As a longtime cultural and economic hub of Japan, Osaka has much to offer in terms of traditional and contemporary cultural tourism, from bunraku puppet theater (a UNESCO intangible cultural heritage) to Osaka-jo Castle, Dotombori, Universal Studios Japan and more. Another major advantage of Osaka is the easy access it offers to World Heritage sites in Kyoto, Nara, Kobe and Wakayama, which are all in the Kansai region. Some World Heritage sites can be reached in 45 minutes. In addition, Osaka’s food culture is so abundant that it is known as a kuidaore-no-machi (a town where you can eat until you drop). Osaka’s particular brand of hospitality is a great way to welcome guests from overseas.
Kansai International Airport Station→Namba Station：Nankai Electric Railway Limited Express Rapid (about 34 min.)
Kansai International Airport Station→Osaka Station：JR Airport Rapid Service (about 65 min.)
Kansai International Airport Station→Namba Station：Limousine bus (about 50 min.)
Kansai International Airport Station→Osaka Station：Limousine bus (about 60 min.)
1. Financial Assistance for Conventions
• Up to 15 million yen for international conference promotion and hosting
• Recurring conferences that draw at least 300 participants
• At least 50 participants from outside Japan
• At least 5 participating countries (including Japan)
• Duration of at least 3 days
• Competition with other potential sites
• Up to 20% of total event expenses
• Up to 500,000 yen worth of physical support for international conference promotion and hosting
• At least 100 participants
• At least 20 participants from outside Japan
• At least 3 participating countries (including Japan)
• Duration of at least 2 days
• Up to 20% of total event expenses
• In principle, this support is 1 item (product or attraction arranged) that can be provided for 500,000 yen or less
2. Other Support Services
• Support for creating hosting plans
• Introducing convention venues, lodging facilities
• Providing images and videos (DVDs)
• Assisting with creating written proposals
• Reception for preliminary visits
• Introducing PCOs, travel agencies
• Suggesting attractions
• Support for displaying signs on Kansai International Airport welcome signboards
• Providing special hospitality for receptions, parties (arranging fukumusume (good fortune girls) from Imamiya Ebisu-jinja Shrine, Japanese taiko drum performances, ceremonial openings of barrels of sake and other attractions with the distinct flavor of Osaka)
Hands-on experience with Noh theater at Yamamoto Noh Theater
Sakura Cook Osaka, a Japanese cooking class
OCTB introduces unique programs for creating memories.
Visitors can enjoy bunraku puppet theater (a UNESCO intangible cultural heritage) at the Bunraku Theatre. In addition, English audio guides are available for a fee. Visitors can enjoy Nohkyogen comedy theater at the Yamamoto Noh Theater and Ohtsuki Noh Theatre. The Yamamoto Noh Theater offers a special private program with English subtitles, and is also available for parties. Among the hands-on experiences for foreigners, programs involving the making of washoku Japanese cuisine such as takoyaki (octopus dumpling) and nigiri sushi are popular
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