Travel beyond COVID-19. What travel will look like during & after COVID-19. A series of interviews with our top Hospitality and Tourism partners from around the world. Updates, Awareness, Wisdom & Education.  

Interview with Paul Sambu. Senior Sales Manager at the iconic The OKURA Tokyo.
Tokyo, Japan

To curate, plan and book your next travel experience, contact me directly. or +1 917 754 5515.

Iconic Lobby at The OKURA Tokyo

The OKURA Tokyo

The OKURA Tokyo. A Tokyo landmark since 1962, The Okura Tokyo in Toranomon is a triumphant fusion of 1960s modernist design with fine Japanese craftsmanship. Popular with royalty, U.S. presidents and even James Bond himself (the Sean Connery incarnation).

The historic hotel recently reopened last year 2019 September, following a $1 billion makeover with new buildings and a meticulously maintained vintage aesthetic. Original artworks line the walls of an exact replica of the old lobby — even the new carpet is identical to ensure none of the magic and glamour was lost.

New updates include an elegant rooftop bar and the only spa in Tokyo to offer treatments from luxe French skincare brand Annayake. Surrounded by gorgeous trees and greenery that are beautiful in any season, the luxury hotel feels worlds away from the bustle of the capital, though many of the city’s after-hours hot spots are just steps from your front door.

A hotel property which tells you that you are in the ambience of traditional Japanese hospitality in the middle of the urban jungle of Tokyo , a piece you will find in each and every inches inside the tranquil – landmark – lobby of The Okura Tokyo, come and explore the beauty !

Book The OKURA Tokyo directly with me via email or phone, and instantly received the following VIP Amenities listed below. Email – Phone. +1 917 754 5515.

  • Complimentary breakfast for two daily.

  • $100 USD Spa or Food & Beverage Credit ( per room per stay )

  • Upgrade subject to the availability at the time of check in.

  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability.

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi.

Q&A / Travel beyond COVID-19

Q&A Travel beyond COVID-19. Insight shared from out travel partners around the globe. For follow up questions, kindly contact us directly.

When are you foreseeing your hotel opening back for tourists ?
Our hotel was open throughout, during the pandemic phase without any closure, but with limited operation of the restaurants and other facilities inside hotel until 31st May. From 1st June onwards we are gradually opening more and more restaurants inside the hotel premises and the accommodation, banquet and restaurant are all in operation at present.

What measures have you taken to reopen post COVID-19 ?
Please address sterilization measures, security, mandates on staff and guests testing, transportation etc.
The details are clearly announced in our COVID-19 Page.

How do you plan to enforce these measures and how will you ensure compliance?
We have already enforced the preventive measures inside the hotel from March onwards for accommodation, banquet and restaurant operations, plus inside banquet also we started to take new measures which are clearly announced in our COVID-19 Page.

How will these measures affect the overall regular experience ?
Still at present in Japan the overall Domestic travel will start from this month June onwards, and expecting to have the International from late Summer and Autumn onwards. We would like to make a sweet combination of a natural stay at our hotel, so that it will not harm the guest stay, together with the safety measures to ensure the guest a complete safe and peaceful stay without any hesitation.

Booking & Payment Flexibility Terms and Conditions during and after COVID-19 time.
Yes, we have already the flexibility in terms of bookings and payments. During COVID-19 more flexibility on cancellation policies.

Will you be offering any special promotions, packages and/or value adds?
Exclusively to preferred partners as yourself, we will be offering the following VIP amenities to your clients/readers, when booking The OKURA Tokyo, directly with you. Best Available Rates ( BAR Rates ) + Complimentary breakfast for two daily + $100 USD Spa or Food & Beverage credit ( per room per stay ) + Upgrade, upon availability at the time of check in + Early check in/late check out upon availability at the time of check in + Complimentary WIFI.

How will you plan to maintain a level social distancing ?
We would like to follow Japanese Government guidelines, but at the same time we would like to maintain the natural ambience and harmony inside the public space. Guest will enjoy the hotel’s charm and stay in the right spirit.

Tell us about the current quarantine and restrictions within your destination ?
For overseas guests we are following the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan (MOFA JAPAN) guidelines of quarantine. As Japan is doing quite well in terms of COVID-19 pandemic phase, you may say among G-7 countries, Japan is top with less casualties and infections.

Please add any additional information you believe would be helpful to raise travelers trust levels in order to visit ?
Even before the pandemic, the hotel always ensured each and every guest the best cleanliness and safety measure in terms of hygiene. Now as we experiences the COVID phase, extra measures have been taken to take all the precaution and safety to ensure the guest a complete safe stay at the hotel.

Now on a lighter and positive note,

Have you taken advantage of this quiet months, to curate new experiences or discover new locations/destinations? If YES Which ?
The hotel itself is just 8 months old – since we opened the new Okura building, last September 2019.

What is your favorite feature about your property and destination that you wish to share with my clients/readers ?
Okura’s iconic lobby is the symbol and landmark of the property. When guests first enter the hotel, they feel the ambience, a true sense-of-place of Japan.

My own Japan Experiences

Been to Japan many times. I have always been fascinated with Tokyo and beyond. During my last visit, in preparation for the Tokyo Olympics 2o20 ( now postponed to 2021 ), I was lucky enough to spend time in Tokyo, Mt Fuji and Kyoto, scouting and curating moments, experiences, hotels and restaurants for my private leisure clients and corporate groups.

Here you may read some posts. Also I would like to share my Instagram Posts. Some of my favorite experiences were: SUMO Morning Training Session in Tokyo, Private KOTO Class, Private Tea Ceremony with a ZEN Master, and following the steps of the Geishas in Kyoto, among many many others. Enjoy the journey.

Helpful Resources

Some useful resources you might want to keep in mind, for your upcoming travels during and after COVID-19.

IATA Travel Center

US Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs

CDC Center for Disease Control & Prevention

World Health Organization

Homeland Security

Global COVID-19 Flights & Travel Restrictions

World Travel & Tourism Council

World Travel Restrictions UN World Food Programme

Observatory on Border Crossings Status due to COVID-19

Health travel advice for all Countries

EU Reopen



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