Akemi is a recognized strategist who helps Japanese and global clients drive value regionally and internationally. In addition to running operations and driving growth for the Tokyo office, she advises numerous companies in the B2B technology, consumer products, food and healthcare industries. Prior to joining Allison+Partners, Akemi was the co-founder, president and CEO of Focused Communications, with clients in the technology, healthcare, government and consumer goods industries. She was previously director of the communications services department at PRAP Japan Inc., where she led the IT, healthcare and food practice groups. Akemi was also a vice president at IPR-Shandwick (Weber Shandwick Worldwide), leading the agency’s IT team working with leading global technology brands. Akemi is the executive director and committee chairman of the international and networking committee of The Public Relations Society of Japan.
An international financial hub, Tokyo is home to more global Fortune 500 companies than any other city in the world. Our office has more than 15 years of experience helping these companies meet their international communications goals, through a mix of influencer and media relations, corporate communications, crisis management, government relations and integrated marketing strategies. We also serve numerous clients abroad, helping them connect in meaningful ways with Japanese audiences.
Tokyo is a lively city, bustling with residents and tourists constantly on the move. It is easy to get swallowed up by the masses if you aren’t prepared to navigate through the crowds. It’s impossible to see it all with only 24 hours in Japan’s most populous city, but there are several sites and experiences you wouldn’t want to miss.
Start your day early, and head over to the famous Tsukiji Fish Market. There, you will enjoy the best sushi and fresh cut fish the city has to offer while watching wholesalers bid at the famed tuna auctions.
After getting your fish fill, enjoy a morning cup of coffee and some shopping at the Tsutaya Books + Anjin at Daikanyama T-Site. This is the height of rush hour, so you’ll be happy to escape the overcrowded trains and busy commuters for a bit while exploring this massive bookstore. Once you have browsed all of the art books, magazines, antique publications, music and DVD’s, take a stroll through the adjacent T-site for a walk through the Daikayama shopping streets, a hip shopping district that includes both big name stores and lesser-known boutiques offering distinctive Japanese goods.
After shopping, it’s time for a unique dining experience at Ramen Street, an alley of the best ramen destinations located inside the Tokyo station. At each location, you’ll be prompted to place your order at a vending machine in front of the shop where you will receive a receipt for your food. The best spot is Rokurinsha, but with their popularity brings long waiting times, with tourists and residents alike waiting for up to an hour for their famous thick noodles. If you don’t want to brave the long line, choose any of the other shops for their high quality ramen selections.
After your meal, it’s time to explore some historical sites. With so little time, the best museum experience we recommend is the Tokyo National Museum. As the oldest and most expansive museum in Tokyo, this museum offers a range of art and artifacts to admire, including kimonos, paintings, tombs and samurai armor. Finish your museum tour with a cocktail at Gen Yamamoto, the namesake bar of the famed Japanese mixologist.
After a drink, or two, enjoy Tokyo’s most authentic food at Shingo Tkahashi. This hotspot is located by Aoyama Park and hidden behind a sliding bamboo door. From familiar favorites to unusual pairings, this restaurant offers a special dining experience that you will certainly remember, although pictures are prohibited.
Finally, finish off your whirlwind day with a breathtaking view of the city from the Tokyo tower. A remake of the famous Eifel Tower in Paris, this structure surpasses its counterpart and is the tallest steel tower in the world. There are two observation decks that overlook the city, offering the perfect finale to an action packed day.