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Help! Hotels in Tokyo
I have a trip to Tokyo from July 23 – 28. Have roundtrip airline tix and olympic tix. Last time I visited during Spring I stayed at the Conrad. Now however every hotel I’ve heard of/seen in the city is sold out. Literally every single one. I’ve tried calling and there’s nothing they can do. Does anyone know what’s going on? I know this is a really busy season but can’t imagine that every room in every major hotel (or even marriott, hilton, etc.) is sold out.
Any guidance would be really appreciated!
I don’t know if AirBnB or VRBO operates in Japan, but try one of them?
Another option is to look for tour packages. Yes, you already have tickets to the Games and a tickets for your flights, but I bet at least some of the hotels have rooms, but they were sold to tour operators. Maybe you can buy a cheap (relatively) package and not use the flight. Or get tickets to some events you may not want, but hey, maybe you can use them anyway. Or sell them? This has worked well for me when traveling to overseas marathons.
I’ve seen this before in other major cities prior to a big event like this. Lots of hotels deliberately hold back rooms knowing that they can get extreme prices the closer the event is. There’s not much you can do except try to find something on the outskirts (which you can cancel) with the idea to keep looking as the date approaches. Not the news you want to hear but it’s the sad reality.
What everyone above has said is exactly right. CoSport is the official package seller in the US and has access to rooms & tickets so you may need to go through them. Expect to pay a serious upcharge. Or stay outside the city and take the train in each day. During the Vancouver games a friend and I stayed in Washington State and drove about an hour each day to get into the city. The room was still overpriced but was far cheaper than anything closer.