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    Located in the tallest building in the city, The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo offers guests an understated and luxurious environment high above the hustle and bustle of Roppongi’s trendy Tokyo Midtown complex. I recently had the pleasure of a relaxing one night retreat from my daily life and thanks to the generosity of The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo you [...]

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    Japan is often portrayed as simply a destination for sightseeing but there is a lot more to this county than temples, shrines, sumo and sushi. While there are, without a doubt, beautiful and breathtaking sights to behold, the centuries of history and the culture that they are built upon runs much deeper than any snapshot can portray.

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Tweet Your Way to a Stay at The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo

Located in the tallest building in the city, The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo offers guests an understated and luxurious environment high above the hustle and bustle of Roppongi’s trendy Tokyo Midtown complex. I recently had the pleasure of a relaxing one night retreat from my daily life and thanks to the generosity of The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo you [...]

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