American existential ennui meets Shinjuku culture-shock head-on in this super-styled location which starred in Sofia Coppola's 2003 film Lost in Translation. Scarlett Johansson got her first grown-up role, Bill Murray picked up an Oscar and Coppola picked up two (make that three, including Best Picture), but where was the Academy Award for this high-flyer which occupies the top 14 floors of the 52-storey Shinjuku Park Tower?
This is a spaceship of glamour and restraint, suspended above the city. A 15-minute stroll from the world's busiest railway station, through the frantic neon jungle of sushi bars, nightclubs and electronic shops of the Shinjuku district, an express lift whisks you up to reception on the 41st floor.
You walk into a sleek oasis of clubbable brown and blonde wood finishes: it's all calm, sleek sophistication, with jaw-dropping views from every room across the city skyline far, far below. If you don't bump into Bill and Scarlett in the top-floor New York Bar, you're as likely to meet Elton, Nicole or Mariah. You can swim, you can be spa'd, you could get married. Or you could hide away from it all amidst the stacks of books and artworks in the sanctuary of the get-lost-in-translation library.
The in-house wedding chapel, discreetly styled for both western and Shinto ceremonies.