Client News

March 15, 2012

Time for Tokyo

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The hotel, which has an incomparable perspective on the city and a singular, moat-side location beside the Imperial Palace, began accepting reservations on 1 February 2012. With a rebuild investment of USD 1.2 billion (approx. GBP 690 million), it succeeds two previous hotels, the Hotel Teito and Palace Hotel that occupied the same site from 1947 and 1961 respectively. Like its predecessors, Palace Hotel Tokyo will preserve its independence and a distinct commitment to home-grown hospitality.

The hotel’s most anticipated attributes include:

  • evian® SPA TOKYO Only the second evian® SPA outside of France, the spa embraces one of the most naturally compelling views of the city from its fifth floor perch. French savoir-faire and Asian therapies will set the stage for one of Tokyo’s most refined spa experiences
  • Michelin Stars The hotel is aiming for a constellation of Michelin-star restaurants. The French restaurant, Crown, opens as a collaboration with Patrick Henriroux, who runs two-star La Pyramide in Vienne, France. Within the hotel’s Japanese restaurant, Wadakura, the sushi operation will be managed by Shinji Kanesaka, who also owns the landmark, two-star Sushi Kanesaka in Ginza. And the Chinese restaurant, Amber Palace, will be operated by the Chugoku Hanten Group, which also operates Tokyo’s two-star Fureika
  • Expansive Views In a city better known for its density of construction, the 23-storey Palace Hotel Tokyo takes in long sight lines from every room and nearly all of the hotel’s public space

The launch of three low-cost carriers in Japan in 2012 is set to reduce the cost of domestic air travel, making it cheaper for people to combine a city break in Tokyo with time relaxing on the beaches of Okinawa in Japan’s far south or skiing and snowboarding in Hokkaido in Japan’s far north.

  • Peach Aviation, Japan’s first dedicated low cost carrier, is preparing for its first flight in March 2012. Peach will provide new travel options at affordable prices, and will act as a bridge between Japan and the growing economies of other Asian countries. Starting on 1 March 2012, there will be three round trip flights per day for the Osaka (Kansai) – Sapporo (Shin-Chitose) route and four round trip flights per day for the Osaka (Kansai) –Fukuoka route. Further routes and fares will be announced over the coming months
  • AirAsia Japan will be the first low-cost carrier to be based at Narita International Airport. Operating under the AirAsia brand, it is due to serve both domestic and international destinations when operations are launched in August 2012, subject to obtaining the relevant approvals
  • Jetstar Japan – a new domestic airline that will bring more low airfares to customers flying within Japan – will commence domestic operations by the end of 2012 and expects to fly from Tokyo (Narita) and Osaka (Kansai International), with other destinations under consideration including Sapporo, Fukuoka, and Okinawa. Jetstar Japan also plans to ultimately offer short haul international services to key Asian cities making travel more accessible and appealing to millions more people

If you’re looking for reasons to book a trip for yourself or clients to Tokyo, these two new developments are attractions in themselves.

  • Tokyo Sky Tree – Opening 22 May 2012 – The gigantic Tokyo Sky Tree is the newest seismic-proof tower on the Tokyo skyline. The tower became the tallest artificial structure in Japan when it reached its full height of 634 metres (2,080 ft) in March 2011. When it opens to the public on 22 May 2012, the Observation Deck at 450 metres will overtake Tokyo City View’s 250 metre high observation deck to become the highest in Tokyo. The tower easily surpasses the height of the current Tokyo Tower (250m, 820ft) and other skyscrapers in Tokyo, creating a new Tokyo skyline

The Tokyo Sky Tree is currently the tallest free-standing tower in the world; and the second tallest structure in the world, after the Burj Khalifa in Dubai

  • Hikarie, Shibuya – Opening summer 2012A new tower is emerging near the iconic Shibuya crossing which will house theatres, galleries, event spaces, shops and restaurants

For further information, please contact Mason Rose on +44 (0)207 201 8060