As you bring clients to Tokyo or meet your guest hosts in this vast city, you wonder: How do you make them love this experience? How do you make it memorable? How do you navigate the terrain flawlessly?
First, go for comfort. Some things never change — these concerns are universal. Let’s consider the Star Wars saga. It started off intimidating in the world of the unknown and ended, well, with more sequels. This trip to Tokyo will be one of many.
Your journey with business associates in tow can begin with a blast from your past — a trip back to your big-screen experience with the original Star Wars movies — on All Nippon Airways’ R2-D2 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. The Dreamliner is always a good bet; add this great photo op with the Star Wars-themed interior and you’re bound to cement any new business relationship for the long haul. This can be bonding, taking the trip down memory lane together as you make your way toward Narita International Airport. Final destination: Shinjuku.
At first blush, Tokyo can overwhelm. Upon arrival at Narita, you will face two choices: The Japan Rail service or the Narita Express. The JR Rail service operates the primary network to Tokyo and beyond, offering passengers the chance to read, work, have a beer, watch the scenery and regroup. Should you choose the Narita Express (located downstairs from customs), this limousine bus service provides direct shuttles to your hotel, is far less crowded and easier to navigate for a first-timer. Information about destinations, train delays and other news is available in English.
Shinjuku offers two great hotel options: The Hilton Tokyo and the Hyatt Regency. Both properties boast highly trained concierge staff to assist you in navigating the city (the concierge in Japan goes above and beyond the call of duty) and plenty of meeting facilities. You’ll notice numerous taxi stands on every corner, conveniently located near your hotel; they are here for a reason: Drivers do not get flagged down. Another phenomenal option, of course, is the Tokyo Metro. The Tokyo Metro, punctual and clean, features attendants who speak English, and you will always arrive at your destination at your scheduled time. Keep in mind the Metro shuts down at midnight.
Always look to your Japanese host for direction. If you are entertaining local bigwigs, they have a list of personal preferences. Defer to them and always follow their lead when making dining or entertainment decisions. In terms of entertaining your colleagues from home, again, ask for some guidance from your Japanese co-workers and your local concierge (especially in the Shinjuku district). The importance of punctuality cannot be stressed enough. It is not uncommon to see businessmen loitering in hotel lobbies waiting for their appointments upstairs.
Business and pleasure go hand in hand in Tokyo. If you catch yourself taking the reins while entertaining, one recommendation is Robot Shinjuku. This highly raved-about cabaret show offers dinner and a unique live entertainment experience that will keep you and your guests talking through the next millennium. Allow yourself enough time for arrival to enjoy the full show. Another go-to you might consider is the New York Bar in the Park Hyatt Tokyo.
To keep things simple, you can always find a local noodle bar with your name on it. Many a good deal happens in such establishments. But always speak to your guest hosts or your concierge to pick the right option. Keep in mind: Japanese do not expect you to know their city. They are accommodating and proud to assist you in finding your direction around their home turf.
In almost all cases in Japan, and in Tokyo in particular, you not only have to go with the flow, you have to dive into the rapids. This city looks as if it will engulf you, but it is the easiest big city in Asia to navigate — on all levels — and easier than most American cities. It operates on a new modern grid system, is flush with taxis and offers a state-of-the-art metro system and residents willing to show you the ways of their town. In fact, in Tokyo, the best thing to do when lost is follow the crowd.
Anantara Uluwatu Bali Resort’s acclaimed Anantara Spa incorporates indigenous practices from world traditions, offering signature experiences individually personalized. And now, two renowned healers, experts in holistic, natural approaches to healing mind, body and spirit, join the celebrated Ibu Jero, High Priestess of Balinese Healers, at the spa.
This holiday season, escape to the Caribbean with Celebrity Cruises and reconnect with family and friends in luxurious accommodations that make you feel right at home. Savor globally inspired cuisine designed by our Michelin-starred chef, paired with the most awarded wine collection at sea. Elevate “me time” with a soothing spa treatment sure to renew. With both long and short cruises to celebrate in December, and even three special Ultimate Holiday Cruises that sail over Christmas and into the New Year, the time to gift an experience and create unforgettable memories is now. Celebrity Cruises’ Always IncludedSM pricing — drinks, WiFi and tips — ensures a seamless, carefree vacation with the ones you love.
It’s time to start dreaming of your next trip. Here’s some destination inspiration for you. Take a visual journey through Tulum with us.
While the lure of 10 tasting rooms along the only Urban Bourbon Trail in the United States (and the world) brings almost 19 million visitors to Louisville each year, business and city leaders have plans to grow the city to attract another type of visitor — the sports enthusiast.
IHG® Business Edge: Working Together with SMEs for a smarter way to manage travel
This holiday season, award-winning oceanfront hotel Prince Waikiki will partner with Miracle Bar’s Sippin’ Santa, making it the first time the state of Hawai’i has hosted a Miracle Bar pop-up. The hotel will turn its outdoor space into a tiki-themed winter wonderland furnished with both classic and Hawai’ian-inspired holiday decorations. The exclusive holiday cocktail event will be open Dec. 1–31, daily 4–10 p.m.
If you’ve ever dreamt of experiencing the good life of Florence’s great families — but in a modern context — Antica Torre di Via Tournabuoni 1 more than fulfills the requirements. The former private villa in its newly reinvigorated state (completed during the pandemic) offers a full-on Florentine immersion, whether you are traveling on business, pleasure or some mix of both. The location (the physical and cultural center of Florence) and the mid-13th-century building’s conversation-starting pedigree (built by the Guelf-Ruggerini family and owned by the Gianfigliazzi family) are two of the most important selling points. However, it’s what the current management has done to make the property relevant to 21st-century travelers that makes it worth checking into.
Since its prestige for attracting the world elite grew in the 1960s, Greece remains the go-to destination for glittering holidays. Each step of the journey is enrobed in luxury, from culinary traditions with the highest standard of execution and name-brand, high-end shopping to first-rate wellness locales and elite accommodations, like 5-star hotels, private villas and yachts.
Research conducted by money.co.uk reveals, out of 40 global cities reviewed, the 10 best cities in the world for art and culture lovers, with four of the top 10 located in the United States. The rankings factored in the number of art galleries, museums, monuments, street art and architecturally notable buildings.