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Japan Meeting & Incentive News    -January 2016-

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JNTO will be exhibiting at AIME 2016 in Melbourne (February 23-24)...

Case Study

World Engineering Conference and Convention Held in Kyoto
From November 29 to December 2, 2015, the fifth World Engineering Conference and Convention (WECC2015) ...
Pusan Incentive Seminar
Introducing Special Support Programme for Incentive Travel to Japan...
Aomori City
Aomori City (population approx. 300,000) is situated roughly in the centre of Aomori,...

4 Hours in Saitama

4 Hours in Saitama
Sightseeing in Saitama

JNTO News

JNTO will be exhibiting at AIME 2016 in Melbourne (February 23-24). One of the largest trade fairs in the Asia-Pacific region, AIME is always guaranteed a huge turnout of buyers from the business travel, incentives, meetings and convention industries.

Japan booth

Happy hour at the Japan booth

Asia-Pacific Incentives & Meetings Expo 2016
Session: February 23-24, 2016
Venue: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Japan booth: 2700
URL: http://www.aime.com.au/
Co-exhibitors: 14
Organisation Category
The J Team Co., Ltd. DMC
Kyoto Convention & Visitors Bureau Convention Bureaus
Osaka conventiona & Tourism Bureau Convention Bureaus
Kobe Convention & Visitors Association Convention Bureaus
Tonichi Travel Service Co.,LTD. DMC
DMC Japan by Kintetsu International DMC
InterContinental Tokyo Bay Hotel
JTB Global Marketing & Travel DMC
Okinawa Convention and Visitors Bureau Convention Bureaus
Hankyu Travel International Co., Ltd. DMC
Nippon Travel Agency Co., Ltd. DMC
Swissotel Nankai Osaka Hotel
Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo Hotel
Kumamoto City Tourism & Culture Bureau Local government organisation

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Case Study

World Engineering Conference and Convention Held in Kyoto

From November 29 to December 2, 2015, the fifth World Engineering Conference and Convention (WECC2015) was held in the Kyoto International Conference Centre with about 2,000 people attending, including 500 international participants from 80 countries.

This was the first time for the WECC to be held in Japan. The event was organised by the Science Council of Japan, the Japan Federation of Engineering Societies, the World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO), and the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

The opening ceremony was attended by Crown Prince Naruhito and an array of notables including the Minister of State for Special Missions, the Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, the governor of Kyoto Prefecture, and the mayor of Kyoto City. The keynote speech was given by Professor Hiroshi Amano of Nagoya University, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2014.

In addition to the main conference, exhibitions of technology and public lectures were held throughout the city of Kyoto, sponsored by 98 enterprises and organisations.

Participants were given a glimpse of the rich culture and history of Kyoto through the traditional crafts and food product booths, and events such as the chance to experience a tea ceremony at the conference site.

The Kyoto Convention Bureau also collaborated with sponsors to arrange a final banquet at the Westin Miyako Kyoto Hotel, featuring performances by geisha—another taste of Kyoto culture.

For the fourth year running, the Kyoto Convention Bureau has collaborated with Kyoto City and Kyoto Prefecture to provide convention support, and the influx of 2,000 conference attendees and the numerous side events created quite a stir throughout the city.

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Busan Incentive Seminar
Introducing Special Support Programme for Incentive Travel to Japan

In November 2015, JNTO hosted a seminar in Busan, South Korea, to promote incentive travel to Japan. The seminar targeted local government bodies, convention bureaus, PCOs, hotels, DMCs and tourism-related businesses.

Exhibitors from Japan provided up-to-date information about their support for incentive travel to Japan.
In the latest issue of Japan Meeting & Incentive News, we feature information about Aomori City.

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Aomori City

Aomori City (population approx. 300,000) is situated roughly in the centre of Aomori, the northernmost prefecture on Japan's main island of Honshu. Since the 17th century, Aomori has been the major conduit for trade, transportation and cultural links between the islands of Honshu and Hokkaido. Nestled between the sheltered waters of Mutsu Bay to the north and the towering Hakkoda mountains to the south, the city offers spectacular scenery in every season of the year. The Tohoku Shinkansen, which since 2010 has taken passengers between Tokyo and Aomori in roughly three hours, is to be extended to Hokkaido in March 2016. There are also direct flights to Aomori from Incheon, South Korea.

Aomori's Incentive Tours Support Programme targets groups of more than 100 visitors per day.

Support overview:
  • Welcome signs/boards at rail stations and airport
  • Posters welcoming guests and promoting the event displayed at convention facilities, hotels, stores, restaurants, etc.
  • Transceivers, loudhailers, name holders, etc., loaned free of charge

Aomori Tourism and Convention Association website:
http://www.atca.info/atca_language/index_en.html

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4 Hours in Saitama

Sightseeing in Saitama

Start at

[Omiya Station]

New Shuttle (2 minutes, 190 yen)

[Tetsudo-hakubutsukan Station]

Walk 1 minute

[1. The Railway Museum] (60 minutes, 1,000 yen)

Walk 1 minute

[Tetsudo-hakubutsukan Station]

New Shuttle (2 minutes, 190 yen)

Omiya Station

Tobu Urban Park Line (3 minutes, 150 yen)

Omiya-koen Station

Walk 8 minutes

[2. The Omiya Bonsai Art Museum] (60 minutes, 300 yen)

Walk 2 to 7 minutes (depending on garden chosen)

[3. Bonsai gardens ] (40 minutes, free entry)

Walk 1 to 4 minutes

Omiya-koen Station

Tobu Urban Park Line (16 minutes, 170 yen)

Walk 1 to 4 minutes

Iwatsuki Station

Walk 2 minutes

[4. Togyoku Doll Museum] (30 minutes, 300 yen)

Course (2,300 yen)

Option

[Option A: Saitama Stadium 2002]

(60-minute stadium tour, 600 yen)

[Option B: Togyoku Doll Museum]

(from 30 minutes, 300 yen. Doll-making classes from 540 yen, available May to Nov with reservation. For other times, arrangements must be made in advance.)

[Option C: Unagi Eel in Urawa]

(60 minutes, from 3,000 yen)

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The Railway Museum
Admission: 1,000 yen for adults

The Railway Museum opened in Saitama in 2007 to continue the legacy of the closing railway museum in Kanda, Tokyo. With its many fascinating railway artefacts depicting the vital role of the railways in Japanese history, the museum is especially designed to appeal to children. You can wander among actual engines and carriages set against authentic historical backdrops, see the country's biggest railway diorama, and try your hand at train driving on Japan's first D51 steam locative simulator, as well as on both real and model engines.

English website:
http://www.railway-museum.jp/en/index.html

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Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine

This beautiful shrine, with a history going back over 2,000 years, was for centuries one of the most important and revered in Japan. In fact, the presence of the shrine gave Omiya its name, which literally means “great shrine”. People from all over the Kanto region flock to the shrine during New Year's celebrations to pray for good luck in the coming year. In May it hosts the annual Omiya Takigi Noh Performance. Spectators experience the profound world of traditional Noh theatre outdoors at night amidst the light of bonfires.

Website:
http://musashiichinomiya-hikawa.or.jp/access/index.html
No English website available.

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Omiya Bonsai Village
The Omiya Bonsai Art Museum, Saitama (Admission: 300 yen)
Bonsai gardens (Free)

After the devastation of the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, most of Tokyo's bonsai nurseries relocated here, creating what became the Omiya Bonsai Village. In the world of bonsai, this is a special place, attracting lovers of the art from around the world. There are currently five gardens or nurseries, and all welcome walk-in visitors year round.
The world's first publicly run bonsai museum was opened in Omiya in 2010. Collections include a wide range of paintings, prints and traditional arts depicting bonsai, and there are also exhibitions of bonsai tools, accessories and historical items.

English website:
The Omiya Bonsai Art Museum
http://www.bonsai-art-museum.jp/en/
Bonsai gardens
http://omiyabonsai.jp/gardens

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Option A: Saitama Stadium 2002
60-minute stadium tour, 600 yen

The largest soccer venue in Japan (63,700 seats), the spectacular and technologically advanced Saitama Stadium was completed in July 2001 in time to host four of the 2002 FIFA World Cup games, including one of the semifinals. The stadium tour takes you to places the public normally doesn't get to see, including team locker rooms and the magnificent Troussier staircase from which the players make their entrance to the field.

English website:
http://www.stadium2002.com/en/index.php

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Option B: Togyoku Doll Museum
from 30 minutes, 300 yen. Doll-making classes from 540 yen, available May to Nov with reservation. For other times, arrangements must be made in advance.

Iwatsuki is a famous centre for woodcarving dating back to the 17th century, when the shogun brought craftsmen here from all over the country to build and maintain the Tosho-gu Shrine in nearby Nikko. The unique style of doll-making developed by these craftsmen using the local paulownia wood has won fans among collectors in Japan and around the world. In the doll-making class you'll be shown how to craft various kinds of dolls, from folded paper to turned wood.

English website:
https://www.tougyoku.com/english01.html

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Option C: Unagi Eel in Urawa
60 minutes, from 3,000 yen

During the Edo Period (17th to 19th centuries) Urawa was a post town on the Nakasendo Road between Edo and Kyoto. Surrounded by marshlands, the area was home to especially delicious eel, and travellers on the road who stopped here spread the fame of Urawa unagi throughout the nation. It has a good claim to be the birthplace of the traditional method of cooking eel known as unagi kabayaki. It's a dish you can still enjoy here in the town's many old restaurants.

English website:
http://www.stib.jp/e/tourism/unagieel.html/

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