate social gatherings. Tucked away in a quiet corner, the hotel gym offers a welcoming space for fitness enthusiasts, offering a modest selection of Technogym equipment.
With its striking vestibule entrance and soaring floor-to-ceiling corner windows, the double-height, street-level lobby has not only turned the hotel into a defining feature of Ginza’s new streetscape, it has also established it as a rendezvous for the district’s tastemakers and creative class. A signature EDITION venue, Lobby Bar sits at the nexus of the hotel and serves as a sophisticated retreat for both in-house guests and clued-in locals from early mornings to late nights.
Taking pride of place in the lobby is another EDITION hallmark: a sculptural, head-turning staircase cast from white metal. It leads up to Punch Room, the inaugural Japanese outpost of EDITION’s innovative punch-focused bar concept.
On the light-flooded 14th floor, Sophie at EDITION pays homage to Japan’s abundant seasonal ingredients and rich culinary traditions through the lens of a modern brasserie. Contrasting the intimate, sultry ambiance of the lobby and bar on the lower floors, the restaurant’s straight-lined interiors from blonde oak and white stucco emphasize light and airiness, while pops of color adorning the private dining rooms add EDITION’s distinguished playful touch. A statement feature is the main back wall, embellished with a collection of Tokyo Street photography by seven artists including Pak Han. Local produce sourced from small regional farms inform the restaurant’s casual brasserie-inspired menus that change throughout the day.
One floor up, The Roof delivers a green retreat from the street-level bustle. Hemmed by lush vertical fern gardens and olive trees, kept below eye-level to ensure views of the surrounding cityscape, this unique rooftop oasis opens to intimate plant-fringed seating nooks and long communal tables for private gatherings of all sizes. As Ginza’s first natural wine bar, The Roof fuels social gatherings with biodynamic champagnes, rare orange wines and fizzy and bottled cocktails incorporating wines and eaux de vie from local wineries and distilleries.