Tokyo, Japan’s capital and the world’s most populous metropolis, fascinates with its blend of high-tech, cutting-edge modernity side by side with the carefully guarded traditions and culture of old Japan. A city with no center, Tokyo is made up of a series of small towns and neighborhoods, each with its own history, flavor, and atmosphere. The site of the 2017 USC Global Conference, the Grand Hyatt Tokyo, is located in the microcity of Roppongi Hills, a mega-complex incorporating offices, apartments, shops, restaurants, movie theaters, art museum, observation deck and more. We hope you enjoy your time in Tokyo for our 2017 USC Global Conference. To learn more about our host city, we’ve compiled helpful tips from leading travel websites below.
Preparing for the Conference
Global Conference attendees should plan on arriving on or before Thursday, September 21st in time for the Welcome Dinner and Opening Celebration that evening, which will feature a performance by legendary violinist, Midori Goto. The conference program will commence on Friday morning, September 22nd and continue through Saturday morning, September 23rd, concluding that evening with the Closing Gala Dinner. The full conference schedule and list of distinguished speakers will be announced in the coming months.
The official location of the 2017 USC Global Conference is the Grand Hyatt Tokyo. Special group rates for hotel accommodations are available to conference attendees for dates September 17th through 26th, but the number of available rooms is limited. Additional information can be found on the conference registration page.
Top things to do in Tokyo: Travel Guide by TripAdvisor®
Tradition collides with pop culture in Tokyo, where you can reverently wander ancient temples before rocking out at a karaoke bar. Wake up before the sun to catch the lively fish auction at the Tsukiji Market, then refresh with a walk beneath the cherry blossom trees that line the Sumida River. Spend some time in the beautiful East Gardens of the Imperial Palace, then brush up on your Japanese history at the Edo-Tokyo Museum. Don’t forget to eat as much sushi, udon noodles, and wagashi (Japanese sweets) as your belly can handle. — TripAdvisor
Top things to do in Akasaka / Roppongi, Tokyo: Travel Guide by TripAdvisor®
Not so long ago the Akasaka and Roppongi areas were famous for their nightlife, high-class restaurants, bars and clubs. More recently, with the opening of Roppongi Hills, Tokyo Midtown and Akasaka Sacas, the area has declared itself as the most fashionable spot to be seen. The area also hosts the National Art Center and the Mori Art Museum and lots of trendy art galleries. —TripAdvisor
One Day in Tokyo: Travel Guide by Trip Advisor®
Tokyo: Japan’s sprawling capital city, with a reputation for variety that attracts travelers the world over[…] If you’re only visiting for a little while, deciding what to do might seem an impossible task. This guide narrows down what to see by area, and what can be done in a day, taking advantage of the city’s excellent connectivity and public transport to make sure you’re able to appreciate green spaces and famous places along the way. It aims to give you an experience as diverse as Tokyo itself. —TripAdvisor