Shizuoka offers gorgeous views of both the highest and lowest points in Japan—Mt. Fuji (a World Heritage site) and Suruga Bay, respectively. Located in the center of Japan, transportation access is extremely convenient: by Shinkansen, Shizuoka is only 1 hour from Tokyo and Nagoya and 1 hour 40 minutes from Osaka. Coupled with Mt. Fuji Shizuoka International Airport, these great transportation options explain why Shizuoka tends to attract more participants for academic conferences and events than other cities. The city offers versatile venues for a variety of events, from a convention center for large-scale conventions to city hotels for urban conventions, lodging facilities for resort style conventions and picturesque locales removed from the daily grind, and the largest exhibition hall in regional Japan for trade fairs and exhibitions. In addition, SCVB provides ample support for event organizers, from reception for preliminary visits to introducing and arranging venues to providing welcome monuments, convention bags and tourism pamphlets; subsidies for national and international conferences and shuttle buses; suggesting and introducing attractions and excursions; and more.
With a wealth of after-convention options in and around sites such as Suruga Bay, Mt. Fuji and tea plantations, and year-round warm weather with little snow or inclement conditions, Shizuoka eagerly awaits the arrival of your event and its participants.
Mt. Fuji Shizuoka Airport→Shizuoka Station：Bus (55 min.)
Tokyo Station→Shizuoka Station：Tokaido Shinkansen (Hikari, about 60 min.)
Nagoya Station→Shizuoka Station：Tokaido Shinkansen (Hikari, about 60 min.)
Shin-Osaka Station→Shizuoka Station：Tokaido Shinkansen (Hikari, about 100 min.)
1. Municipal Subsidies
Shizuoka City subsidy for national conferences:
• Up to 1 million yen (500 yen x total hotel-room nights) for regional events (4-24 prefectures)
• Up to 3 million yen (1,000 yen x total hotel-room nights) for national events (at least 25 prefectures)
• Up to 3 million yen (1,000 yen x total hotel-room nights) for international events (at least 20 nonresidents of Japan among at least 50 participants from at least 3 countries)
International conference promotion subsidy: Up to 1 million yen (10,000 yen x total number of foreign participants) for international events (at least 20 nonresidents of Japan among at least 50 participants from at least 3 countries)
Shuttle bus subsidy: Up to 300,000 yen for half of expenses (various conditions apply)
✻ These support measures may be subject to change without notice. Always confirm with the host city in advance.
2. Other Support
(i) Setting up welcome monuments free of charge
(ii) Providing tourism pamphlets free of charge
(iii) Providing support goods: 25 yen/nametag (with backing), 60 yen/convention bag
(iv) Lending cold tea dispensers
(v) Introducing local specialty product sales
(vi) Setting up tourism information desks free of charge
(vii) Introducing foreign language interpreters (extra fee)
(viii) Introducing attractions/excursions (extra fee, subsidy for half of some expenses)
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