VME Retail Safari and the Beauty of Japan
teamtravel international GmbH (Germany)
An incentive tour planned to reward and provide training opportunities for the top performing salespersons at a furniture company in Germany. Throughout the 10 day trip, the 18 participants visited diverse locations such as Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto and Okinawa. The itinerary skillfully combined training sessions and leisure, along with an abundance of surprise tailored content presented throughout the course. The following experiences were particularly recognized by the judges.
Tour of Ginza, Imperial Palace, Tokyo Tower, Scramble crossing and Nombei Yokocho
Welcome dinner at famous restaurant Gonpachi. Tour of local nightlife.
Retail tour inspection to learn about hospitality and product display from famous brand stores in Harajuku (Takeshita-dori) and Omote Sando Hills. Sumo tournament visit, chanko nabe dinner at Sumo restaurant. Japanese whiskey tasting tour.
Tsukiji Outer Market visit with sushi-making workshop, retail tour of famous brand showroom. Experience pop side of Japan at the Digital art museum in Odaiba and then a karaoke session.
Sightseeing in Hakone, cruise of Lake Ashi. Ryokan stay with onsen.
Restaurant bus tour, sightseeing of Sanjusangendo Hall. Gion district and maiko meet-and-greet.
Golden Pavilion visit, with tea ceremony experience. Rickshaw tour of Arashiyama.
Walk through a bamboo forest and visit Tenryuji Temple.
Sightseeing at Shurijo Castle. Dinner at a brewery with local cuisine. Stay at a newly-opened beach resort.
Beach day on a private island. Water activities and leisure on the leisure, with an exclusive BBQ for dinner.
|Day 10||Departure from Japan.|
On the rickshaw tour at Arashiyama, Kyoto
*The reproduction and/or distribution of pictures in this document is not allowed
2019 Incentive Trip to Okinawa, Japan
H.I.S International Travel Pte Ltd.（Singapore）
An incentive tour aimed at rewarding and fostering camaraderie among top salespersons from a company across their offices in Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Shanghai. The 4-day program had 121 participants, and was highly praised for delivering the opportunity to immerse in Okinawan culture through performances, team-building activities and making use of a unique venue.
Participants from Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Shanghai gather for the welcome dinner.
15 teams competed in 8 races of a team-bonding Hare (dragon boat) race tournament.
Later, participants enjoyed Shisa and Eisa drum performances, and could join the dance. A Gala dinner was held at the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium.
Leisure time at hotel and shopping.
|Day 4||Departure from Japan.|
The Best Creative Awardee hosted a gala dinner at one of Okinawa’s most unique venues.
*The photo above is for reference purposes, provided by the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium. Aquarium usage regulations have been altered from the time of the event due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
*The reproduction and/or distribution of pictures in this document is not allowed
Japan Incentive Tour
JTB Germany GmbH (Germany)
An incentive to reward the top performers of a Japanese-brand tool manufacturer in Hungary. The 50 participants travelled for 8 days through the major cities of Tokyo, Nagoya, Kyoto and Hiroshima, as well as some lesser-known attractive destinations. The tour catered to the participants’ deep interest in food, and provided activities to experience both traditional and modern Japanese culture.
The following highlights were praised by the jury.
Guided tour of Tokyo Sky Tree, Sensoji temple in Asakusa and Akihabara.
Visit Fuji Sengen Shrine and the Oshino Hakkai village and ponds. Enjoy a traditional ryokan at Fujiyama onsen, delight in a Japanese-style banquet wearing a yukata.
Technical visit to the company main factory. Gala dinner.
Visit the outsides of Toyota city for viewing the Shikizakura cherry blossoms that flourish in Autumn
Sightseeing in Miyajima and visit to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.
Experiencing okonomiyaki making.
Sightseeing at Kinkakuji Temple and Arashiyama. Tea ceremony experience wearing a kimono. Greeting a maiko apprentice.
|Day 8||Departure from Japan.|
As an outstanding example of an incentive tour held concurrently with a major sporting event, the following entry has been selected for a Special Recognition Award.
Hynds VIP Rugby World Cup 2019 Tour
Fortis Events (New Zealand)
An incentive tour to reward business partners in a VIP manner. The tour consisted of 86 participants from New Zealand, who visited Tokyo, Kyoto, Nagasaki, Osaka and Himeji along the span of 13 days. The tour succeeded in bringing together the major event of RWC with a taste of Japan, providing highly memorable and authentic contents such as a welcome dinner party on a yakatabune cruise of Tokyo Bay, and specially designed gifts. Most participants in this incentive tour discovered Japan for the first time, and among their comments was that they hope to return with their families in the future.
HONDA Swiss Dealer Contest - Back to the Origins
(11 days, 59 people)
JTB Europe Ltd., Corporate Events and Travel (France)
A tour planned to reward the best performing employees. Under the concept “Back to the Origins”, the 59 participants visited Kyoto, Kumamoto, Tokyo and Kinugawa over 11 days and 9 nights. Highlights of the program include technical visits, sampling the nightlife, cultural experiences and gourmet specialties, sewn together by excellent planning. This travel itinerary showcases the diverse options that Japan has to offer as a destination.
|Day 1||Travel from Geneva to Kyoto|
|Day 2||Nijo Castle in Kyoto|
|Day 3||Tea ceremony, Nishiki market, Taiko drums experience in Kyoto|
|Day 4||Sake Brewery visit, Cycling tour, Maiko and Geiko show in Kyoto|
|Day 5||Explore Osaka. Travel to Kumamoto|
|Day 6||Technical visit of Honda factory Kumamoto and research center. Travel from Kumamoto to Tokyo|
|Day 7||Asakusa, Tokyo Sky Tree, Akihabara, Gompachi Nishiazabu and dinner in Robot restaurant with show, in Tokyo|
|Day 8||Travel to Twin Ring Motegi, visit Honda Collection hall, and enjoy Moto GP. Stay at traditional Ryokan with hot-springs in Kinugawa. Japanese Style Enkai dinner wearing Yukata|
|Day 9||Travel to Tokyo, visit Honda Headquartes. Cocktail party and Gala dinner, after party with live band for Karaoke.|
|Day 10||Leisure time in Tokyo|
|Day 11||Travel from Tokyo to Geneva|
Consulting company from Guangzhou (6 days, 25 people)
CHINA INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL SERVICE GUANGDONG CO.,LTD
A study tour for employees at a consulting company. The 25 participants visited Tokyo, Hakone, Yaizu, Nagoya, Kyoto and Osaka during 6 days and 5 nights To find clues on how to withstand the passage of time, the travel included visits to centenarian companies in different fields (such as Seiko, Asahi Beer, Panasonic). It was also arranged for a specialist to give a lecture on emerging Japanese franchises’ corporate philosophies, followed by a field-trip. To top it off, the itinerary also included time for sightseeing. This trip highlighted the assets of different Japanese industries, and with the concept of “centenarian companies” created a learning journey that could not have taken place elsewhere.
|Day 1||Travel from Guangzhou to Tokyo|
|Day 2||Visit retail companies in Tokyo. Attend a lecture by a specialist|
|Day 3||Visit The Seiko Museum in Tokyo, do sightseeing in Asakusa. Travel to hotspring hotel in Yaizu.|
|Day 4||Travel to Nagoya, visit Asahi Beer Nagoya factory. Travel to Kyoto, visit Matsushita Memorial Library (Panasonic).|
|Day 5||Visit Kyocera, do sightseeing in Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto, and in Osaka Castle and Shinsaibashi in Osaka.|
|Day 6||Travel from Osaka to Guanghzou|
Good Time In Akita（6 days, 27 people）
Japan View (Thailand) Co., Ltd.
A study tour for a public organization. The 27 participants spent 6 days and 4 nights in Akita and Tokyo. The itinerary incorporates regional content such as exchange with local residents and study of agricultural practices in Akita through farm stays. The destination chosen was unknown by participants before their travel, however the exchange with the local community fostered bonds of friendship, and participants expressed willingness to travel to this area again in the future. This itinerary is a good example that will be helpful for other local cities and regions throughout Japan.
|Day 1||Departure from Bangkok|
|Day 2||Arrive in Tokyo, travel to Akita. Visit Inaniwa Udon Noodles factory and participate in udon-making workshop. Oyasukyo sightseeing|
|Day 3||Technical visit to the Agricultural Cooperative Tanekko, tour of Kakunodate and check-in at farm stay in Akita|
|Day 4||Kimono wearing experience at the farm stay, technical visit to the TDK Museum in Akita.|
|Day 5||Travel from Akita to Tokyo. Visit Kawagoe and go sightseeing in Tokyo.|
|Day 6||Travel from Tokyo to Bangkok|
For contributing to areas still recovering from the damage of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, by visiting Fukushima:
For contributing to the region of Hokkaido by not cancelling their incentive trips after the 2018 Hokkaido East Iburi Earthquake:
* In general, travel for the purposes of improving motivation and sales through incentives, recognition and training for company employees or high achievers in their agencies.
* One room night is calculated as one person staying one night (20 persons x 5 nights = 100 room nights)
Dancing Snow in Tohoku and Hakodate
(5 days, 495 people)
Comfort Travel Service Co., Ltd.(Colatour)(Taiwan)
This tour is aimed at high sales achievers in an automaking company. The tour traverses over the Tohoku and Hakodate regions in winter with a unique program that starts in Sendai and proceeds via Zao and Aomori until entry into Hakodate by bullet train. The itinerary combines the Tohoku and Hokkaido regions, enabling the full enjoyment of the charms of winter such as Tsugaru Railway Stove Trains, snowy landscapes, and inns providing every conceivable luxury where guests can enjoy the traditional culture of Aomori, and is of great economic benefit to the region. The program enables participants to enjoy the virtues of Tohoku and Hokkaido to their heart's content. It gives recognition to their achievements made throughout the year and is also projected to improve motivation. The particularly enticing contents of this tour provides incentive to employees and is expected to be linked to increased productivity in the following fiscal year.
|Day 1||Travel from Taoyuan International Airport to Sendai International Airport and Mitsui Outlet Park Sendai Port. Arrive in Sendai.|
|Day 2||Stay at Hotel Metropolitan Sendai. Visit Yamagata Zao Ropeway, Chusonji Temple (Konjikido Golden Hall) and Oshuku Hot Spring.|
|Day 3||Stay at Hotel Mori no Kaze Oshuku. Visit Hachimantai (play in snow) and Towada Art Center. Stay at Hoshino Resorts Aomoriya.|
|Day 4||Visit Oirase Gorge and Tachineputa Museum and experience Tsugaru Railway Stove Trains and JR Shinkansen (from Aomori to Hakodate). See Hakodate night view and ride Mount Hakodate Ropeway. Stay in Hakodate.|
|Day 5||Hakodate. Visit Goryokaku castle ruins (Goryokaku Tower), Hakodate Asaichi (morning market), and Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse district. Travel from Hakodate Airport to Taoyuan International Airport.|
Tungaloy India Pvt. Ltd.
(8 days, 53 people)
Kulin Kumar Holidays Pvt. Ltd. (India)
This tour is for the employees of a metal parts manufacturer. It includes an educational tour to study the role of the company's products in Panasonic Living Showroom centered on a visit to the headquarters in Iwaki City. The inspiration obtained by visiting Japanese tourist spots that are new to the Indian market and rich in history and natural beauty like Kamakura, Ashikaga, Karuizawa, and the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route is expected to create new business. This is a novel program from India, where great demand is projected to increase in the Japan incentive market in the future.
|Day 1||Depart Mumbai.|
|Day 2||Arrive in Tokyo. Take a city tour and visit Panasonic Living Showroom and Tokyo Skytree.|
|Day 3||Travel from Tokyo to Mount Fuji. Back to Tokyo.|
|Day 4||Travel from Tokyo to Iwaki City and take a Tangaloy plant tour. Stay in Iwaki City.|
|Day 5||Travel from Iwaki City and attend a seminar at Tungaloy Headquarters and a gala dinner.|
|Day 6||Travel from Iwaki City, visit Ashikaga Flower Park, and travel to Karuizawa Marriott Hotel.|
|Day 7||Visit Karuizawa, Ogizawa. Sight see in Tateyama (Alpine Route), travel to Toyama (by air). Back to Tokyo.|
|Day 8||Travel from Tokyo to Mumbai.|
TOP ACHIEVERS OKINAWA TOUR 2017
(10 days, 67 people)
JTB Australia Pty Ltd (Australia)
This tour aimed at high achievers and their families in an automaking company. It is a 5-night stay at a high-class resort in Okinawa. On top of including time at beach resorts, the tour deepens understanding of local history and culture through visits to places such as the Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters and Shuri Castle. It also includes a party held at a unique venue in Tokyo and a barbecue dinner on the beach in Okinawa, enabling enjoyment of the charms of both regions. The program has been designed to appeal to both adults and children, and is of great economic benefit to the region. This is a good example of the kind of “city + resort” incentive travel that can entice people to Japan in the future.
|Day 1||Travel from Brisbane/Melbourne to Tokyo.|
|Day 2||Travel from Sydney/Adelaide/Perth to Tokyo.|
|Day 3||Free time. Welcome Dinner.|
|Day 4||Arrive in Okinawa (stay at the Busena Terrace).|
|Day 5||Visit Churaumi Aquarium and Cape Manzamo. Seafood BBQ dinner.|
|Day 6||Optional tour to Tsuken Island.|
|Day 7||Free time (leisure time). Farewell dinner at Bankoku Shinryokan.|
|Day 8||Free time (leisure time). Optional tour.|
|Day 9||Travel from Okinawa to Tokyo to Australia.|
|Day 10||Arrive in Australia.|
LEXUS China 匠心之旅 Series
(4 series, Total: 86 pax/ 5～8days)
JTB New Century International Tours Co., LTD (China)
This artisan culture themed incentive introduced Lexus dealers to Japan’s manufacturing industry and traditional crafts. In addition to cultural experiences, the program also contributed to the promotion of local industry. The itinerary perfectly illustrates Japan’s MICE Vision: “Japan’s Imagination and Intelligence Propel Business into the future.”
|Day 1||Fukuoka Airport～Hakata Ningyo dolls～Meeting|
|Day 2||Lexus Kyushu Miyata Plant～Kanmon Straits|
|Day 3||Bizenyaki Ichiyogama kiln～Bizen Osafune Japanese Sword～Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter～Ohara Museum of Art|
|Day 4||Korakuen～Free time at Mitsui Outlet Park|
|Day 5||Return home|
|Day 1||Fukuoka Airport～HAKATA Ningyo|
|Day 2||Hakozaki Shrine～Lexus Kyushu Miyata Plant～Fukuoka Airport～Sendai Airport|
|Day 3||Chūson-ji Temple～OIGEN (cast iron)～Tokyo Station|
|Day 4||Kataoka Byobu～INTERSECT BY LEXUS～Omotesando|
|Day 5||Return home|
|Day 1||CS improvement information session|
|Day 2||Beijing～Osaka～Shitennoji Temple|
|Day 3||Genbudo Museum|
|Day 4||Kyoto lacquerware shop～Nagoya|
|Day 5||Toyoda Sakichi Museum～Toyota Kuragaike Commemorative Hall～Fukuoka|
|Day 6||Hakozaki Shrine～Free time at Tosu Premium Outlets|
|Day 7||HAKATA Ningyo|
|Day 8||CS improvement information session|
|Day 1||To Fukuoka|
|Day 2||Hakata Ningyo dolls～Lexus Kyushu Miyata Plant～Kyoto|
|Day 3||Kawashima Selkon Textiles～Manpukuji Temple (Fucha Ryori cuisine)～Kyoto lacquerware shop|
|Day 4||Shitennoji Temple～Free time at Rinku Premium Outlets|
Global Leading Luxury Skincare Brand
-Global Conference 2017-
(4 days/ 360 pax)
EVO COMMUNICATIONS (Singapore)
This incentive program creatively connected a traditional “koji making” experience and team building program with the roots of the client company products. The attention to detail was ubiquitous throughout all aspects of the program, which also included awards and training sessions, and the atmosphere of hospitality was palpable.
The contemporary use of social media to share information made this program an influencer, promoting Japan as an incentive destination.
|Day 3||Free time|
FAN CHIA TRAVEL SERVICE (Taiwan)
This 5 day incentive program took place exclusively in Shizuoka Prefecture. The program successfully delivered high level service, cultural experiences and party surprises expected of an incentive. The organizer also utilized the support programs offered by the Shizuoka government to the fullest and the coordination between the planners and the local suppliers had a huge impact on the local economy and increased its appeal for inbound visitors.
|Day 1||Taoyuan Airport～Mt. Fuji Shizuoka Airport～Tsumagoi Resort|
|Day 2||Kakegawa Kachouen～S-Plurse Dream Plaza～Chibi Maruko-chan Land～S-Plurse Dream Ferry～Koibito Misaki～Nishiizu Crystal View Hotel|
|Day 3||Nishiizu Hotspring～Shuzenji～Joren Falls～Fujisan Hougu Sengentaisha～Wakutama-ike～Fuji Takasago Sake Brewery～Nippon daira Hotel|
|Day 4||Sumpu Castle Park～Oigawa Railway～Horai Bridge～Sato of Gyokuro Green Tea|
|Day 5||Kuno-zan Tosyogu Shirne～Nicoe～LaLaport Iwata～Departure|
幸福生根 北國續語 104 年度高極峰會議 (“The Root of Happiness – Story of the North Country: 2015 Summit”)
Lion Travel Co., Ltd. (Taiwan)
A large-scale incentive travel program from a life insurance company. A total of 6,500 participants traveled across all of Hokkaido for six nights and seven days. Itinerary included sightseeing in various parts of Hokkaido, celebrity talks and dinner parties, and opportunities to cheer on professional Taiwanese baseball players.
Chaumet - Hurry up for sales
teamtravel premium GmbH (Germany)
Three night, four day incentive travel program for 55 people from an upscale jewelry manufacturer.
The itinerary included presentations from company executives, talks from guest speakers, visits to the company's stores in Japan, and traditional Japanese-style cuisine provided on yakatabune boats and at first-class Japanese restaurants.
In addition, the program took participants on a “Tokyo City Rally,” where participants were split into small groups to participate in a range of experiences around the city using iPads as their guide.
Millennium Achievers Tour
JTB Australia Pty Ltd (Australia)
Seven night, eight day incentive travel program for 25 people from a Japanese automaker's Australian subsidiary. After a day of sightseeing and a dinner party in Tokyo, participants took part in sightseeing and a range of experiences in Okayama, Kagawa, Tokushima, and Kobe.
Thank you for your interest in Japan and for submitting an event for the JAPAN Incentive Travel Awards 2016.
The expert panel of judges had very strict criteria.
This is the first time we have held this award competition and we were very impressed with the high quality of all the submissions.
We do intend to continue the JAPAN Incentive Travel Awards campaign next year, so we hope that you submit another event for consideration in the future.
President, Japan National Tourism Organization