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Cirque du Soleil Reveals a New World of Beauty in Japan

On October 1, 2008, the internationally acclaimed circus Cirque du Soleil will open a special theatre at Tokyo Disney Resort, that  will allow you to experience Cirque du Soleil's latest world of wonder.

Cirque du Soleil Theatre Tokyo is a purpose-built stage especially for the performance of "ZED," a new, original work for Japan. It has 2,170 seats, and already over 380 shows a year are scheduled. Since Cirque du Soleil is extremely popular all over the world, naturally many people will be curious about their latest piece. "ZED," however, can only be performed at this special stage, so do come to Japan to find out all about it!

The area around Tokyo Disney Resort, where the special theatre is located, features 11 hotels with over 7,800 rooms, including the brand new Tokyo Disneyland Hotel which opened this July as the resort's second official hotel. Each hotel features incentive and meeting packages. The new lodgings and attention-grabbing entertainment facilities make the area increasingly attractive for incentive trips and as an after-convention venue. Rest assured that all participants in incentives and meetings will delight in this part of the program!

More details:
Cirque de Soleil ZED
Tokyo Disney Resort
Chiba Convention Bureau and International Center

Photo: Katsuyoshi Tanaka
Costumes: Rene April

Destination Report: Sendai

Known as the "City of Trees," lushly green Sendai in Miyagi Prefecture is the largest city in the Tohoku area. It is also an academic city with 95 universities and research institutions, including Tohoku University, and as a major center for science, medicine, technology, culture, sports, welfare and other fields, it frequently hosts international conferences with about 300 - 1,000 participants.

Conference and Lodging Facilities to Meet All Needs
Sendai has nine convention centers, including the Sendai International Center, which is fully equipped for international meetings; Yume Messe Miyagi, the largest exhibition center in Tohoku; and the innovatively designed Sendai Mediatheque. This fall, another academic venue will be added at Tohoku University, the Kawauchi Hagi Hall, with a 1,230 seat main hall and several conference rooms.
Sendai also has 156 lodging facilities with over 12,600 rooms. From Japanese-style hot spring inns to international hotel chains, there is something to suit every purpose. A new Westin hotel is scheduled to open in the spring of 2010, expanding the options even further.

Receptions among Treasures of History and Nature
Why not hold a reception in the lobby of the Sendai City Museum? That can be arranged! Your guests can sip drinks while browsing through the magnificent collection of 13,000 important cultural objects donated by the Date family, who ruled over this area from 1601 to 1869. Also popular are cocktail receptions on Mt. Aoba-yama, while enjoying the night view of the town, and party cruises among the islands of Matsushima Bay, one of the three most beautiful sites in Japan. All of these are highly memorable experiences only available in Sendai!

Sendai Excursions - From Technological Inspections to Gastronomic Adventures
Sendai certainly does not lack in exciting options for accompanying person's programs and excursion plans either. How about an inspection tour of one of the largest Shinkansen carriage assembly lines in Japan? Or a visit to the Katsuyama sake brewery, or the plants of Nikka Whisky, Sapporo Beer or Kirin Beer? Or a day trip to famous hot springs like Akiu-onsen or Sakunami-onsen?

Easy Access and Full Support for Conferences
Yet another merit of holding international conferences in Sendai is the versatile support scheme offered by Sendai Tourism & Convention Bureau, which provides a wide range of practical back-up services to all conferences, such as tourist information booths with foreign language volunteers and free distribution of brochures and pamphlets.
Sendai is easily reached in about 100 minutes from Tokyo with the Tohoku Shinkansen (bullet train). From Sendai Airport, it takes only about 25 minutes to get into town by train.

More details:
Sendai Tourism & Convention Bureau

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Fall Events

The 24th Japan International Machine Tool Fair (JIMTOF2008)
The 24th Japan International Machine Tool Fair will be held October 30 - November 4 at Tokyo Big Sight. JIMTOF is one of the three great fairs in the world for machine tools and related equipment for all branches of manufacturing and industry. Users and buyers from the whole world eagerly look forward to this opportunity to see and try out the very latest technology.

Yokoso! Japan Travel Mart 2008 Autumn
Yokoso! Japan Travel Mart 2008 Autumn will be held October 23 - 24 at Pacifico Yokohama. This is a large-scale trade fair for overseas tour operators, incentive planners and media to meet with Japanese travel suppliers (hotels, transportation companies, etc.) to exchange information and perform business negotiations. Around 300 trade buyers will be invited to the trade mart, which is a part of the "Visit Japan Campaign." Thanks to the Campaign, inbound tourism is doing increasingly well, and further growth is highly anticipated.

Hilton Hotels & Resorts to operate over 50 hotels in Japan by 2017!

Hilton Hotels & Resorts, the world's largest hotel chain, has announced that it will be running over 50 hotels under its 9 brand names in Japan by 2017. Partly as a result of the "Visit Japan Campaign," the number of tourists bound for Japan is expected to increase steadily, and the hotel chain has developed a new strategy to approach all segments, from general travelers to the very wealthy.

Hilton is currently operating in Japan under the two brand names of Conrad and Hilton. Its latest property, Hilton Niseko Village, opened its doors on July 1 in the Hokkaido resort town of Niseko, famous for its powder snow.
Soon all the popular Hilton brands will be waiting for you in Japan too.

Official Site:
Hilton Hotels

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