Nagano is a resort city enveloped in a rich natural environment and colored by history and culture. As the site for the 1998 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games as well as the 2005 Special Olympics World Winter Games, Nagano has been a source of inspiration throughout the world. Since then, it has become a convention city, accumulating quite a history of successful events in academics, culture, arts and industry as well as sports. In addition to arena facilities such as M-Wave, Big Hat and White Ring, Nagano also has Hokuto Cultural Hall, the Nagano City Arts Center and other well-equipped facilities and installations to handle events in various fields.
Tokyo Station→Nagano Station：Hokuriku Shinkansen (1 hr. 30 min.)
Nagoya Station→Nagano Station：Chuo Saisen Line (3 hr.)
1. Financial Assistance for Conventions
(i) For conventions
Up to 300,000 yen for half of venue expenses for conventions that (a) take place and involve lodging within Nagano city limits, (b) last for at least 2 days, and (c) attract at least 60 participants.
(ii) For international conferences
Up to 500,000 yen (10,000 yen/nonresident of Japan, 5,000 yen/resident of Japan) and up to 1 million yen for half of venue expenses for conventions that (a) take place and involve lodging within Nagano city limits, (b) last for at least 2 days, and (c) attract at least 100 participants from at least 3 countries (including Japan).
(iii) For sports tournaments
Up to 300,000 yen for sporting events sponsored, co-sponsored or supported by competitive sports teams or their affiliate organizations, provided that the events (a) take place and involve lodging within Nagano city limits, (b) last for at least 2 days, and (c) attract at least 60 participants.
(iv) For training camps
Up to 100,000 yen (500 yen/person/night (July 1-August 31: 300 yen/night)) for training camps that involve lodging within Nagano city limits for at least 60 people who are (a) students or organizations of students that attend junior high schools, high schools, universities or other schools (except elementary schools and preschools, applies only to activities deemed by the students’ educational institutions to be outside the scope of school activities or otherwise extracurricular), (b) members of corporations or organizations within corporations, or (c) members of groups composed of working adults and others who intend to participate in tournaments or the like.
* Applicable from April 1, 2018
Up to 2 million yen for up to 20% of the total budget for events held at convention facilities within Nagano city limits, that attract at least 80 participants who stay at lodging facilities within city limits, and are organized by an entity other than a national or local government entity, for-profit corporation or other entity that engages in business activities for profit.
2. Other Support Services
(i) Providing introductory information about Nagano (Languages: English, simplified Chinese, traditional Chinese, Korean, Thai))
(ii) Providing images and DVDs (Languages: English, simplified Chinese, traditional Chinese, Korean)
(iii) Reception for preliminary visits
(iv) Introducing PCOs, travel agencies
(v) Suggesting attractions
(vi) Arranging volunteers
(vii) Other support
(a) Introducing individual facilities
(b) Providing welcome signage at Nagano Station and convention venues
(c) Providing “Oidenashite Nagano” general Nagano City guides
(d) Providing gourmet guides
(e) Providing original tote bags
(f) Posting advertisement stickers on taxi doors (at least 1,000 participants)
(g) Posting welcome posters in shopping districts (at least 1,000 participants)
(h) Providing shuttle buses (up to 500,000 yen for conventions of at least 1,000 participants dispersed between multiple venues)
(i) Providing excursion buses (at least 100 participants, up to 2 buses)
Botchi-mori, the distinct way of serving Togakushi-soba
The Togakushi Mountains reflected in Lake Kagami-ike
Nagano Convention & Visitors Bureau
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