Toyama is easily accessible from inside and outside Japan— the city is roughly equidistant from Japan’s three major cities (Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya) and 2 hours 8 minutes from Tokyo on the Hokuriku Shinkansen, and Toyama Kitokito Airport provides connections to Tokyo and Sapporo as well as direct flights to Seoul, Dalian, Taipei and other international cities.
Toyama Prefecture has no shortage of globally renowned tourist attractions such as the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route and the thatched-roof houses of Gokayama Village (a World Heritage site), as well as historically significant temples and townscapes, contemporary art museums and more.
The prefecture is home to many reasonably priced conference facilities of various sizes and functions, namely in Toyama City, which was designated an international meeting tourism city by the Japanese government. In addition, both the prefectural and municipal governments offer complete subsidy programs.
Toyama Kitokito Airport→Toyama：Bus (15 min.)
Tokyo Station→Toyama Station：Hokuriku Shinkansen (2 hr. 8 min.)
Osaka Station→Toyama Station：(JR Limited Express Thunderbird) ⇒ Kanazawa Station ⇒ (Hokuriku Shinkansen) ⇒ Toyama Station [3 hr. 6 min.]
Kyoto Station→Toyama Station：(JR Limited Express Thunderbird) ⇒ Kanazawa Station ⇒ (Hokuriku Shinkansen) ⇒ Toyama Station [2 hr. 38 min.]
Nagoya Station→Toyama Station：(JR Limited Express Shirasagi) ⇒ Kanazawa Station ⇒ (Hokuriku Shinkansen) ⇒ Toyama Station [2 hr. 57 min.]
1. Subsidy Programs for Conventions
Up to 13 million yen from prefectural/municipal governments
〇 Toyama Prefecture Subsidy Program
・ Up to 8 million yen according to the number of nonresidents of Toyama
Prefecture participating and total hotel-room nights Chubu regional: Up to 2 million yen for events that result in at least 100 nonresidents of Toyama Prefecture
National: Up to 4 million yen for events that result in at least 100 hotel-room nights by nonresidents of Toyama Prefecture International: Up to 8 million yen for events that draw at least 10 nonresidents of Japan and at least 20 participants
〇 Toyama City Subsidy Program
・ Up to 5 million yen according to the number of nonresidents of Toyama
Prefecture participating and the duration of the convention
Add an extra 5,000 yen/event day/nonresident of Japan
・ Up to 500,000 yen for shuttle bus use
* Other municipalities in Toyama Prefecture have subsidy programs for events held outside Toyama City.
〇 Toyama Convention Bureau Subsidy Program
・ Up to 300,000 yen from the following subsidies:
(i) Up to 100,000 yen for performances of traditional Toyama Prefecture performing arts at social gatherings, etc.
(ii) Up to 100,000 yen for chartering buses for tourism within the prefecture, etc.
(iii) Up to 100,000 yen for the use of shuttle buses
(iv) Up to 50,000 yen for dispatch services from nurses, childcare workers and interpreters
2. Other Support Services
〇 For Site Selection
・ Introducing/reserving venues that accommodate event sizes/budgets
・ Preparing/providing written proposals that describe the characteristics of events held within Toyama Prefecture
・ Reception for preliminary visits guided by key people from academic societies, etc.
〇 After Site Finalization
・ Setting up information booths, arranging volunteers for assistance with administration and other tasks
・ Setting up welcome signs at the airport and JR Shinkansen stations
・ Providing a convention taxi system that halves the price of taxis for touring through Toyama Prefecture
・ Providing various pamphlets, restaurant maps and convention bags
・ Introducing groups that perform Toyama Prefecture folktales and traditional performing arts, and suggesting other attractions
・ Introducing local PCOs, travel agencies and other businesses with convention experience
Etchu Owara dancing
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