Meiji Shrine

by Andrew Bender

DAY ONE / Talk about having your head in the clouds. A touch of a button opens your curtains at the Ritz-Carlton Tokyo to reveal the city awakening below—far below. In fact, the hotel lobby (with giant Sam Francis paintings) is on the 45th floor of Tokyo Midtown Tower, the city’s tallest building at 818 feet. The hotel’s service is lofty too. It’s worth sending your shoes out for a complimentary shine just to receive them back in an elegant wooden box. Have breakfast in Forty Five, the hotel’s restaurant, before walking the surrounding neighborhood, Roppongi. Before your walk, ask the concierge to book your tickets for the Kabuki-za Theater tomorrow.

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