THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMEN Keio Challenger International Women’s Tournament
From 03/06 to 03/12
Money prize: $ 25,000
Surface: Hard outdoor
Tournament location: Mamushidani Tennis Courts, Keio University Hiyoshi Campus 4-1-1 Hiyoshi, Kohoku Ward, Kanagawa, Yokohama, 223-0061, Japan
How to get: Tennis courts are located just 1-minute walk from Hiyoshi Station (Tokyu Toyoko Line, Meguro Line, or Yokohama Municipal Subway Green Line). Yokohama central station is at about 20 km. The closest airport is Haneda Intl Airport at just 15.7 km from Keio University Hiyoshi Campus.
Main players: Isabela Shinikova (Bul) – Anastasia Pivovarova (Rus) – Quirine Lemoine (Ned) – Lina Gjorcheska (Mkd) – Miyu Kato (Jpn) – Laura Robson (Gbr) – Jasmine Paolini (Ita) – Shuko Aoyama (Jpn) – Jia Jing Lu (Chn) – Akiko Omae (Jpn)
THE TOWN: Located on the western coast of Tokyo Bay directly south of Tokyo, Yokohama is the second largest city in Japan and one of the cities most used to seeing foreigners. It is located only half an hour away from Tokyo, and effectively forms a part of the giant conurbation. Lonely Planet defines Yokohama as the city by the bay: “Even though it’s just 20-minutes’ train ride south of central Tokyo, Yokohama (横浜) has an appealing flavour and history all its own. Locals are likely to cite the uncrowded, walkable streets or neighbourhood atmosphere as the main draw, but for visitors it’s the breezy bay front, creative arts scene, multiple microbreweries, jazz clubs and great international dining.”
TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS IN YOKOHAMA:
- Minato Mirai 21
- Sankeien Gardens
- Yokohama Port
BEST PLACES TO STAY:
- Hotel Edit Yokohama. Excellent *** hotel rated 8.7 on Booking and with high value for money. It is located just 500 mt from Minato Mirai and offers beautiful 18 mq2 twin room from 58€ per night or 75$ with breakfast included. Wifi and cancellation are always free.
- Hotel New Grand. Very chic **** hotel rated 8.8 on Booking and located directly on Yokohama Bay at just 2 minutes walk from Chinatown. It offers a massage center and 3 different restaurants: the french Le Normandie, the italian Il Giardino and the japanese Yugyo-an. The price for a wide 32 mq2 regular room starts from 111$ per night with free cancellation and wifi.
- The Yokohama Bay Hotel Tokyu. Wonderful and luxury ***** hotel rated 9.2 on Booking and located in the real heart of Minato Mirai. It features rooms with balcony, spectacular views on the bay, 6 onsite dining options, an indoor pool and a beauty saloon. The price for a luxury ocean twin room with sensational bay view is 266$ per night or 310$ with breakfast included. Free wifi is available in all hotel areas.
Enjoy this great TennisTrip!