On 25 June 2014, the Japan Convention Bureau and JNTO Jakarta Office (which officially opened on March 20, 2014) held the Japan Incentive Travel Seminar 2014 at the Sari Pan Pacific Hotel in Jakarta.
JCB, Chiba Convention Bureau and International Center, Kobe Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau all made presentations at the seminar and held business talks with seminar attendees, who numbered 73 (representing 41 companies). Attendees showed a high degree of interest in Japan tourism. There is a surge of interest in travel to Japan with the announcement that Indonesians are eligible to travel to Japan visa-free under the Japanese government's Action Program, and the growth of the Indonesian economy. (Exact procedures for visa-less entry have not yet been settled, and an announcement from the consulate is currently awaited).
Attendees brought various issues to the attention of JCB, including that, despite increases in direct flights to Japan and SE Asian LCCs, there are still problems with hotel reservations in the Tokyo Metropolitan area, availability of tour buses, and accommodation of Muslim travellers.
Ramadan began on 28 June in Indonesia, and the end of the fasting season in late July marks the start of the Lebaran holiday travel season.
Andaz Tokyo, Tokyo's newest lifestyle boutique hotel and the 12th hotel of the Andaz brand by Hyatt, has just opened in Toranomon - a key business and embassy district located between the Imperial Palace and Tokyo Tower.
Andaz, which means "personal style" in Hindi, represents a new philosophy of service in a sophisticated yet simple style. Andaz Tokyo occupies floors 47 to 52 of the 52-story Toranomon Hills tower, a leading-edge multi-use building catering to elite business and lifestyle requirements. Located between Tokyo Tower and the Imperial Palace, the hotel offers easy access to key Tokyo locations, including the upscale Ginza shopping district, the city's central financial area and many cultural attractions. In the Andaz house style, Andaz Tokyo draws on the city's rich history and culture to create an inspiring experience for visitors, helping guests to appreciate their surroundings more intimately and leave feeling like a local.
Designed by renowned interior designers Tony Chi of New York and Tokyo-based Shinichiro Ogata, Andaz Tokyo reflects the Japanese cultural emphasis on beauty and purity of form by employing natural materials such as washi paper and walnut throughout each space. The new hotel offers 164 rooms, of which eight are speciality suites. Wi-Fi, local calls, snacks, and non-alcoholic beverages are complimentary for all guests. On the 52nd floor, Andaz provides a new addition to Tokyo's entertainment scene, with breathtaking views from a rooftop bar and the city's highest stand-alone wedding chapel. Next to Andaz Lounge on the 51st floor is the main dining venue, Andaz Tavern. The menu is a refined approach to European provincial cuisine, featuring the finest fresh Japanese produce. Andaz Tokyo guests also enjoy access to the AO Spa & Club on the 37th floor with a unique 20-metre pool overlooking the Imperial Palace.
Andaz Tokyo has 770 square metres of socializing spaces, where fluid layouts and functional design create distinctive environments that dissolve barriers, encouraging interaction and conversation. The six Andaz Studios on the 51st floor are tailored for smaller customized events or business meetings. They include the Chef's Studio, a flexible event space featuring a show kitchen that is ideal for intimate social or family gatherings, as well as the Tokyo Studio, which offers expansive views of the city in two directions. The Rooftop Studio on the 52nd floor features a theatrically designed show kitchen and open-air terrace, an exciting new venue for alfresco dining and entertainment.
For further information about Andaz Tokyo, please visit:
The Business Aviation Terminal - Premier Gate - is a special terminal at Narita Airport for the use of private jet passengers and crew. It has been operating since March 31, 2012, providing a dedicated corporate and private jet terminal with its own CIQ (Customs, Immigration and Quarantine) facilities.
The terminal has been used by VIPs from the US, Asia, Europe and many other parts of the globe. Premier Gate's popularity derives from its shorter processing times, smooth departure/arrival formalities and luxurious comfort.
International business travellers require flight flexibility, and Premier Gate was designed to ensure this.
For further information about Business Aviation Terminal – Premier Gate, please visit:
PACIFICO Yokohama is one of the world's largest integrated convention facilities, offering the complete range of functions needed for MICE engagements. The striking architecture, inspired by motifs of waves, wind and light, is a new landmark and symbol of the city of Yokohama, with its rich history as a gateway between Japan and the world. It includes the National Convention Hall seating 5,000, the Conference Center with 50 meeting rooms of various sizes, the 20,000 square metre (approx. 215,000 square feet) Exhibition Hall, a 600 room hotel and much more. Some of the largest and highest quality facilities of their kind, combined in a single complex offering unlimited convention possibilities.
Modeled architecturally on the shape of a shell, the National Convention Hall is the centrepiece of PACIFICO Yokohama. Inside, the flexible design of the stage, together with excellent audiovisual, lighting, and simultaneous interpreting facilities, ensure any event held here will be a memorable occasion.
With approximately fifty rooms available in a variety of sizes and styles, the Conference Center can simultaneously accommodate 6 symposiums of 300 to 1,000 seats with simultaneous interpreting systems, and 32 sessions of 50 to 140 seats, all in one building. Room layouts can be rearranged on the day to fit program requirements.
The Exhibition Hall includes 20,000 square metres of column-free space with 13 to 19 metre-high ceilings. An integrated in-floor network supplies utilities including electricity, water, telephone, gas, and compressed air.
InterContinental Yokohama Grand is able to host a wide variety of banquets, meetings and parties with a five-star quality catering service. With approximately 600 guest rooms and a selection of restaurants serving international cuisine, this hotel makes the perfect partner for any convention at PACIFICO Yokohama.
PACIFICO Yokohama offers a convention subsidy program for organisers of international meetings. The amount of the subsidy depends on the scale of the event, and on whether certain criteria are met. All enquiries are welcome.
16th International Congress of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists in Collaboration with the 48th Japanese Occupational Therapy Congress and Expo (WFOT2014)
This is the first time this event has been held in Asia. All sessions were offered with Japanese and English simultaneous interpretation.
(Osanbashi Yokohama Passenger Terminal)
For further information about PACIFICO Yokohama,
please visit: http://www.pacifico.co.jp/english/index.html
The Takayama Jinya-mae Morning Market is held 365 days a year in front of the samurai manor, with vendors selling freshly harvested seasonal produce. During the winter, you can also buy mochi rice cakes and New Year decorations.
English website: http://www.jinya-asaichi.jp/english/index.html
Originally the estate of the Kanamori clan who ruled Takayama Castle, the Manor housed officials sent from Edo (Tokyo) to administer the Hida region after the area came under direct rule of the Shogun. Built in 1816, it is the only one of the 64 Shogunal administration buildings that remains. The storehouse for rice collected as taxes dates to the 1600's and is now used to exhibit historical artefacts.
English website: http://www.pref.gifu.lg.jp/English/tourism/takayama/
This picturesque red bridge connects the historic old town of Takayama with the Jinya manor house. It makes an especially striking view in the snow and during cherry blossom season. Four times a year, once in each season, the bridge is illuminated.
↓Walk 5 minutes
Cross Nakabashi Bridge to Takayama old town.
Exhibits cover the establishment of the castle town and its merchant quarter, and the city's heritage down to the present day. The themes of the 14 exhibition rooms include festivals, architecture, the town's literary and artistic heritage, and Enku Buddhist woodcarvings.
Board Sarubobo Bus (200 yen)
(Hida Takayama Town Bus: http://www.hida.jp/traffic/bus_route.pdf)
↓ Ride 10 minutes
[Hida Folk Village]: 45 minutes (700 yen)
Board Sarubobo Bus (200 yen)
↓ Ride 15 minutes
Get off at Takayama Station
Board Machinami Bus (100 yen)
↓ Ride 10 minutes
Get off at Takayama Jinya-mae
The Folk Village brings together 30 historic buildings typical of the Hida region, featuring the distinctive steep-roofed gassho-zukuri architecture and traditional thatched roofs, designed to withstand heavy snow. A stroll through the village gives an insight into what rural life was like here generations ago. The houses contain examples of typical farm implements and household utensils from the old days. Demonstrations and hands-on lessons of traditional crafts such as straw work, quilting and weaving are held year-round.
English website: http://www.hidanosato-tpo.jp/english12.htm
[Lunch]: 35 minutes
↓ Walk 10 minutes
[Kusakabe Mingeikan (Kusakabe Folk Museum)]: 40 minutes (500 yen)
The Kanamori clan, which originally ruled Takayama, built housing for samurai on higher ground around the castle. The merchant quarter is at a slightly lower elevation.
The district retains its historic appearance and charm, water channels flowing in front of quaint buildings with latticed windows and projecting eaves. Here and there you see the hanging pine needle balls that traditionally mark sake makers.
Hida Chuka Soba Noodles: 600 yen
Unique style of hearty ramen with local ingredients
Hobamiso Lunch Set: 1,800 yen
Local beef grilled over magnolia leaves with miso and negi
Mountain vegetable lunch set: 1,800 yen
Lunch set featuring mountain vegetables and other local delicacies
English website: http://www.hida.jp/english/cuisine.htm
This historic townhouse is registered, along with the adjoining Yoshijima House, as an Important Cultural Property. It is a fine example of the rustic beauty of traditional Japanese folk architecture, its imposing post-and-beam interior creating an evocative atmosphere in which to learn about daily life and culture in old Takayama.
Eleven festival floats are paraded each fall in the Takayama Matsuri (acclaimed as one of Japan's most gorgeous festivals). Four of these are displayed here on a rotating basis throughout the year.
English website: http://www.hidahachimangu.jp/english/index.html
For further information about Takayama, please visit: http://www.hida.jp/english/
Takayama city area map: http://www.hida.jp/english/admin/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/dl_city.pdf