Hot off the press! With the selection of Tokyo for the 2020 Summer Olympics from July 24 – August 9, 2020, it's never too early to begin planning corporate events and incentive trips to Olympic destinations.
Here are a few tips and suggestions based on my 5 trips to Tokyo.
There is an extensive global network of direct flights to Tokyo's Narita International Airport. JAL and ANA have flights from many countries. Other airlines include American Airlines, United, Air Canada, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, and, from United Arab Emirates, Etihad Airways and Emirates Airlines. Check-in through immigration and customs is fast and efficient.
For hotel transfers, while corporate groups can make arrangements through a DMC, for small groups, there are other affordable and efficient options. For example, Narita Express, will whisk your party to Tokyo Station by train. There is also an extensive bus network from Narita to major hotels.
For a glimpse into Tokyo's colorful past dating back to the Edo period, a visit to the Edo-Tokyo Museum is a must. I previously profiled it in 4 Interactive Attractions to Explore Asia's Rich Cultural Heritage.
Sports enthusiasts will want to take in a match at the Tokyo Dome nearby.
For cultural attractions, my personal favorites are Noh Theater and Kabuki. The Kabuki-za in Ginza, dating back to 1889, has been re-built a number of times. It was demolished in 2010 and it re-opened on April 2, 2013.
In Tokyo there numerous shrines, temples and gardens to explore. For example, Hamarikyu Garden used to be the private villa and gardens for the Tokugawa Shogun and Koishikawa Korakuen is one of the oldest gardens in Tokyo.
Photo Credits: Japan Team Building, Executive Oasis International