THE TOURNAMENT: ATP 500 Rakuten Japan Open Tenns Championships 2016
Date: From 03/10 to 09/10
Money prize: $ 1,506,385
Surface: Hard Outdoor
Tournament Location: Ariake Colosseum & Ariake Tennis Forest Park, Tokyo, Japan
How to get: Ariake Tennis Forest Park is located in the wide area of Tokyo Port. It’s far just 12,9 km from Haneda Airport while Narita International Airport is at about 70 km.
Recent Past Winners: 2015 Stan Wawrinka – 2014 Kei Nishikori – 2013 Juan Martin del Potro – 2012 Key Nishikori – 2011 Andy Murray – 2010 Rafael Nadal
Top 10 Players: Stan Wawrinka (Svi) – Kei Nishikori (Jpn) – Thomas Berdych (Cek) – Marin Cilic (Cro) – Gael Monfils (Fra) – David Goffin (Bel) – Nick Kyrgios (Aus) -Feliciano Lopez (Esp) – Ivo Karlovic (Cro) – Kevin Anderson (Rsa)
Tokyo enjoys a long history of prosperity as Japan’s capital since 1603, when Tokugawa Ieyasu established his shogunate and named the city Edo. Today, with a population of about 13 million, it has grown into the largest of the 47 prefectures of Japan and indeed one of the greatest metropolises in the world. Comprising 23 special wards, 26 cities, 5 towns, and 8 villages, Tokyo is the center of various activities in Japan including politics, economy, and culture. Melting past and future, Tokyo dazzles with its traditional culture and passion for everything new. Rebecca Milner, a Lonely Planet’s writer. says about this incredible town : “I’ve lived in Tokyo for over a decade now and am continuously surprised – sometimes on a daily basis – by something new. Such is the joy of living in a city that prides itself on constant renewal and reinvention; it seriously never gets old. Tokyo has everything you can ask of a city, and has it in spades: a rich, cosmopolitan dining scene, more cafes and bars than you could visit in a lifetime, fantastic public…”
TOP 5 THINGS TO SEE IN TOKYO:
- Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
- Akihabara Electric Town
- Tokyo Sky Tree
- Imperial Palace
SUGGESTED EXCURSION: DAILY TRIP ON FUJI MOUNT
BEST PLACES TO STAY:
- Richmond Hotel Premier Asakusa International. Suprising *** hotel located at just 300 mt from Sensoji Temple and 1 km from Tokyo Sky Tree Tower. Rated 9.2 on Booking, this accomodation offers modern double rooms of 18 mq2 at 128€ per night with free cancellation and wi-fi included. Breakfast costs 40€ more.
- Hotel Trusty Tokyo Bayside. Wonderful **** hotel with spa and an international restaurant, this accomodation gets an ideal location for tennis fans at a few steps from Ariake Tennis Forest Park. Rated 8.1 on Booking, it offers modern decored double room at 205 € per night with breakfast and wi-fi included.
- Imperial Hotel Tokyo. Luxurious ***** hotel rated 9.3 on Booking this is a “once time in the life” accomodation. Operating from 1890 and located 5 minutes walk from Imperial Palace and Ginza, offers beautiful and spacious double rooms from 432€ per night with wifi and parking included.