Sendai boasts a wonderful balance of beautiful nature and academic research, and is the political and economic core of the Tohoku region. In recent years, the city has devoted energy toward attracting and hosting MICE. In addition to easy access from Tokyo (around 90 minutes on the Tohoku Shinkansen), the new Sendai Subway Tozai Line has made it even easier to host conventions in the city center. Sendai has gained global attention as the host city of the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in 2015 and the G7 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors’ Meeting in 2016. The city has ideal venues for a variety of events, from the Sendai International Center for large-scale conventions, city hotels for urban conventions, and the Akiu and Sakunami hot spring districts for resort-style conventions.
Volunteers who speak a variety of languages are also available to provide support for your international conference.
Sendai Airport→JR Sendai Station：Sendai Airport Line (17 min.~)
JR Tokyo Station→JR Sendai Station：Tohoku Shinkansen (91 min.~)
1. Financial assistance for promoting/hosting conventions
(i) For large-scale international conventions
Up to 10 million yen for the expense of promoting and hosting international conferences in the city that last at least 3 days and attract at least 1,500 participants (of which at least 300 come from overseas).
(ii) For national conventions
1 million yen to 3 million yen for national or larger conferences with at least 500 participants.
(iii) For international conferences
500,000 yen to 5 million yen for international conferences that attract at least 100 people from at least 3 countries, with foreign participants accounting for at least 10% of the total.
(iv) For small-scale international academic conferences
Up to 200,000 yen for international academic conferences with 50-99 participants from at least 3 countries, or with foreign participants accounting for at least 10% of the total.
(v) For shuttle buses, etc.
Up to 500,000 yen for shuttle buses and other expenses for transporting participants between multiple convention venues within the city.
Interest-free loans of up to 2 million yen for up to 2 years to organizers to fund preparation for conventions to be held in Sendai city limits.
Sendai-style hospitality options are available for conventions held at venues in the city or at SenTIA supporting member facilities in Miyagi Prefecture, and that attract at least 300 participants or at least 50 foreign nonresidents of Japan. Examples include a troupe of performers dressed as the Date Busho-tai (samurai), Suzumeodori dancers, and local sake tasting.
* Please contact SenTIA about conditions and other details.
2. Other Support Services
● Providing introductory information about Sendai
(Languages: English, traditional Chinese, simplified Chinese, Korean, Thai)
● Providing promotional pamphlets and videos (DVDs) (Language: English)
● Support for preparing written proposals
● Providing image data related to Sendai
● Reception for preliminary visits
● Introducing PCOs, travel agencies, and other affiliated companies
● Proposing attractionsns
● Setting up hospitality desks, arranging language volunteers
Earthquake disaster ruins at Arahama Elementary School
Make-your-own Buddhist prayer beads at Entsu-in Temple
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