Afternoon Tea Service

afternoon tea “stones”

On May 17, 2022, Palace Hotel Tokyo celebrated its 10th anniversary.

In commemoration of this special occasion, Lobby Lounge The Palace Lounge will be renewing its afternoon tea service from its signature jyubako of layered lacquered boxes.

The new afternoon tea service starting September 2022 will be presented on lacquerware made by world-renowned Akito Akagi, based in Wajima. Akagi’s representative work “Stones,” using river stones as a motif, was redesigned exclusively for this afternoon tea.

Whereas most Wajima lacquerware apply a final coat uwanuri to express the smooth texture and beauty, Akagi chose not to take this process for “Stones,” emphasizing the matte, modern texture.

Made of wood and lacquer born of nature, “Stones” resonates with “Harmony with Nature,” one of Palace Hotel Tokyo’s brand values.


Where: Lobby Lounge The Palace Lounge (1F)
Hours: 11:00 am / 11:30 am / 2:00 pm / 2:30 pm / 5:00 pm / 5:30 pm
*Afternoon Tea seating is limited to 2.5 hours.
Price: JPY 8,000 per person / JPY 10,400 with a glass of Champagne
*Prices are inclusive of consumption tax and subject to an additional 15% service charge.
*Limited to 20 servings per day.

Under the sub-theme of “Colors of Japan,” the lacquer vessels serve as canvases for sweets and savories colored in traditional hues, with changing menus marking seasonal transitions. Enjoy an afternoon tea tantamount to a work of art.
*Menus to change with the season.

Reservations: Required
Tel: 03-3211-5370 (10:00 am – 7:00 pm)

Book a table (for Afternoon Tea)

Lacquerware Artist Profile

akito akagi

Born in Okayama Prefecture in 1962, Akito Akagi graduated from the Philosophy Department at Chuo University and initially worked as a magazine editor.

Moving to Wajima in 1988, he studied under lacquer craftsman Susumu Okamoto, and opened his own studio in 1994.

Akagi has since gained international recognition, and was selected as one of the “Twelve contemporary Japanese lacquerware artists” at the Germanisches Nationalmuseum. In 2004, his artwork became part of the collection at Die Neue Sammlung, a design museum in Germany.

His lacquerware is conceived to enrich contemporary life.

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Akito Akagi

June 1 - August 31

summer menu

Seasonal sweets invigorate with citrus and passion fruit, while savories include v ichys soi se and ingenious summer vegetable treats. Created by Gokatteya-Honpo in Hokkaido, a dried fig filled with subtly sweetened bean jelly is the perfect Japanese tea cake for matcha from The Tea Crane in Kyoto.

Organic matcha from The Tea Crane served in an original Kiyomizu yaki bowl by Zensho Kiln / Palace Hotel Tokyo original rakugan (dried sugar confectionery)

Apricot tart, thyme / Lemon sablé / Mango mousse, honey jelly / Coconut financier with shine muscat / Japanese confectionery “Re-Fruit” from Gokatteya Honpo

No bake cheesecake, peach compote / Passion fruit macaron, elderflower-flavored butter cream / Sudachi and matcha mousse, black sesame biscuit / Coconut granité and melon, passion fruit sauce / Yogurt-flavored meringue chantilly, guava jelly / Blood orange guimauve, banana ganache cream

Edamame mousse and caviar tart / Green vichyssoise / Marinated octopus and potato confit, Genovese / Grilled summer vegetable and hummus tartine / Mango gazpacho / Focaccia sandwich with Spanish serrano ham, cream cheese and honey mustard / Marinated cherry tomato, tomato consommé jelly, mint

Bamboo charcoal and barley teascone / Clotted cream / Mango jam

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Japanese tea and Japanese confectionery purveyors will change with the season.
Selections for Summer (June through August) are by…

Japanese tea: The Tea Crane in Kyoto
Japanese confectionery: Gokatteya-Honpo in Hokkaido