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For Immediate Release

Nori Akashi, Public Relations Manager
Japan National Tourist Organization
One Rockefeller Plaza, Suite 1250, New York, NY 10020
Tel: 212.757.5641, Ex. 19
Fax: 212.307.6754


New York City, New York, November 20, 2008 – Hotel and resort accommodations are growing throughout Japan to support the increase in international visitors. These properties cater to both business and leisure travelers and offer unique attributes such as renowned architectural designs and countryside locations with easy access to nearby cities. From the powder snow, high-end ski-lodge in Hokkaido to year-around beach resorts in Okinawa, Japan welcomes visitors of all kinds. Check out a few of these new hotels and resorts highlighted below.  


Shangri-La Tokyo (March 2009)

This international luxurious hotel is opening a new property in Tokyo in Marunouchi, an emerging commercial center of central Tokyo.  Marunouchi, the prime location in the heart of Tokyo’s business district and just a 10-minute walk from the Imperial Palace and major commercial areas.


St. Regis, Osaka (March 2010)

St. Regis will premiere their first property in Japan, in the country’s second largest city.  In this newly developed commercial tower on Midosuji, Osaka’s historic main street, the St. Regis will be in the center of historic merchant culture and international air transport.  Lively Osaka has much to see, and this new luxurious Western hotel accommodates both business and leisure travelers. The St. Regis will provide the urban oasis to guests and visitors.


Westin Hotel, Sendai, Miyagi (August, 2010)

Westin Hotels is opening a new property with 287 rooms in Sendai, the largest city of Northeastern Japan.  As one of the business and commercial hubs in the country, Sendai is the gateway to several historic and cultural destinations in the Northeastern Japan.  Westin Sendai will open in August 2010, and intends to target international travelers and conventions.


Sheraton Okinawa Ginowan Hotel (Fall 2010)

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide is planning their first property in Okinawa opening in fall 2010.  The Sheraton Okinawa Ginowan Hotel is a 40-minute drive from Naha airport, and a 15-minute drive from downtown Naha. Ten percent will be suites among 245 guest rooms.  Okinawa is south of the Japanese archipelago with beautiful beaches, coral leaves and rich local culture known for longevity of life.  Okinawa’s sub-tropical climate allows this island to be the largest beach resort destination in Japan.


The Capitol Hotel Tokyu, Fall 2010

Within walking distance are several shopping areas, the Imperial Palace, historic temples and more.  This will be the flagship property of the nationwide Tokyu Hotel Group. In this prime location of central Tokyo, where the Capitol Tokyu Hotel closed its door in November 2006, Tokyu Hotels Ltd. is building this new property.


Capella Hotel and Resort, Niseko, Hokkaido (Winter, 2010)

Capella Hotels and Resort is developing a new property in Niseko, a fast-growing international winter vacation destination of Japan.  With world-renowned architect Tadao Ando’s design, Capella Niseko houses 80 guestrooms, with each room facilitated with local natural hot spring water. Capella Niseko will occupy part of the base of Niseko Annupuri International Ski Area.


Multiple New Hotels in Kobe (2008-2010)

Kobe is another historic port city served for international merchants and travelers to Japan in the mid-19th century. From mid-2008 to 2010, new luxury hotels will be added to this major port city that still embraces the exotic mixture of Western and Eastern cultures. This is part of the city’s commercial redevelopment area with great port views.

- Hotel la Suite Kobe Harbor Land, opened in July 2008.

- Tokyu Hotels’ property opening in summer 2009

- XIV, opening fall 2010.


W Yokohama (May 2011)

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide is opening a new W Hotels property. W Yokohama will open in May 2011 as the first W branded property in Japan and will have 245 rooms.  W’s well-known chic and sleek designs will become another landmark of this historic port city of Yokohama.  W Yokohama chose the city’s commercial and business district called Minato Mirai 21 with great harbor and urban views.


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