Japan’s largest hotel to house coronavirus patients

On April 10, hotelier APA Hotels & Resorts announced that the APA Hotel & Resort Yokohama Bay Tower will be leased out to Kanagawa Prefecture provide beds for coronavirus patients with light or no symptoms. The 37-story hotel is located on the Yokohama waterfront. With 2,311 rooms, it is the largest hotel in Japan based on room count.

It opened in September 2019. Existing guests were checked out by April 18. The prefecture will be leasing the entire building from April 20 through to the end of August. 

APA is also leasing the 223-room APA Hotel Saitama Shintoshin Eki-Kita to Saitama Prefecture for mild coronavirus patients from April 15 until the end of August.

On April 7, the Tokyo government began moving mild coronavirus patients into the Toyoko Inn Tokyo Station Shin-Ohashi hotel in Hamacho. The 208-room hotel will eventually accommodate 100 patients. Toyoko Inn will be providing five hotels across the country for patients, including hotels at Kitakyushu, Chubu International, and Narita airports. 

Sources: 
APA Hotels & Resorts, April 10, 2020.
The Nikkei Shimbun, April 10, 2020.

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