With more than 13.5 million residents and over 4.8 million tourists per year, Tokyo is filled with animation, tradition, and Japanese culture. Known it’s bright lights, high technology, and for being the city with the most Michelin-starred restaurants, it makes sense that Tokyo is not only the leading city in Japan, but also the number one spot for MICE international conferences in Japan.
To help you pick between the abundance of world-class sites, museums, and unique venues in Tokyo, we’ve researched and curated this guide. Check out our planner’s guide to the best venues and places to stay in Tokyo for meeting and event professionals.
Top 10 Venues Planners Should Consider
Also known as Tokyo’s International Exhibition Center, Tokyo Big Sight is Japan’s largest exhibition center. With 16 exhibition halls broken into the East, West, and South Exhibition Halls and a Conference Tower, there is over 66,140 meters squared for planners to choose from. Some of the most sought-after venue spaces include the Rooftop Exhibition Area located above the West Hall, the East Exhibition Hall, and the Reception Hall in the Conference Tower. In addition to the abundance of venue space, the Big Sight offers planners and attendees free Wi-Fi, a prayer room, shops, restaurants, a pharmacy, banks, a post office, and more. With so much to offer and located only 25 minutes by bus from Haneda Airport, Tokyo’s International Airport, Tokyo’s Big Sight is an ideal meeting and event venue for planners.
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Built in 1974, the Akasaka Palace is not only the lone Neo-Baroque building in all of Japan, but is also home to the Japanese government’s meetings, receptions, and welcoming ceremonies. Planners can now host their own events in this historic Palace. Some of the Palace’s most sought after rooms are the 19th century Empire style, Sairan No Ma room, the Kacho No Ma room, which features 36 oil paintings of flowers and birds, the 18th century French-style Hagoromo No Ma room, the 180 square meter Asahi No Ma room, regarded as the most formal of all the State Rooms, and the Entrance Hall, which features imported marble and a grand staircase. Host your event where monarchs, presidents, and diplomatic from countries around the world have before, by hosting your next meeting or event at the Akasaka Palace.
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If you’re looking for a venue that has it all, then the Prince Park Tower Tokyo Hotel is the place for you. The Prince boasts 17 meeting rooms for planners to choose from. Two of the most popular rooms are the Ballroom and the Convention Hall, which both can accommodate up to 3,200 guests and rank among some of the largest venue spaces in Japan. The Prince is also known for its unique Sky Banquet, which offers guests panoramic views of the city from the top floor of the hotel. In addition to the surplus of event space, the Prince also features 603 guest rooms, a spa, fitness center, bowling alley, shops, a bakery, 13 restaurants, and bars. With so many amenities, the Prince Park Tower Tokyo Hotel is fit to handle any event.
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Known in Tokyo for its 300-year-old history as a Japanese garden, the Hama-rikyu Gardens now offers planners the opportunity to host private events in the gardens. Located in the heart of Tokyo, planners can host 30 to 1,000 guests in the floating Nakashima Tea House that overlooks the only seawater pond persevered in Tokyo. Although there is a 118-meter long bridge that connects the islands in the Gardens, planners can arrange for guests to reach and depart from the Teahouse via a riverboat to further showcase the Japanese culture and experience.
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Immerse your attendees in the latest technology and science that the world has to offer by hosting your next event at Tokyo’s National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation. Planners can choose from X venue spaces: Miraikan Hall (292 guests), Innovation Hall (292 guests), seven Conference Rooms Jupiter (24-84 guests), the Lobby, the Viewing Lounge (400 guests), the Symbol Zone, the two Multipurpose Rooms (66 guests), eight Waiting Rooms (4-14 guests), and the Special Exhibition Zone (1,510 m2 of event space). One of the most popular venue spaces at the Museum is the six-story open Symbol Zone, where planners can host their event under the “Geo-Cosmos”. Whichever venue space you choose, your guests are sure to have an out-of-this-world experience.
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Treat your guests to omotenashi (Japanese hospitality), by hosting your next event at the five-star Palace Hotel in Tokyo. Located on some of the most exclusive property, right in the heart of the city, the Palace Hotel offers planners 12 highly sought-after meeting and event spaces. The 12 venues are equipped with projectors, wired for video conferencing, feature floor-to-ceiling windows, and can accommodate 12 to 1,400 guests. In addition to meeting and event space, the Hotel features 290 guest rooms, 10 restaurants and bars, and an Evian Spa. With luxury and service incorporated into every aspect of the Palace, your event at the Palace will be one your attendees will not want to forget.
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Built in the 1920s by the Maeda family to host guests from overseas, the Former Residence of the Maeda Family now acts as an event space for meeting and event planners alike. Located in Komaba Park, the Residence offers four event spaces for planners to choose from: Guest Hall (20 seated guests), Guest Room (10 seated guests), Dining Hall (20 seated guests), or the Dining Room (10 seated guests). Guests will be surrounded by original lavish furniture, marble, stained glass, and an overall royal atmosphere. If you’re looking for an intimate venue that embodies some of Tokyo’s history and culture, and will make your guests feel like royalty, then the Former Residence of the Maeda Family is the place for you.
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8. Tokyo Tower
Host your next event in one of Tokyo’s most iconic landmarks, the Tokyo Tower. Also known as Tokyo’s Eiffel Tower, the Tokyo tower stretches 333 meters tall and is more than a tourist attraction. The Tower offers planners four venue spaces to choose from: the Top Deck (30 guests), Club333 (70 guests), Tokyo Tower Hall (200 guests), and Foot Town Roof Square (150 guests). Perhaps the most popular event space is the Top Deck where your guests can enjoy 360-degree views of Tokyo out of the glittering geometric mirrors from 250m above sea level. No matter what venue you choose, your attendees will feel like they are floating above the city by hosting your next event at the Tokyo Tower.
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If you’re looking for an event space that captures Japanese culture and spirit, then the Daikyoji Temple is for you. Situated in downtown Tokyo, the Daikyoji Temple, also known as the Shibamata Taishakuten, offers planners four Japanese style indoor meeting spaces that can accommodate 20 to 54 guests and the outdoor Grounds of the Temple, which can accommodate 190 to 380 guests. One of the Temple’s most popular indoor spaces is the Hosho Kaikan building (20-50 guests), which features detailed woodcarvings and overlooks the garden and pond. With the help of this Buddhist temple, give your guests a spiritually centering experiencing by hosting your next event at the Daikyoji Temple.
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Show your guests what classic luxury is, by hosting your next event at the Tokyo Station Hotel. Consistently receiving awards, like the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Award Winner of 2019, the Best Gourmet Experience Award, and many others, the Station Hotel prides itself on providing genuine Japanese hospitality. For planners, the hotel offers 150 guest rooms, 10 restaurants, bars, and cafes, a spa, fitness center, and three state-of-the-art venue spaces that can accommodate 30-324 guests. With all these amenities and being located in the center of Tokyo’s business district, the Tokyo Station Hotel is an ideal, all-in-one venue space for your next event.
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Top 3 Things to Do in Tokyo
Rated the number one thing to do in Tokyo, the Tokyo National Museum is home to over 116,000 artifacts and pieces of artwork. Visitors will discover some of Japan’s oldest artifacts, like samurai swords, pottery, calligraphy, paintings, Buddhist scrolls that date back to 607, and more. Tickets for the museum cost 620 yen for adults ($5.75), 410 yen for university students, and free for children under 18 and adults over 70.
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Dating back to 628, the Sensoji Temple is Tokyo’s oldest religious site. The Buddhist Temple has been dedicated to the Asakusa Kannon, a Buddhist god of happiness, mercy, and who has said to have healing powers. With over 30 million annual visitors, visitors report that the free Temple can get very crowded, so try to arrive early in the morning at opening, 6 a.m., or around closing at 5 p.m.
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Home to the Emperor of Japan and the royal family, the Imperial Palace has housed Japan’s most famous and important figures for decades. Visitors can tour certain areas of the Palace but have to go through an application process. If you want to skip the application process, you can visit the East Gardens, which are most enjoyable according to tourists during the cherry blossom and fall foliage seasons.
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Have you ever hosted an event in one of these Tokyo venues? How did it go? What was your favorite thing to do inside and outside of Tokyo? Let us know by commenting below!
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