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With 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites and countless Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines, Kyoto is a prime example of an urban center of Japanese history. However, Kyoto is also a hub of academia and manufacturing, with an impressive collection of universities, research institutions and companies involved in leading-edge pursuits on the global stage. The city hosts over 400 international conferences on science, technology and more each year. Kyoto International Conference Center, which was Japan’s first full-fledged international conference venue, headlines the full slate of convention facilities in Kyoto, which also includes the Okazaki area, where ROHM Theatre Kyoto and Kyoto International Exhibition Hall “Miyakomesse” can be combined to host even larger MICE. The city continues to add more unique venues that provide the premium feel for MICE that can only be found in Kyoto. The Kyoto Convention & Visitors Bureau offers a wide range of support options from promotion to hosting for successful MICE.


Kansai International Airport→Kyoto Station:75 min. by train?(JR Airport Rapid Service)
Kansai International Airport→Kyoto Station:90 min. by limousine bus
Itami Airport→Kyoto Station:50 min. by limousine bus
Tokyo Station→Kyoto Station:2 hr. 18 min. by train (Shinkansen Nozomi)
Nagoya Station→Kyoto Station:35 min. by train (Shinkansen Nozomi)

Venues overview

  Facility Rooms
Hotel 182 22,436
Ryokan 368 5,317
Total 550 27,753


Kyoto Convention & Visitors Bureau

Pre-/Post-Convention Programs

Kimono dressing experience
Kimono dressing experience
Flower arrangement experience
Flower arrangement experience

The wellspring of Japanese tea ceremony, flower arrangement, Noh theater, traditional industrial arts and a wealth of other Japanese culture continues to run through Kyoto, the capital of Japan for a millennium.
Hands-on experiences of traditional culture: Japanese tea ceremony, flower arrangement, calligraphy writing, Zen meditation, kimono dressing, Japanese cuisine, making Japanese sweets, etc.
Traditional performing arts: Performances of traditional dancing, Noh theater, Kyogen theater, Kenbu sword dancing, Japanese Taiko drums, etc.
Hands-on experiences/tours of traditional industries: Studio tours and opportunities to make traditional textiles and pottery, kyoyuzen patterned silk, bamboo handicrafts, etc.

4 Hours in Kyoto

Recent Trends in Regional Industry and Research in Kyoto

Medicine: Life Innovation

Medicine: Life Innovation

The Kyoto municipal government works to promote life science industries, placing priority on mobilizing local resources for initiatives in the areas of next-generation medical care, health, welfare and nursing.
Kyoto has a high concentration of universities and research institutes producing outstanding research results as well as companies with advanced technological capabilities. Among these organizations is Kyoto University, employer of Professor Shinya Yamanaka, who won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2012 for his work on iPS cells, which have a number of promising applications in regenerative medicine. Kyoto University focuses particularly on commercializing the results of its research, collaborating with pharmaceutical companies, medical equipment makers and other manufacturers throughout Japan to develop innovative drugs and cutting-edge medical devices.

Environmental Industries: Green Innovation

Environmental Industries: Green Innovation

The Kyoto municipal government is working to foster the promising growth field of green (environment and energy) business as one of the city’s leading industries.
For example, a joint university-corporate project is developing products using silicone carbide (SiC) devices developed and supplied by a local semiconductor manufacturer, with a view to promote widespread use of SiC, which is expected to feature in next-generation energy-saving semiconductors.

Tourism and Culture

Tourism and Culture

With its long history, Kyoto is renowned as a city harboring some of the richest cultural traditions in the world. Around 2,000 Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples are located in the city, 17 of which were listed by UNESCO as world cultural heritage sites in1994 under the heading Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto.
In addition to preserving its traditional culture and arts, Kyoto promotes manga and other content industries. The city boast many unique local resources including a set of picture scrolls called
Chōjū-jinbutsu-giga, a national treasure reputed to be Japan’s oldest manga, and the Kyoto International Manga Museum, Japan’s first repository of manga culture.
Kyoto’s strengths and charms as a city of tourism and culture are acclaimed worldwide, and the US travel industry magazine Travel + Leisure ranked Kyoto as the No.1 city in its World’s Best Awards in 2014 and 2015.

Support Programs for Convention

Support for bidding process
Category Type of Support Availability Languages
Site inspection Arranging an inspection trip for site selection English
Support for hosting/preparation
Category Type of Support Availability Languages
PR Support for encouraging participation in the event English
Supporting other PR activities English
Conference and event preparation Providing information on PCOs, travel agencies and event management companies English
Providing information on reception venues (including unique venues) English
Providing information on related programs (local attractions, traditional performing arts, post-convention programs, sightseeing and hands-on experiences with Japanese culture for persons accompanying conference participants) English
Providing tourism information English
Requesting nominal support English
Coordinating with relevant organizations English
Conference and event operation Arranging reception venues (including unique venues) English
Arranging volunteers English
Setting up an information desk English
Providing maps/guidebooks for participants English
Arranging shuttle buses English
Providing convention bags English
Hospitality Welcome posters and digital signage
Welcome message by the head of the local government English
Providing discount tickets to tourist facilities
Providing discounts on public transportation English
Dispatching tourism ambassadors English
Related programs Making arrangements for attractions and traditional performing arts English
Making arrangements for post-convention programs English
Making arrangements for sightseeing and hands-on experiences of Japanese culture for persons accompanying conference participants English
Arranging tour interpreters and guides English

Support Programs for Incentive Travel

Support for Promoting Incentive Travel
Type of Support Availability
Site inspection support (provision of accommodation, food, tourist activities) -
Creation of draft proposals, providing information
Support During Incentive Travel
Type of Support Availability
Airport transfer services
Welcome banners -
Chartered transport (e.g. coaches)
Prepaid cards for public transport
Venues (MICE facilities, unique venues)
Event management services
Recruiting volunteers to assist at events
Excursions, technical visits etc.
Attractions, entertainment etc.
Experience programs
Local cuisine, traditional cuisine
Greeting at airport or station -
Greeting or welcome letter from local government head -
Travel brochures
Discount coupons -
Giveaways -