Tokyo has long been a MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions) global powerhouse with its mix of tradition and modernity attracting groups from Australia to Japan’s cultural and political capital.
There are plenty of direct flights from the East Coast making Tokyo a convenient option for event organisers. Qantas has ramped up direct flights to Tokyo from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, while Virgin Australia has a new daily direct service from Cairns to Tokyo’s Haneda airport.
All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines have also boosted their services from Australia to Tokyo.
Once on the ground, organisers have plenty of choice beyond Tokyo’s purpose-built meetings and conference venues, with the city home to a plethora of unique event spaces that will deliver unforgettable moments for delegates.
From stunning gardens dating from the Edo period and historic buildings in the heart of the city to a cruise ship terminal with views to die for and a theme park for the young at heart, here are four unique venues that open up new possibilities for events in Tokyo.
The historic Hama-rikyu Gardens date back to the Edo period, with its landscaped settings by a tranquil pond contrasting with the skyscrapers of the city. Beautiful in any season, the gardens make for an ideal space to host formal dinners through to stand-up cocktail events in either of the two teahouses, both offering stunning views of the extensive garden.
Perfect for smaller nighttime events, the 400sqm Nakajima-no-ochaya teahouse is where generations of shoguns entertained their guests, and now it offers the same sense of traditional hospitality to groups in this memorable setting. The roofed 100sqm Kaboku-en Rest Facility can be used for cocktail parties with the gardens offering a beautiful backdrop.
A showcase event for Hama-rikyu Gardens held in February 2023 saw participants given an Augmented Reality preview of the event capabilities of Nakajima-no-ochaya teahouse before boarding a special water bus from the pier at WATERS takeshiba to visit the Gardens in person. Here, they were treated to a culinary experience using ingredients such as Edo Tokyo vegetables and local products from Tokyo’s islands and the Takeshiba area. There was also a spectacular ikebana (traditional flower arranging) performance to top off the memorable event.
Its location also offers easy access to major hotels and conference centres – an added benefit of this centrally located oasis. For a closer look at the possibilities this unique venue can offer, head here.
Built in 1920, Re;PLACE KOISHIKAWA offers another side of Tokyo’s history being one of the few modern Japanese-style buildings located in the heart of the city.
The beautiful Japanese-style rooms are the perfect venue to experience a wide range of Japanese culture such as flower arrangement, calligraphy and kimono wearing, making it a very popular venue for groups keen to immerse themselves in Japan’s traditional way of life.
The Chashitsu, a small Japanese tea room located in the back, can also accommodate Japanese tea ceremony gatherings.
The landscaped garden surrounding the venue allows groups to enjoy the beauty of the seasons, making this a much sought-after venue that really brings all the traditional experiences of Japan under one roof.
Embrace your inner child at this theme park with a difference. Originally designed for children to learn about work and society through hands-on job experience, KidZania Tokyo is a child-size townscape that can be hired exclusively for large-scale functions accommodating up to 1,200 for cocktail events or even formal dinners.
With nearly 100 different job experiences using real-world tools and equipment, this venue is perfect for teambuilding activities and out-of-the-ordinary events.
The 6,000sqm venue allows adults to act out their own dreams across a huge variety of townscapes. Always wanted to be a fireman or rockstar – you can here!
With teambuilding hosts inhouse, this is a great way to engage groups of all sizes. Head here to see the versatility this unique venue can offer.
Offering stunning views over Tokyo Bay, the Tokyo International Cruise Terminal is the gateway for thousands of visitors arriving in Tokyo. Opened in 2020, this sleek, modern building also offers 19,000sqm of flexible event space spread across the second and third floors, including conference rooms and VIP suites.
Capable of hosting everything from fashion shows to large conferences and exhibitions, Tokyo International Cruise Terminal also features an extensive LED screen system measuring 4.5m x 15m in addition to a state-of-the-art lighting system that can be used to create a multitude of effects for any occasion.
The spacious observation deck overlooking the bay can also host events with unrivalled views of the city’s skyline.
These four venues are just a few of the truly unique event spaces on offer in Tokyo, which is ready to welcome groups of all sizes.
The Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau (TCVB) is a great resource for organisers, providing insights and expertise on every aspect of event planning and execution in Tokyo.
TOKYO Unique Venues’ website is also a valuable online tool that features venue information, event history, 360-degree views and pricing, in addition to providing comprehensive support by assisting organisers with enquiries and site visits.