Toyama is easily accessible from inside and outside Japan—the city is roughly the same distance from Japan’s three major cities (Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya) and 2 hours 8 minutes from Tokyo on the Hokuriku Shinkansen. Meanwhile, Toyama Airport provides connections from Tokyo and Sapporo as well as direct flights from Shanghai, Taipei, Dalian and Seoul. Access from the Kansai and Chukyo regions will improve dramatically once the Hokuriku Shinkansen is extended to Tsuruga. 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 conference tourism city by the Japanese government. In addition, both the prefectural and municipal governments offer complete subsidy programs.