The Japanese garden at Hotel New Otani Tokyo has been ranked #10 in the 2019 top-20 list of "Best Free Attractions in Japan" released by TripAdvisor. The garden has been ranked in the list Four years in a row.
It has also been selected as one of "Tokyo's Best 100 Spots to Boast to the World" by Toei Transportation and TripAdvisor.
With a history of more than 400 years, the garden had in the past been the property of various known samurai lords. The 10-acre-ground features several ancient stone lanterns, scarlet bridges over koi ponds, a stone garden, waterfall, as well as a myriad of flowers and rich foliage that bloom or change colors from season to season. While nestled in the heart of this busy city, the quiet and peaceful ambience that enfolds the expanse provides a moment of repose to hotel guests and visitors alike.
We hope you will come and enjoy the Japanese aesthetics and seasonal features when you come to stay with us or dine at our restaurants.
The history of the Japanese Garden at Hotel New Otani Tokyo dates back over 400 years, when samurai lord Kato Kiyomasa owned one of his residences on this site. The land was later turned over to the powerful Ii family, dominant in the Shogunate Government of the Edo period.
Later, in the Meiji period, the land became the property of the Fushiminomiya family, then a branch of the imperial house. After the Second World War, the property was sold to Yonetaro Otani, the founder of Hotel New Otani, who established his private residence there and renovated the garden into what it is today.
When the Japanese government asked Yonetaro to build a hotel in preparation for the Tokyo Olympic Games of 1964, he built Hotel New Otani on the land, and the garden became one of its main attractions.
Over the fifty years since then, the Japanese Garden has undergone some changes pertaining to the Garden Tower and Garden Court being built, but it still retains the beauty and ambience from its early years, pleasing the eyes and refreshing the spirits of visitors to this day.
Take a stroll through our Japanese Garden and discover fascinating elements of tradition and heritage. Several antique stone lanterns and pagodas are found in the Garden, located along the pathways and slopes, or by the pond.
The nighttime lighting in the Japanese Garden has been renewed on the occasion of the hotel's 50th anniversary.
The design of the new illumination is coordinated by world-renowned lighting designer Motoko Ishii.
The warm and welcoming scenery consisting of eco-friendly LED lights is yet another example of Hotel New Otani's efforts to combine environmental friendliness with hospitality.
The garden is illuminated from 30 minutes before sunset, until midnight every day.
Motoko Ishii, a leading Japanese lighting designer, works with wide range of light, from urban illumination to architectural lighting to light performances. Her activities cover not only Japan, but also countries around the world-for example the USA, Europe, the Middle East, and South East Asia-and have won her numerous international and domestic awards. Among her recent works are lighting for outdoor Noh and stage lighting for opera performances.
By switching from mercury and halogen bulbs to LED lights, and also by the installment of solar timer switches, the new lighting scheme has achieved a 70% decrease of power consumption compared to before the renewal. The lower heat output of LED lamps also contributes to the reduction of environmental burden on the surrounding vegetation.
View of the Japanese Garden can be enjoyed from several restaurants within the hotel.