Rush on to open hotels in Japan ahead of Tokyo Games

Rush on to open hotels in Japan ahead of Tokyo Games
The Toranomon Hills skyscraper that opened on June 11.

With the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics only six years away, a stream of hotels are under construction in central Tokyo.

With the June 11 opening of the 247-meter-high Toranomon Hills skyscraper in Minato Ward, Tokyo, one more hotel was added to that list. Foreign-affiliated luxury hotel Andaz Tokyo opened its doors to guests on the 47th through 52nd floors of the new building, the city's second-tallest complex building. The Toranomon Hills hotel is the first Andaz has opened in Japan. Competition among hotels to attract foreign visitors is expected to intensify in the years ahead.

Andaz Tokyo offers guests in all of its 164 guestrooms a panoramic view of central Tokyo, and thanks to the chain's affiliation with the US Hyatt hotel group, Andaz has no shortage of brand power. The operator expects about half of its guests to be foreigners, with standard rooms-each around 50 square meters-going for about ¥60,000 per night, while 210-square-meter luxury suites command ¥1 million per night.

Singapore-based Amanresorts runs luxury hotels in Asia and plans to open Aman Tokyo near JR Tokyo Station before the end of year.

These foreign-affiliated hotels and others like them are targeting wealthy customers, both domestic and foreign. In 2013, the number of foreign visitors to Japan exceeded 10 million for the first time, and the government is working to attract even more foreign visitors, with a specific target of 20 million visitors in 2020. Domestic hotels are also trying to draw foreign visitors. Hotel Okura plans to rebuild the main building of its flagship Hotel Okura Tokyo for a hefty ¥100 billion, with a grand reopening slated for spring 2019.

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