Published on : Wednesday, May 16, 2012
The first thing that comes to mind when we talk about Tokyo is that it is a city of contrasts, innovation and supremacy. Here stunning skyscrapers, soaring high-rises and snazzy malls exist alongside the soothing greenery of rice paddies. It is as much the land of sumo, ninja and samurai as it is that of animie and hello kitty. The industrial and business centre of Asia also happens to be its shopping and fashion hub. This is the only place in the world where materialism blends beautifully with Zen spirituality, the ancient merges with the futuristic, the east confluences with the west and deep-rooted tradition is held in as much high regard as is break through technological advancement. No other destination offers as much variety as Tokyo with its iconic buildings, innumerable hotels, extensive transportation facilities, world-class convention centres, personalised services, wide range of entertainment options and distinction in every field.
Best Convention Centres in Tokyo
1. Tokyo International Forum
• largest theater with a capacity of 5,012
• eight distinctive halls from multi-level theaters to flat, open event spaces
• six halls equipped with simultaneous interpreting systems up to eight languages
• 5,000 sq. m exhibition hall, 34 multi-purpose conference rooms, a gallery and a business centre
• four buildings, each housing a unique hall, plus the distinctive atrium of the Glass Building
2. Tower Hall Funabori
• 115 m observation tower
• an event hall for 1,500 guests
• two additional halls, an exhibition hall and 17 multi-purpose meeting rooms
• Japanese tatami room complete with adjacent tea ceremony room
• observation tower
3. Toshi Centre
• twenty-four meeting rooms
• largest convention hall, Cosmos, has a capacity of 750 people
• four-language simultaneous interpretation system and a giant screen
4. Kokugikan sumo stadium
• 1,600 sq m arena with 40 m high ceiling
• tiers of mobile seats, allowing for versatility in layout
5. Tokyo Big Sight
• Japan’s largest exhibition and convention centre
• boasts over ten million visitors annually
• total of 80,000 sq. m of exhibition space
• two main wings and the conference tower
• East Exhibition Hall houses six halls
6. Tokyo Dome
• Japan’s first covered stadium with a capacity for 55,000 people
• 13,000 retractable seats
Tokyo’s finess attractions
Happo-en – This 400 years old traditional Japanese garden in Shirokanedai has a number of ancient buildings, 14 versatile banquet halls, etc. and is an ideal place to host weddings, events and parties.
Meiji Kinenkan – This 19th century building is a famous Tokyo landmark, located in the outer gardens of the Meiji Shrine. Both the building and the shrines were named after the Emperor Meiji.
Roppongi Hills – The Roppongi Hills include an observation deck and an art gallery featuring urban art. It is a popular venue for product launches and a variety of promotional events.
Symphony Cruise – If you want to take a tour of the Tokyo Bay then Symphony Cruise is the best option. You can take your pick from French, Italian or buffet-style cuisine while cruising on the azure waters.
Tokyo Disney Resort – The Tokyo Disney Resort consists of two separate parks: Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea. Tokyo DisneySea is world’s only Disney Park to be inspired by the myths and legends of the sea.
Ikegami Honmonji – Founded by the famous Buddhist monk Nichiren, the Ikegami Honmonji is at present an important centre of the Nichiren sect. It has a 210,000 square meters compound and a number of historic buildings.
Tokyo National Museum – The 130 year old museum in Ueno Park houses Japanese and Asian artifacts of historic and cultural significance. The lounge in the Heiseikan can be booked for parties and receptions.
Meguro Gajoen – The former bathhouse, famous for its lavish and atmospheric sculptures, vivid murals and ceiling paintings in the Edo style, is situated in Meguro. It also has a gallery, banquet halls, restaurants, accommodation, a galleried corridor, a Japanese garden etc.
The Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo – Located in the eastern part of Tokyo, the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo displays a comprehensive collection of contemporary artworks. Its Entrance Hall and the Sunken Garden can be booked for events too.
Chokokuji – This temple enshrining the Kannon is a well known place of ascetic training. More than 30 ascetic monks stay here. You can learn about engaging the mind and the body in Zen meditation.
Tokyo Summerland – This popular theme park with an area of 1.3 million square meters, includes a bowling alley, tennis courts, a giant wave pool, stage and party rooms.
Tsunamachi Mitsui Club – The Tsunamachi Mitsui Club comprises an elegant English garden and an extensive 19,800-square-meter Japanese garden. The main building features a Byzantine dome, a grand ballroom, etc.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building – The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in Shinjuku has a spectacular observatory on the 45th floor that offers a 360º view of the city from a height of 202 meters.
Sunshine International Aquarium – Located atop the World Import Mart Building in the Sunshine City complex of Ikebukuro, the aquarium has an amazing collection of exotic birds and reptiles.
Best Hotels in Tokyo
The Westin Tokyo
Guest rooms: 438 (Total): 20 (Suites), 203 (Twin), 215 (Double), Restaurants: 5
Sheraton Miyako Hotel
Guest rooms: 495 (Total): 6 (Suites), 319 (Twin), 153 (Double), Restaurants: 6
Hyatt Regency Tokyo
Guest rooms: 744 (Total): 18 (Suites), 250 (Twin), 408 (Double), Restaurants: 7
Guest rooms: 178 (Total): 23 (Suites), 69 (Twin), 86 (Double), Restaurants: 5
Guest rooms: 290 (Total): 68 (Suites), 89 (Twin), 133 (Double), Restaurants: 5
Guest rooms: 404 (Total): 4 (Suites), 104 (Twin), 67 (Double), Restaurants: 8
Grand Prince Hotel Akasaka
Guest rooms: 761 (Total): 91 (Suites), 341 (Twin), 232 (Double), Restaurants: 14
Guest rooms: 815 (Total): 129 (Suites), 329 (Twin), 357 (Double), Restaurants: 7
Guest rooms: 389 (Total): 28 (Suites), 133 (Twin), 228 (Double), Restaurants and Bars: 10
Keio Plaza Hotel
Guest rooms: 1,440 (Total): 22 (Suites), 950 (Twin), 438 (Double), Restaurants: 17
Ikebana (Flower Arrangement)
Cha-no-yu (Tea Ceremony)
Origami (Paper art)
Kitsuke (Kimono Wearing)
Ukiyoe (Woodblock Printing)
Japanese cooking or sushi making
Budo (Japanese Martial Arts)
Reiho (Japanese Etiquette and Manners)
Traditional Japanese Music Performance