What $500 Buys in Tokyo

Steven Noble

In Japan new prime minister Naoto Kan is focusing on increasing tourism, especially in Tokyo, where downtown’s Haneda Airport (long used primarily for domestic service) has begun offering international flights—upwards of 60,000 per year. And Narita International Airport is now just a haute helicopter ride from the city center.

Compiled by Shannon Adducci and Amanda Friedman

One 30-minute combined helicopter and limousine transfer from Narita International Airport to central Tokyo on the new Narita Airline Connection Service. (Going by car takes an hour—at the very least.) mcas.co.jp.

One night in a Club Deluxe King room at the Capitol Hotel Tokyu, which reopened in October after a complete rebuild. (The Beatles stayed at the original during their only visit to Japan, in 1966.) Designed by Tokyo architect Kengo Kuma, the 29-story building has 251 rooms, three restaurants and a garden next door. capitolhoteltokyu.com.

Mojitos followed by dinner for four on the expansive terrace at Two Rooms, a buzzy new lounge and restaurant that looks out at the Shinjuku skyline. tworooms.jp.

Four hours exploring Tokyo’s art scene with Julia Barnes of the concierge service Bespoke Tokyo. Barnes, a New Zealand expat, local art consultant and co-owner of Nakaochiai Gallery, takes clients to must-see exhibits as well as museum-worthy collections in private family homes otherwise closed to the public. bespoketokyo.jp.

Three seven-course chef’s tasting menus, with wine pairings, at the year-old Restaurant-I. Chef Keisuke Matsushima earned a Michelin star at an eponymous spot in Nice, France, and has now brought his Japanese-inflected French cuisine back to his native country. restaurant-i.jp.

As of mid-September, 1 Japanese yen = $0.01.