Main Photo: The new cruise terminal at Yokohama’s Shinko Pier
Date: March 2019
Location: Shinko Pier, Yokohama, Japan – 20 minutes from Tokyo’s Haneda airport.
Name: TBA – opening date to be announced mid 2019
No. of Keys: TBA
Owner: The new hotel will be operated by the Yokohama Grand InterContinental. The parent company, Mori Trust has some sixteen hotels including the Conrad Tokyo, Westin Sendai, Shangri-La Tokyo as well as the 4-strong Laforet Hotels chain.
The five-story Shinko Pier, also known as “Yokohama Pier 9,” is currently scheduled to open in November 2019. Occupying an area of 30,290 square meters on a site footprint of 17,700 square meters, this new state-of-the-art port will be dedicated exclusively to passenger cruise ships.
In addition to the Passenger Facilities Terminal itself, the complex will include dining, entertainment, and a hotel.
The first floor will house the CIQ (Customs, Immigration & Quarantine) but will also feature “quick service” — convenience stores, fast food, a coffee chain, a ramen shop, and a food court.
The mezzanine level will sport a craft beer restaurant. On the second floor terrace, facing out to the sea, patrons will be able to choose from a pizzeria, a wine bar or a hamburger spot.
Floor two will also debut a local Yokohama chocolate shop and locavore eateries featuring culinary workshops.
The land adjacent to the new Shinko pier terminal will be developed into Hammerhead Park and Promenade. This park will incorporate the historic Shinko Pier Hammerhead Crane. This was Yokohama’s first quay crane, installed in 1914.
The hotel entrance will be on floor one, with the second floor showcasing both the hotel restaurant and lobby. Shinko’s top three floors (3, 4 & 5) will be devoted to luxury guest rooms, all over 45 square meters in size.
Cruise ship passengers, spending a pre-night at the port hotel, will be able to check-in for their cruise at the hotel and be escorted on board. Cruise passengers can travel door-to-door between the hotel and the airport with their large suitcases using the airport limousine service.
Carnival Corporation, which includes the Princess and Costa brands active in Japan, has preferential use rights and will host over 80 vessels annually, but other vessels will dock one or two times in spot arrivals.
Other cruise lines that will dock at Shinko include: Royal Caribbean, Windstar, MSC, Azamara, and NCL. A full ship docking schedule, subject to change, is here; 400,000 cruise ship passengers are expected annually.
Another new Yokohama hotel will be the APA Hotel & Resort Yokohama Bay Tower, slated to open on September 20, 2019, will be a 35-story tower with 2,311 guest rooms.
It will be the largest one-building hotel in Japan! It will be located in the Minato Mirai area and will include: a spa and wellness centre, featuring 10 ofuro (communal hot spring baths), a rotenburo (outdoor bath), and a grand swimming pool. Standard rates on an 11-meter squared double room start at $200 per night, service fee and tax inclusive.
THPT Comment: Yokohama is the host venue for several of the 2019 Rugby World Cup matches, including the final on November 2nd. Shame these hotels won’t be open by then!
First Seen: NBC 29.com
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