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A year out, top Tokyo hotels hang no vacancy signs for Olympics

Capital and nearby cities scramble to host 10 million visitors amid 14,000-room shortfall

Renovations at Hotel Okura Tokyo will be completed before the Olympics, but rooms there will not be offered to the general public. (Photo by Arisa Moriyama)

TOKYO -- Some of the capital's most iconic hotels have already stopped taking room reservations during next summer's Olympic Games as the city stares down a 14,000-room shortfall for an expected 10 million visitors when the festivities get underway.

The luxury Hotel Okura Tokyo, which will reopen next month after 110 billion yen ($1 billion) in renovations, has cut off bookings to the general public during the Olympics so it can to offer rooms to International Olympic Committee members and staff.

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