Aya Aso

Aya Aso is the Founder & CEO of AGORA Hospitalities Co., Ltd. She founded AGORA in 2007 with a strong vision to establish “A Collection of Beautiful Japan”, a collection of boutique hotels and Japanese traditional ryokans throughout Japan. She has been actively expanding it’s portfolio comprises of 12 boutique hotels and traditional Japanese ryokans.

Aya has a well-established career in the hospitality industry with prior experience at ISHIN HOTELS GROUP, as Senior Vice President of Business Development. Her career began at the Sheraton Grande Los Angeles, from which she moved to the Sheraton Grande Tokyo Bay Hotel as Marketing Manager. Returning to her roots, she later joined Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Japan Group, and then PricewaterhouseCoopers BPO Japan K.K. as financial accountant, after which she took on the role of Executive Director of Operations at Space Design Inc. to develop and operate 14 serviced apartments in Tokyo.

Aya graduated from the University of Southern California (USA) with a Bachelor of Music from Thornton School of Music, Piano Performance. She is also a Certified Public Accounting (CPA) and holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from University of Wales (UK).

  • President & CEO, AGORA Hospitalities Co. Ltd

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