World's Greatest Places 2021
The "Hardcore Game Room" at the BnA_Wall hotel in Tokyo created by the artist magma.
Courtesy Tomooki Kengaku—BnA_WALL
July 20, 2021 6:35 AM EDT

Japan’s capital city is putting on quite a show this year as it gears up for the delayed 2020 Summer Olympics. The newly renovated Miyashita Park opened with more than 90 boutique shops, cafés and a hotel under a glass roof overlooking the Shibuya district, as well as a skate park and volleyball courts sprawled over more than 10,000 sq m. Also new to the scene: the recently opened Tokyo Edition, Toranomon, a greenery-filled high-rise retreat designed by the architect of Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium, Kengo Kuma, and the BnA_Wall, a boutique art hotel in Nihonbashi where a portion of every stay goes to the local artist who designed the room. Room themes include Kanto Iwamura’s minimalist and industrial “An Urban Nest” and Mako Watanabe’s “Sushi Wars,” defined by glittering walls and bright colors. —Michelle Tchea

Correction, July 22

The original version of this story misstated the title of Kanto Iwamura’s room. It is “An Urban Nest,” not “Concrete Jungle.”

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