Large 2,000-capacity cruises have been deployed as researchers expect a shortage of 14,000 rooms.

Tokyo officials float cruise as solution to Olympics hotel shortage

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Tokyo officials are proposing cruises as one possible solution to accommodate an expected surge in visitors during the Olympics next year. Photo Credit: junce/Getty Images

Local officials are proposing accommodating people in cruise ships temporarily docked off Tokyo and nearby Yokohama during the Games as a possible solution, according to a report by Japan Today.

Tokyo officials are looking at cruise ships as a potential solution to the shortage in accommodation, in anticipation of the inpouring of Olympic fans next year.

Despite a construction boom, Tokyo could likely be short of as many as 14,000 rooms, given an expected surge in Olympics-related tourism, researchers say.

Local officials are proposing accommodating people in cruise ships temporarily docked off Tokyo and nearby Yokohama during the Games as a possible solution, according to a report by Japan Today.

Japan’s largest travel agency JTB has already chartered the 1,011-cabin Sun Princess for the Olympic period. The 2,010-passenger features everything from jacuzzis to a theatre.

The agency has begun offering packages that combine rooms with Olympic event tickets.

For example, it is offering two nights in a balcony room with tickets to an Olympic soccer match for 200,000 yen (US$1,850), while two nights in a 50sqm suite combined with baseball tickets will go for 724,000 yen.

The agency said it was confident about demand, partly because "we will have a shortage of hotels of a certain standard", said Minoru Kuge, head of JTB's Tokyo2020 Project Office.

Meanwhile, there have been negotiations to dock the 928-cabin Explorer Dream in Kawasaki.

Tokyo’s local government and officials in Chiba Prefecture, east of the capital, are looking into additional cruise ship possibilities.

Tokyo officials are also planning to open a new cruise ship terminal days before the Games kick off.


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