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Cruise ships to tackle hotel shortage during Tokyo Olympics

  • January 7, 2020
  • , Jiji Press , 7:11 p.m.
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Tokyo, Jan. 7 (Jiji Press)–The shortage of hotel rooms may not be a worry during the Tokyo Olympics this summer as “hotel ships” will be used when the Japanese capital hosts the games.

Huge cruise ships will be moored off Tokyo and the nearby city of Yokohama to serve as temporary accommodations, helping cover a large number of foreigners visiting Japan during the sporting event.

It is also hoped that they will promote Tokyo and Yokohama as tourism destinations and reinvigorate the bay areas.

Yokohama, the capital of Kanagawa Prefecture, will host the Sun Princess, a 1,011-cabin cruise ship capable of accommodating up to 2,000 people, as a hotel ship at Yamashita Pier at the Port of Yokohama, from July 23 to Aug. 10.

The hotel ship service is offered by major travel agency JTB Corp. A two-night stay by two people in one room is priced at 183,000 yen or more per person and it comes with Olympic tickets.

The hosting of the hotel ship is part of the city’s effort to promote the port as a top-class cruise hub as it will become able to accommodate up to seven large cruise ships at the same time this spring.

The city also aims to use hotel ships when it hosts international conferences and exhibitions in the future.

Many cabins are booked by companies for use in group trips by employees and anniversary events, as well as by individual seniors.

 Another hotel ship will be moored at Tokyo International Cruise Terminal in Tokyo’s Koto Ward on July 24-29. Tokyo hopes to attract demand from foreign visitors as the location has a good access to Tokyo International Airport at Haneda and Narita International Airport in Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo.

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