Park Hyatt Tokyo, 3-7-1-2 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku; 3-5322-1234, http://www.tokyo.hyatt.com . Understated luxury, impeccable service and spacious rooms with stunning views. Doubles from $485.
Ryokan Sadachiyo, 2-20-1 Taito-ku, Asakusa; 3-3842-6431, http://www.sadachiyo.co.jp . Charming Japanese-style inn with antiques-filled public spaces. All rooms with private baths. Doubles from $184. (Japanese breakfast, $13.)
WHERE TO EAT:
New York Grill, Park Hyatt Tokyo; 3-5323-3458. (Website same as above.) A not-to-be-missed Tokyo experience, if only for the views from the 52nd floor. Walls of glass, open kitchen, dark woods, black leather chairs spell style. Entrees $41-$81.
Maisen, 4-8-5 Jingu-mae, Shibuya; 334-700-071. Locals flock to this big, busy restaurant for deep-fried pork cutlets called tonkatsu. Dinner "sets" with cutlet and trimmings, $9-$36.
Afternoon Tea Baker and Diner, Ginza 2-3-6, Chuo-ku; 351-591-635. http://www.afternoon-tea.net . Chic, sleek and oddly named spot (it's not a diner) is a great choice when shopping in Ginza. Multi-course fixed-price dinners, featuring fish and organic produce. Entrees $35-$48.
TO LEARN MORE:
Tokyo Tourism Info, http://www.tourism.metro.tokyo.jp .
Japan National Tourist Organization, (213) 623-1952, http://www.jnto.go.jp .
— Beverly Beyette