Located adjacent to metropolitan Tokyo, 70-90 minutes by rail from Haneda and Narita Airports with direct buses to boot, Saitama boasts a level of transportation convenience comparable to facilities in central Tokyo. With primary convention facilities located near JR stations, and the confluence of five Shinkansen lines as well as JR and private railway lines, the city is sure to make transportation simple for foreign and Japanese participants alike. Saitama is also an easy place to experience Japanese culture, at Omiya Bonsai Village and the Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa-jinja Shrine, or demonstrations of Japanese doll-making in Iwatsuki.
Narita International Airport→Omiya Station：Keisei Line, JR (about 100 min.)
Narita International Airport→Omiya Station, Saitama Shintoshin Station：Highway express bus (about 120 min.)
Tokyo International Airport (Haneda)→Omiya Station：Monorail, JR (about 80 min.)
Tokyo International Airport (Haneda)→Omiya Station, Saitama Shintoshin Station, Urawa Station, Musashi Urawa Station：Highway express bus (about 80 min.)
Tokyo Station→Omiya Station：Various Shinkansen lines (25 min.)
1. Financial Assistance for Conventions
(i) For conventions
(a) Events with the main venue in Saitama city limits, and at least 100 participants (at least 10% from outside Japan) for international conferences, or at least 500 participants (some must come from outside the Kanto region) for national conferences
(b) Maximum subsidy: 5 million yen for International conference / 1.5 million for Domestic conference.
* Applications must be submitted by June 30 of the fiscal year before the event
(ii) For after-convention events
(a) Events with the main venue in Saitama city limits, and at least 50 participants (from at least 3 countries (including Japan)) for international conferences, or at least 100 participants (some must come from outside the Kanto region) for national-level conferences
(b) Applications must be submitted for only one of unique venues, excursions or attractions. Up to 200,000 yen for half of expenses.
2. Other Support Services
(i) Providing introductory information about Saitama
(ii) Providing images and videos (DVDs)
(iii) Preparing written proposals for potential venues
(iv) Reception for preliminary visits
(v) Introducing PCOs, travel agencies
(vi) Suggesting attractions
(vii) Arranging volunteers
(viii) Coordinating with administrative bodies (requesting the nominal support of prefectural/municipal governments, greetings from heads of government)
(ix) Setting up souvenir vending booths
(x) Displaying direction signs at JR stations nearest venues (Omiya Station, Saitama-Shintoshin Station, Urawa Station)
(xi) Providing convention bags (Plastic: Free of charge/Nonwoven fabric: Extra fee)
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Enjoying a Noh theater performance
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