Tokyo was built around Edo Bay and the waterways that feed it. One of the secrets to the city's success, today the waterfront affords a sense of luxury and escape in the glittering city. Read on for waterfront experiences to elevate a visit to unforgettable heights.

February 2024


Listed among The World's 50 Best Hotels 2023, HOSHINOYA Tokyo offers unparalleled private river cruises, exclusive to its privileged guests, revealing the waterfront spirit of the city. Depart from the historic Nihonbashi district on a captivating journey along Tokyo's waterways, and witness Tokyo's iconic cityscapes from the water, in visual testament to the city's history.

Alternatively, let the magic of a seasonal cruise elevate your stay to unforgettable heights. You might drift along on a bespoke vessel made for moon-gazing and escape the city lights while savoring seasonal drinks and tidbits, gazing at the moon in the vast sky or its watery reflection. Or in spring, take an exclusive route revealing stunning cherry-blossom views with original seasonal delicacies in inimitable HOSHINOYA style.

02. Anniversary Cruise

Anniversary Cruise has a fair claim to the title of Tokyo's luxury cruise leader. With an unparalleled fleet of more than 70 vessels operating out of 12 city piers, they offer an unmatched selection of cruises, and furnish levels of personalization to satisfy the most demanding of travelers.

From a chartered river cruise to a private yacht to a lavish suite on their largest cruiser, they provide not only the best vessels on classic courses, but countless dining and premier entertainment options. Exclusive on-board options include maguro carving with a private sushi chef, activities like taiko drumming or yukata dressing, and even dinner with a real geisha.


PETALS TOKYO is a captivating, unexpected accommodation floating serenely on the Tennoz Canal. These boutique floating art hotel rooms fuse Amsterdam's houseboat charm with Japanese omotenashi and refinement, redefining waterfront luxury with artful charm and delight.

Four distinct and decadent floating suites, each embodying a unique concept, promise individuality and elegance in every room. PETALS TOKYO offers a tranquil escape, providing a lesser-seen, intimate perspective of Tokyo while ensuring the utmost comfort.

Furthermore, a focus on organic and eco-friendly ideals strives for an environmentally conscious stay, while exuding a sense of premium individuality.

04. mesm Tokyo, Autograph Collection

The hotel mesm Tokyo, from the Autograph Collection by Marriott, was unveiled in 2020 perched atop WATERS Takeshiba not far from Ginza. Collaborating with visionaries like Yohji Yamamoto Inc., mesm has curated a high-quality space for inspired creative experiences, a harmonious blend of elegant sophistication infused with bold and innovative design presenting a vision of next-generation luxury.

Savor full-course French cuisine with a narrative twist, or afternoon teas inspired by timeless paintings. A symphony of elegance, mesm is conceptualized with aquatic detailing meant to mesmerize the senses, and its expansive windows that reveal vistas of Tokyo Bay and the Sumida River offer a liberating sense of waterfront opulence.

05. Rainbow Bridge View Dining & Champagne Bar Manhattan

Visit the sixth floor of the InterContinental Tokyo Bay, and perched above the Sumida River you can find captivating waterfront panoramas of the sort that locals would rather remain a genuine hidden gem.

Here is Manhattan, the champagne bar and restaurant serving New York grill and French cuisine, which affords its guests unrivaled vistas of Tokyo Bay, highlighted by the iconic Rainbow Bridge. In fair weather, the terrace seating offers an unparalleled experience, indulging you in the sweeping grandeur of Odaiba, Tokyo Bay, the iconic TOKYO SKYTREE®— all while savoring the finest bubbly or perhaps even their delightful afternoon tea.