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April 4, 2018

Countdown to 2020: Gearing Up for Global Hospitality

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With just two years to go until the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Tokyo is making big changes to welcome visitors from around the world. We take a look at the new wave of services that make travel in Tokyo even more convenient and fun.

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Haneda Airport Kazashite Multilingual terminal navigation guide now being tested at Haneda Airport. Just hold your smartphone up to a signboard in the airport and snap a photo. The Kazashite website will then give you directions on where to go to catch trains, taxis, or buses, or find airport services like convenience stores.

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Luggage-Free Travel Service that will deliver your bags from the airport to your hotel. If you sign up in advance it takes just 90 seconds to check in your bags and get going on your exploration of Tokyo, unburdened! Also can deliver from hotel to hotel and from hotel to airport.

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Shibuya Hotel En A nine-story hotel in Shibuya where each floor's decor has a Japanese cultural theme: from manga to woodblock prints to Shinto shrines.

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Henn na Hotel Tokyo Ginza Humanoid robots assist you at check-in to this high-tech haven for business travelers! Rooms have state-of-the-art "garment refresher" appliances and smartphones to control all the lighting and other systems... and even serve as a room key.

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Planetyze Hostel The concept behind this hostel is "helping you find your next destination." There is a touchscreen kiosk in the lounge with a custom travel guide covering all of Japan. Various types of room are available, including dormitory style, two-person, and single rooms.

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JapanTaxi A taxi hailing app for your smartphone: just tap the spots you want to be picked up and dropped off. Supports English, Chinese and Korean.

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Ecbo Cloak Turns cafes, post offices and other businesses around the city into baggage storage spots. Find participating locations around Tokyo through the website.

Further Info

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1) Shibuya Hotel En
Address: 1-1 Maruyamacho, Shibuya-ku
2) Henn na Hotel Tokyo Ginza
Address: 2-2-1 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku
3) Planetyze Hostel
Address: 2-24-9 Higashinihonbashi, Chuo-ku

Reporter

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Ali Marie

Nationality:
American
Occupation:
Model/Actress
When did you first come to Japan?:
In 2012.
Reason for coming to Japan:
I love the country, the food, the people. I learned so much about myself while growing up here.
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