A Guide to the Tokyo Game Show 2017
Every year the global gaming community descends on Chiba – just southeast of Tokyo in Japan – for the ultimate video game exhibition and convention. Japanese games tend to be the main focus of the show but select international developers also use the space to showcase exciting new products. With upwards of 200,000 people attending each year and a mind-boggling array of exhibitions, this event is simply unmissable for industry professionals and die-hard game nerds alike.
The Tokyo Game Show has been running for 21 years and returns this month. The 21st and 22nd of September will be for industry insiders only. And on the 23rd and 24th September the doors of the event will be flung open to the public.
Tempted to go? Simplexity can get you there.
From arranging flights and transfers to booking hotels and restaurants – we have you covered. Here’s our guide to one of the biggest gaming shows out there. Hit play.
1. Where to stay
The Peninsula Tokyo is every bit as techy as the gadgets and consoles on display at the Tokyo Game Show. The towering hotel, rising out of the fashionable Marunouchi district, feels both contemporary and art-deco. Magnificent lighting and angular architecture make for an arrestingly beautiful building. This minimalist, art-led design can be found inside too. Think clean lines and dramatic, sculptural wall pieces. Amenities-wise, you’ll find sweet-slumber inducing bedrooms, a selection of top-notch restaurants and a spa and pool with all the trimmings. The hotel is just a 40-minute journey from the convention location.
Another striking hotel is the Hoshinoya Tokyo. Located near Tokyo Station and the breath-taking Imperial Palace. Combining Zen-like calm and modern Japanese aesthetics, this spaciously designed hotel offers guest the chance to partake in a traditional Tea Ceremony Experience. With a complimentary in-room full Japanese or Western breakfast for two daily, you can get a true taste of this amazing city and it’s unique culture whilst you enjoy the Tokyo Game Show.
Booking a hotel with us gives you the opportunity to be upgraded on your arrival. You’ll also receive an American breakfast for two in-room guests daily. And the food benefits don’t end there. A $100 USD equivalent food and beverage credit, to be utilised during your stay. To give you full flexibility, early check-in/late check-out options are possible, subject to availability.
2. Where to eat
Do you love gaming? Eat, drink, sleep it? Then you’ll love Capcom Entertainment Bar which rustles up food and drink inspired by some truly iconic video games like Resident Evil, Ace Attorney and Monster Hunter. Never has food been more fun.#
3. Must see events
The Sense of Wonder Night: This element of the Tokyo Game Show focuses on the new, the daring and the unique. A small group of exhibitors are given the opportunity to present their maverick ideas to the gaming community and win one of a series of gongs: “Audience Award", "Best Technological Game Award", "Best Arts Award", "Best Experimental Game Award", "Best Game Design Award", "Best Presentation Award". If the Sense of Wonder Night doesn’t fire up your imagination, nothing will.
4. Where to shop
Want to grab some games while you’re in town? Then head to the infamous Super Potato. Part museum, part second-hand game store, this little treasure trove is one of Tokyo’s best worst-kept secrets. Browse old game consoles and drool over some classic Japanese PC Engine games.
Assemble your players and get ready for the gaming trip of a lifetime. Talk to a member of the Simplexity team today.
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