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JCB and JNTO Jakarta Office hold Japan Incentive Travel Seminar 2014 in Jakarta
On 25 June 2014, the Japan Convention Bureau and JNTO Jakarta Office (which officially opened on March 20, 2014) held the Japan Incentive Travel Seminar 2014 at the Sari Pan Pacific Hotel in Jakarta...

What's up in Japan

Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills Officially Opens Its Doors
Andaz Tokyo, Tokyo's newest lifestyle boutique hotel and the 12th hotel of the Andaz brand by Hyatt,...
Business Aviation Terminal — Premier Gate — at Narita Airport
The Business Aviation Terminal — Premier Gate — is a special terminal at Narita Airport for the use of private jet passengers and crew...

Introducing Facilities of JNTO Associates

PACIFICO Yokohama: A world-class convention complex
PACIFICO Yokohama is one of the world's largest integrated convention facilities, offering the complete range of functions needed for MICE engagements...
The PACIFICO Yokohama Convention Subsidies
PACIFICO Yokohama offers a convention subsidy program for organisers of international meetings...

4 Hours in Takayama

Sightseeing in Takayama: Experience the history, customs, and culture of the Hida-Takayama region
The Takayama Jinya-mae Morning Market is held 365 days a year in front of the samurai manor,...

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JCB and JNTO Jakarta Office hold Japan Incentive Travel Seminar 2014 in Jakarta

On 25 June 2014, the Japan Convention Bureau and JNTO Jakarta Office (which officially opened on March 20, 2014) held the Japan Incentive Travel Seminar 2014 at the Sari Pan Pacific Hotel in Jakarta.

JCB, Chiba Convention Bureau and International Center, Kobe Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau all made presentations at the seminar and held business talks with seminar attendees, who numbered 73 (representing 41 companies). Attendees showed a high degree of interest in Japan tourism. There is a surge of interest in travel to Japan with the announcement that Indonesians are eligible to travel to Japan visa-free under the Japanese government's Action Program, and the growth of the Indonesian economy. (Exact procedures for visa-less entry have not yet been settled, and an announcement from the consulate is currently awaited).

Attendees brought various issues to the attention of JCB, including that, despite increases in direct flights to Japan and SE Asian LCCs, there are still problems with hotel reservations in the Tokyo Metropolitan area, availability of tour buses, and accommodation of Muslim travellers.

Ramadan began on 28 June in Indonesia, and the end of the fasting season in late July marks the start of the Lebaran holiday travel season.

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What's up in Japan

Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills Officially Opens Its Doors

Andaz Tokyo, Tokyo's newest lifestyle boutique hotel and the 12th hotel of the Andaz brand by Hyatt, has just opened in Toranomon - a key business and embassy district located between the Imperial Palace and Tokyo Tower.

Andaz, which means "personal style" in Hindi, represents a new philosophy of service in a sophisticated yet simple style. Andaz Tokyo occupies floors 47 to 52 of the 52-story Toranomon Hills tower, a leading-edge multi-use building catering to elite business and lifestyle requirements. Located between Tokyo Tower and the Imperial Palace, the hotel offers easy access to key Tokyo locations, including the upscale Ginza shopping district, the city's central financial area and many cultural attractions. In the Andaz house style, Andaz Tokyo draws on the city's rich history and culture to create an inspiring experience for visitors, helping guests to appreciate their surroundings more intimately and leave feeling like a local.

Designed by renowned interior designers Tony Chi of New York and Tokyo-based Shinichiro Ogata, Andaz Tokyo reflects the Japanese cultural emphasis on beauty and purity of form by employing natural materials such as washi paper and walnut throughout each space. The new hotel offers 164 rooms, of which eight are speciality suites. Wi-Fi, local calls, snacks, and non-alcoholic beverages are complimentary for all guests. On the 52nd floor, Andaz provides a new addition to Tokyo's entertainment scene, with breathtaking views from a rooftop bar and the city's highest stand-alone wedding chapel. Next to Andaz Lounge on the 51st floor is the main dining venue, Andaz Tavern. The menu is a refined approach to European provincial cuisine, featuring the finest fresh Japanese produce. Andaz Tokyo guests also enjoy access to the AO Spa & Club on the 37th floor with a unique 20-metre pool overlooking the Imperial Palace.

Andaz Tokyo has 770 square metres of socializing spaces, where fluid layouts and functional design create distinctive environments that dissolve barriers, encouraging interaction and conversation. The six Andaz Studios on the 51st floor are tailored for smaller customized events or business meetings. They include the Chef's Studio, a flexible event space featuring a show kitchen that is ideal for intimate social or family gatherings, as well as the Tokyo Studio, which offers expansive views of the city in two directions. The Rooftop Studio on the 52nd floor features a theatrically designed show kitchen and open-air terrace, an exciting new venue for alfresco dining and entertainment.

For further information about Andaz Tokyo, please visit:
http://andaztokyo.com

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Business Aviation Terminal — Premier Gate — at Narita Airport

The Business Aviation Terminal - Premier Gate - is a special terminal at Narita Airport for the use of private jet passengers and crew. It has been operating since March 31, 2012, providing a dedicated corporate and private jet terminal with its own CIQ (Customs, Immigration and Quarantine) facilities.

The terminal has been used by VIPs from the US, Asia, Europe and many other parts of the globe. Premier Gate's popularity derives from its shorter processing times, smooth departure/arrival formalities and luxurious comfort.
International business travellers require flight flexibility, and Premier Gate was designed to ensure this.

For further information about Business Aviation Terminal – Premier Gate, please visit:
http://www.naa.jp/en/b2b/fap/business/bus.html

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Introducing Facilities of JNTO Associates

PACIFICO Yokohama: A world-class convention complex

PACIFICO Yokohama is one of the world's largest integrated convention facilities, offering the complete range of functions needed for MICE engagements. The striking architecture, inspired by motifs of waves, wind and light, is a new landmark and symbol of the city of Yokohama, with its rich history as a gateway between Japan and the world. It includes the National Convention Hall seating 5,000, the Conference Center with 50 meeting rooms of various sizes, the 20,000 square metre (approx. 215,000 square feet) Exhibition Hall, a 600 room hotel and much more. Some of the largest and highest quality facilities of their kind, combined in a single complex offering unlimited convention possibilities.

National Convention Hall (maximum capacity 5,002 seats)

Modeled architecturally on the shape of a shell, the National Convention Hall is the centrepiece of PACIFICO Yokohama. Inside, the flexible design of the stage, together with excellent audiovisual, lighting, and simultaneous interpreting facilities, ensure any event held here will be a memorable occasion.

Conference Center (50 rooms of various sizes)

With approximately fifty rooms available in a variety of sizes and styles, the Conference Center can simultaneously accommodate 6 symposiums of 300 to 1,000 seats with simultaneous interpreting systems, and 32 sessions of 50 to 140 seats, all in one building. Room layouts can be rearranged on the day to fit program requirements.

Exhibition Hall A-D (20,000 square metres of column-free space)

The Exhibition Hall includes 20,000 square metres of column-free space with 13 to 19 metre-high ceilings. An integrated in-floor network supplies utilities including electricity, water, telephone, gas, and compressed air.

InterContinental Yokohama Grand (Accommodation, Reception/Banquet)

InterContinental Yokohama Grand is able to host a wide variety of banquets, meetings and parties with a five-star quality catering service. With approximately 600 guest rooms and a selection of restaurants serving international cuisine, this hotel makes the perfect partner for any convention at PACIFICO Yokohama.

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The PACIFICO Yokohama Convention Subsidies

PACIFICO Yokohama offers a convention subsidy program for organisers of international meetings. The amount of the subsidy depends on the scale of the event, and on whether certain criteria are met. All enquiries are welcome.

Convention Case Study

16th International Congress of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists in Collaboration with the 48th Japanese Occupational Therapy Congress and Expo (WFOT2014)

Dates: Wed, June 18, 2014 - Sat, Jun 21, 2014
Venue: PACIFICO Yokohama (National Convention Hall, Conference Center, Exhibition Hall)
Attendees: Approx. 5,500 (including approx. 1,600 international attendees from 66 countries)

This is the first time this event has been held in Asia. All sessions were offered with Japanese and English simultaneous interpretation.

Website: http://www.wfot.org/wfot2014/eng/index.html

【Example of venue usage】
Session Rooms: Simultaneously accommodated 17 sessions in meeting rooms and halls of various sizes
- Session Room 1: National Convention Hall 1F (3,200 seats)
- Session Room 2: Main Hall (1,000 seats)
- Session Rooms 3-9: Conference Center Meeting Room (approx. 300-400 seats) x 7 rooms
- Session Rooms 10-17: Conference Center Meeting Room (approx. 150 seats) x 8 rooms
Other Functions
- Exhibition, Poster & Coffee Break: Exhibition Hall B (6,700 square metres = approx. 72,000 square feet)
- Registration and Cloakroom: Conference Center 1F & 2F Foyer
Events and Accommodation
- Opening ceremony: National Convention Hall 1F (3,200 seats)
- Welcome reception: Exhibition Hall B (1,500 people)
Catering service provided by InterContinental Yokohama Grand
- Headquarters hotel: InterContinental Yokohama Grand
- Other hotels: 14 hotels (total 3,400 rooms) within 15 min. walking distance from PACIFICO Yokohama
- Congress Party: <Unique Venue> Osanbashi Hall, located at Osanbashi Yokohama Passenger Terminal, close to PACIFICO Yokohama. Shuttle Bus services provided by the event organizer.

(Osanbashi Yokohama Passenger Terminal)

For further information about PACIFICO Yokohama,
please visit: http://www.pacifico.co.jp/english/index.html

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4 Hours in Takayama

Sightseeing in Takayama: Experience the history, customs, and culture of the Hida-Takayama region
Option A: Takayama Samurai Manor House
Takayama Jinya-mae Morning Market: 30 minutes (Free)

The Takayama Jinya-mae Morning Market is held 365 days a year in front of the samurai manor, with vendors selling freshly harvested seasonal produce. During the winter, you can also buy mochi rice cakes and New Year decorations.

English website: http://www.jinya-asaichi.jp/english/index.html

Takayama Manor House: 50 minutes (430 yen)

Originally the estate of the Kanamori clan who ruled Takayama Castle, the Manor housed officials sent from Edo (Tokyo) to administer the Hida region after the area came under direct rule of the Shogun. Built in 1816, it is the only one of the 64 Shogunal administration buildings that remains. The storehouse for rice collected as taxes dates to the 1600's and is now used to exhibit historical artefacts.

English website: http://www.pref.gifu.lg.jp/English/tourism/takayama/

Nakabashi Bridge

This picturesque red bridge connects the historic old town of Takayama with the Jinya manor house. It makes an especially striking view in the snow and during cherry blossom season. Four times a year, once in each season, the bridge is illuminated.

Walk 5 minutes

Cross Nakabashi Bridge to Takayama old town.

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Option B: Museums
Takayama Museum of History and Art: 80 minutes (Free admission)

Exhibits cover the establishment of the castle town and its merchant quarter, and the city's heritage down to the present day. The themes of the 14 exhibition rooms include festivals, architecture, the town's literary and artistic heritage, and Enku Buddhist woodcarvings.

English website: http://www.city.takayama.lg.jp/bunkazai/machihaku/documents/english.pdf

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Option C: Hida Folk Village
Start at

Takayama Station

Board Sarubobo Bus (200 yen)
(Hida Takayama Town Bus: http://www.hida.jp/traffic/bus_route.pdf)

Ride 10 minutes

[Hida Folk Village]: 45 minutes (700 yen)

Board Sarubobo Bus (200 yen)

Ride 15 minutes

Get off at Takayama Station

Board Machinami Bus (100 yen)

Ride 10 minutes

Get off at Takayama Jinya-mae

Hida Folk Village: 45 minutes (700 yen)

The Folk Village brings together 30 historic buildings typical of the Hida region, featuring the distinctive steep-roofed gassho-zukuri architecture and traditional thatched roofs, designed to withstand heavy snow. A stroll through the village gives an insight into what rural life was like here generations ago. The houses contain examples of typical farm implements and household utensils from the old days. Demonstrations and hands-on lessons of traditional crafts such as straw work, quilting and weaving are held year-round.

English website: http://www.hidanosato-tpo.jp/english12.htm

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The following is included in all options (A, B & C)

[Stroll around Old Town (Sanmachi Historic Preservation District)]: 70 minutes

[Lunch]: 35 minutes

↓ Walk 10 minutes

[Kusakabe Mingeikan (Kusakabe Folk Museum)]: 40 minutes (500 yen)

Stroll around Old Town (Sanmachi Historic Preservation District): 70 minutes

The Kanamori clan, which originally ruled Takayama, built housing for samurai on higher ground around the castle. The merchant quarter is at a slightly lower elevation.
The district retains its historic appearance and charm, water channels flowing in front of quaint buildings with latticed windows and projecting eaves. Here and there you see the hanging pine needle balls that traditionally mark sake makers.

Lunch: 35 minutes

Hida Chuka Soba Noodles: 600 yen
Unique style of hearty ramen with local ingredients
Hobamiso Lunch Set: 1,800 yen
Local beef grilled over magnolia leaves with miso and negi
Mountain vegetable lunch set: 1,800 yen
Lunch set featuring mountain vegetables and other local delicacies

English website: http://www.hida.jp/english/cuisine.htm

Kusakabe Mingeikan (Kusakabe Folk Museum): 40 minutes (500 yen)

This historic townhouse is registered, along with the adjoining Yoshijima House, as an Important Cultural Property. It is a fine example of the rustic beauty of traditional Japanese folk architecture, its imposing post-and-beam interior creating an evocative atmosphere in which to learn about daily life and culture in old Takayama.

English website: http://www.hida.jp/english/activities/sightseeing-information/kusakabe-folk-museum

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Bonus destination (if time available)
Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall: 30 minutes (820 yen)

Eleven festival floats are paraded each fall in the Takayama Matsuri (acclaimed as one of Japan's most gorgeous festivals). Four of these are displayed here on a rotating basis throughout the year.

English website: http://www.hidahachimangu.jp/english/index.html

For further information about Takayama, please visit: http://www.hida.jp/english/
Takayama city area map: http://www.hida.jp/english/admin/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/dl_city.pdf

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