On September 8, 2014, The Wall Street Journal reported that, for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, 140,000 hotel rooms will be added to the inventory in the Greater Tokyo area (within a 50-Km radius).
In the summer of 2014, Hyatt will open the 164-room Andaz Tokyo. By 2016, Ryokan Hoshinoya Tokyo, a traditional-style inn 84 guest rooms and an onsen, will open. 22 new event venues will also be constructed, including 11 permanent and 11 temporary venues.
Today, we'll take a quick look at a few of the newest Tokyo hotels for MICE groups of various sizes planning events, meetings and conferences in Tokyo.
Designer Ryokan: Andon Ryokan
Ryokan Andon, Tokyo's first designer ryokan, blends modern amenities with traditional decor. Guests sleep traditional style in the 24 tatami rooms. Yukata and towels are provided. Tea ceremonies, sushi rolling, sake tasting, and origami workshops are offered on-site. Facilities include a Jacuzzi, rooftop terrace and lounge with koagari (raised tatami-floored seating area) that is perfect for small meetings.
Boutique Hotel: The Gate Hotel Kaminarimon
With 137 rooms and suites, The Gate Hotel Kaminarimon is an ultra modern designer hotel located near major attractions like the Tokyo Skytree and historical sites including Sensoji Temple and the Asakusa Shrine. While there are no meeting rooms, suites have enough space for a small meeting. There is a Rooftop Terrace.
Luxury Hotel: The Peninsula
Nearby, with a design inspired by the shape of a lantern, The Peninsula has 267 rooms and 47 suites. For meetings, the property has 2 ballrooms 5 multi-purpose rooms that can be divided in 2, a ceremony room and 2 lounges. The Grand Ballroom can accommodate between 170 and 250 depending on configuration.
Large Conference Hotel: Palace Hotel Tokyo
Strategically located across from the gardens for the Imperial Palace, Palace Hotel opened on May 17, 2012. With 290 rooms and extensive meeting facilities (8 multi-purpose rooms), it's the perfect size for large corporate groups. The largest, Aoi, can accommodate 1,440 with a theater-style set-up, 1,200 for receptions, and 630 for dinners and meetings set up in rounds.