GoConnect curates content and campaigns for diverse partners and a discerning audience.
For newcomers to Japan as well as long-term residents, new ways to get the most of your time here are something that we’re all looking for.
But with so many sites and publications available, it can be hard to know where to start. That’s where GoConnect comes in.
Since its launch in 2020, the platform has been providing its members with lifestyle content as well as a broad array of special campaigns for a variety of products and services, from cooking schools to luxury hotels. It is strongly connected to the expat community in the Tokyo area, and regularly features services that serve that community, including international schools and healthcare providers. The platform has proved to be a win–win for its users as well as the businesses that are featured on it.
WELLNESS AND LEARNING
One of them is Cryo Tokyo, which offers full-body cryotherapy sessions that are used by top athletes and Hollywood celebrities. Lasting up to three minutes, the treatments feature ultra-low temperatures—between minus 120 and 196 Celsius—that stimulate the body and help to increase recovery. GoConnect members can try whole-body cryo at a significant discount, getting three therapy sessions in one week for the price of two.
Michael Suwa, executive manager of Cryo Tokyo, explains that listing with the platform has helped him reach a wide range of customers: “We happened on GoConnect by chance, but since discovering it, we’ve gained a lot of new clients from overseas as inbound tourism returns. We believe that GoConnect offers a great possibility for expanding your advertising reach. They will create a new wave for your marketing.”
Another featured business is Livitaz Japan, which provides Japanese cooking lessons for private parties or team building activities. Many of the school’s instructors are mothers and they teach class participants how to make sushi rolls in an engaging setting. Livitaz has been offering classes for years, and their custom-arranged activities lower the barrier to creating Japanese cuisine, making for experiences that are relaxing and memorable.
As Toko Ochi, Livitaz’s co-founder, explains, the platform has been a boon for them. “The GoConnect team has been very helpful as we began growing our new business. We appreciate being able to consult with them, and the platform provides easy ways for us to reach one of our target audiences.”
Meanwhile, the Fuji Speedway Hotel gives guests the opportunity to combine upscale hospitality with adrenaline-inspiring racing action, against the backdrop of the iconic Mount Fuji. The Fuji Speedway circuit is just next to the hotel and, during their stays, guests can experience driving on the International Racing Course with their own cars or a rental car. GoConnect members get a special discount when making bookings at the hotel.
Koshiro Masaki, the hotel’s director of marketing and communications, is enthusiastic about the diverse audience to which the platform has access. “We’ve had a great experience working with the team at GoConnect so far and welcome the opportunity to connect with their international audience through our special collaborations.”
The newly opened Hotel Indigo Karuizawa also recently used the platform to let GoConnect readers know about the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors at the villa-inspired retreat in Nagano Prefecture.
With summer just around the corner, the hotel is the ideal place to enjoy a BBQ dining experience featuring local ingredients at the restaurant Kagaribi, or savor cocktails under the stars at the Forest Garden. As a special perk, GoConnect members have direct access to contact Hotel Indigo Karuizawa’s international sales manager, Josh Heinrichs, to arrange a truly unforgettable stay. As Heinrichs explains: “We are excited to welcome back the international community this summer to celebrate a special occasion or gather their corporate teams for an offsite retreat. Feel free to contact me directly regarding our curated neighborhood experiences and bespoke offsite meeting packages. Our team will ensure you leave energized and inspired.”
Hotel Indigo Karuizawa
These are just a few of the businesses you can find on the platform, and it’s growing week by week. As you’ll see, signing up as a member—or listing your own business—couldn’t be easier. Just head to goconnect.jp