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October 2015 issue


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APA Hotel & Resort [Tokyo Bay Makuhari] to provide Japan's largest number of guest rooms with 2,001 rooms

Chiba Prefecture, Chiba, the large scale hotel adjacent to Makuhari Messe APA Hotel & Resort [Tokyo Bay Makuhari] is planning to open its East Wing equipped with 500 rooms in October 2016. With this extension, it will become the highest and largest hotel in Japan providing 2,001 rooms that can welcome more than 4,000 guests. In the East Wing, a Japanese restaurant will be newly opened and the lobby and all rooms will be equipped with free Wi-Fi connection service. Furthermore, in order to achieve a speedy check-in due to the scale expansion of the rooms, an "automatic check-in machine” will be installed.
In the hotel, you can find the main banquet of "Tokyo Bay Makuhari Hall” which is the largest in Chiba Prefecture capable of accommodating 3,000 guests, it is also ideal for national or international large conferences and business events.
URL http://www.apahotel.com.e.ju.hp.transer.com/language/shutoken/tokyobay-makuhari/
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Access Approximatively 35 minutes from Tokyo Station by train
Approximatively 45 minutes from Narita Airport by highway bus
Approximatively 60 minutes from Haneda Airport by highway bus

Tokyo Disney Resort ® Official Hotel Tokyo Bay Maihama Hotel
A new restaurant, the largest in the area, has opened

Tokyo Disney Resort Official Hotel of Tokyo Bay Maihama Hotel located in Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture, has opened on September 1, 2015 the restaurant "The Atrium", which has the highest number of seats in the area. In this restaurant recreating the image of southern Europe, there is an area facing the inside of an open atrium, two areas facing the sea and there is also a lounge where you can find a bar counter with a roof., In addition, private use is also possible depending on the area. Producing in each area a comfortable space matching with guests’ using scenes.
The same hotel has also the area’s largest banquet hall of 1,800m2, a small banquet hall and various restaurants as well as more than 700 guests rooms, making it possible to realize a “Resort MICE” that you cannot have in the city with skilled staff service to lead the MICE holding to success.

URL http://www.tbm-clubresort.jp/ (Opening in a new window)
Access Approximatively 15 minutes from Tokyo Station by train
Approximatively 60 minutes from Narita Airport by highway bus
Approximatively 50 minutes from Haneda Airport by highway bus

A new Disney hotel, the "Tokyo Disney Celebration Hotel" will open in June 2016

Becoming the forth in Japan, a new Disney hotel will open in June 2016 in the Shin-Urayasu area near Tokyo Disney Resort ®.

Featuring a decoration in the hotel reminiscent of Tokyo Disneyland ® and Tokyo Disney Sea ® in, of course, the rooms but also in the lobby and courtyard, allowing you to fully enjoy moments looking like the dream experienced in the parks.

URL http://www.olc.co.jp/news/tdr_oth/MRH20150902_01.pdf (Opening in a new window)
Access Approximatively 30 minutes from Tokyo Station by train and free shuttle bus
Approximatively 70 minutes from Narita Airport by highway bus
Approximatively 45 minutes from Haneda Airport by highway bus

Naritasan Shinshoji Temple awarded two stars in the “Michelin Green Guide”

For the first time in Chiba Prefecture, Narita, Naritasan Shinshoji Temple and the Katori/Sawara area appeared in the French version of revised 4th edition of the travel guide book "Michelin Green Guide Japon”. Among them, the Naritansan Shinshoji Temple located 10 minutes by train from Narita Airport, was featured with the high evaluation of two stars. Narita Shinshoji Temple is visited by approximatively more than 10 million persons yearly and one of the rare sacred places in Japan to have more than 1,000 years of history. There are many enshrinement halls designated as Nationally Designated Important Cultural Properties in its large compound and also the adjacent Naritasan Park extending on a surface equivalent to 3.5 times the Tokyo Dome where you can have a taste of the changing seasons of nature. From Narita Station to Naritasan Shinshoji Temple, there is the Omotesando combining the aspects of old-fashioned city with exoticism, with its continuous rows of eel shops and international restaurants.

URL http://www.naritasan.or.jp/english/index.html (Opening in a new window)
Access Approximatively 10 minutes from Narita Airport by train
In addition, Sawara in Katori published at the same time, has been nationally selected as the first conservation district of important traditional buildings in Kanto as it is a town where remain deep-colored vestiges of Edo culture. Along the river and the road there is the former residence of Inou Tadataka nationally designated as historical landmark as well as 8 cultural assets (13 buildings) in rows designated by Chiba Prefecture with shops for which family business was passed on through generations since the ancient times remaining and continuing to trade even now.

URL http://www.suigo-sawara.ne.jp/ (Opening in a new window)
Access Approximatively 40 minutes from Narita Airport by highway bus

What is the Michelin Green Guide Japon

A travel guide listing Japanese tourist destinations recommended to foreigners. On the basis of the evaluation for recommendation, tourist sites are classified using a three-star system into three stars (worth the trip), two stars (worth a detour) and one star (interesting).


Introducing Chiba Prefecture’s small stories [Chiba Autumn Festival]

Grand Autumn Festival of Sawara (Katori)

The Grand Festival of Sawara is called one of the Kanto three major float festivals, has a tradition of about 300 years and has been designated as an important intangible folk cultural heritage of Japan. The elegance of 14 luxurious floats in the streets of Sawara moving to the sound of the musical accompaniment of 'Sawara Hayashi’, one of the three major accompaniments in Japan, make you reminisce about Edo Period.

URL http://www.suigo-sawara.ne.jp/entry-gallery.html?id=6821 (Video / Opening in a new window)
Date October 9 to 11
Access Approximatively 85 minutes from Tokyo Station by highway bus

Nanso Satomi Festival (Tateyama)

Minami Boso was the setting for “Nanso Satomi Hakkenden”. With 25 floats/mikoshi taking part and a total of about 200 warriors conducting the parade. On the site especially prepared for the event, Sengoku Era battles portrayed in picture scrolls are reenacted, so you can enjoy martial arts performances by the eight Dog Warriors playing an active part in “Nanso Satomi Hakkenden”, full-scale battle scenes, arquebus demonstration and others.

URL http://satomi.tateyamacity.com/ (Opening in a new window)
Date October 17
Access Approximatively 30 minutes from Tokyo Station by highway bus