Tokyo’s Odaiba most popular location for casino resort

JIJI

Tokyo’s Odaiba waterfront district is the most popular location in Japan for a proposed integrated resort, including a casino, hotel and convention center, according to a survey released Monday.

As many as 25.9 percent of the respondents picked Odaiba as the most attractive location for a casino resort, followed by 14.2 percent for Okinawa Prefecture, 13.2 percent for Osaka and 10.5 percent for Yokohama, according to the survey by major ad agency Hakuhodo Inc.

The survey was conducted online in March on 4,700 people across Japan.

Hakuhodo expects that a resort casino in Odaiba would attract 24 million visitors per year from within Japan. Excluding shopping, Odaiba facilities would generate annual sales of up to ¥2.9 trillion, according to the unit of Hakuhodo DY Holdings Inc.

An Okinawa integrated resort is seen attracting around 14 million visitors domestically and generating sales of ¥1.3 trillion, compared with 13 million visitors and ¥1.9 trillion for Osaka.