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Visit us at the Korea MICE Expo!
JNTO will be exhibiting at the Korea MICE Expo 2014 in Seoul, South Korea (Jun 19-20). If you are attending, please stop by the Japan booth to collect information about Japan,...

What's up in Japan

Courtyard by Marriott Tokyo Station Opens April 2014 in Prime Location
On April 2nd, 2014, Marriott International, Inc. announced the opening of the Courtyard by Marriott Tokyo Station...
Numazu "Plaza Verde" - One-stop MICE Facility - Grand Opening in July 2014
The Fujinokuni Senbonmatsu Forum "Plaza Verde" in Numazu is scheduled to have its grand opening in July 2014...

Case Study

Kyoto opens 400-year-old, UNESCO Heritage Site Nijo Castle (Nijo-jo) for international meetings and events
Nijo Castle, one of Kyoto's 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites, and one of the most popular tourist attractions in ...

4 Hours in Sapporo

Sightseeing in Sapporo: Experience the city's natural beauty, cuisine and history
Start at Hokkaido Shrine [Tour Hokkaido Shrine] 40 minutes...

JNTO NEWS

Visit us at the Korea MICE Expo!

Photo: Korea MICE Expo 2013

JNTO will be exhibiting at the Korea MICE Expo 2014 in Seoul, South Korea (Jun 19-20). If you are attending, please stop by the Japan booth to collect information about Japan, JNTO's support services, ideas for incentive programmes or anything else that you might need. We look forward to seeing you in Seoul!

Event: KOREA MICE EXPO 2014 (Seoul, Korea)
Date: Jun 19 (Thu) and 20 (Fri), 2014
(Exhibition and Business Meetings: Jun 19 and 20)
Venue: KINTEX Center, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do
Hosts: Korea Tourism Organization, Seoul Metropolitan City

URL:http://www.koreamice.kr/eng/eng_index.asp
Contact: JNTO Seoul Office, Im Young Hong, im@jnto.or.kr

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What's up in Japan

Courtyard by Marriott Tokyo Station Opens April 2014 in Prime Location

On April 2nd, 2014, Marriott International, Inc. announced the opening of the Courtyard by Marriott Tokyo Station. Located in the Kyobashi commercial district, this 150-room hotel is just a four-minute walk from the Yaesu side of Tokyo Station, where the Shinkansen bullet train platforms are located. The hotel occupies the first four floors of the newly built 21-storey Kyobashi Trust Tower, conveniently situated on Chuo-dori, a thoroughfare connecting Ginza and Nihonbashi—two areas renowned for their flagship boutiques and centuries-old shops. The Tokyo Metro Ginza Line is one minute from the hotel's front door.

For business travellers seeking a distinctive experience, Courtyard by Marriott Tokyo Station offers four thoughtfully designed room types, ranging in size from 16 to 33 square metres, as well as inviting public spaces in which to unwind and a mix of services that help guests stay connected, productive and balanced. Self-service kiosks expedite check-in and check-out. And the hotel is the first in Japan to offer keyless entry— guests can use their smartphones to access their rooms. Women-only rooms provide enhanced privacy and amenities for female guests, while 24-hour gym access and complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the premises enable all guests to make the most of their business and leisure time in Tokyo.

For further details, please see the following news release:
http://news.marriott.com/2014/04/courtyard-by-marriott-tokyo-station-opens-in-prime-location.html

Courtyard by Marriott Tokyo Station:
http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/tyogz-courtyard-by-marriott-tokyo-station/

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Numazu "Plaza Verde" - One-stop MICE Facility - Grand Opening in July 2014

The Fujinokuni Senbonmatsu Forum "Plaza Verde" in Numazu is scheduled to have its grand opening in July 2014. Numazu, located in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture, is easily accessible from Tokyo. Plaza Verde is a three-minute walk from JR Numazu station (which is just 70 minutes from JR Tokyo station on the Shinkansen), or about 90 minutes by car from the Tokyo Interchange via the Tomei Expressway. From Shizuoka Airport, Plaza Verde is about 80 minutes away by car.

Plaza Verde will be an integrated convention centre offering accommodation, exhibition facilities, and conference halls suitable for international meetings. The design concept, inspired by Numazu's famous pine forests, features green roofs and walls, and an interior colonnade of local cedar logs. True to its name, the Plaza Verde was designed to be an international "green plaza".

Conference facilities consist of Convention Hall A, Convention Hall B and 12 conference rooms well suited to small group meetings. Convention Hall A (capacity: 1,100 people) offers floor space of 931 ㎡ and a ceiling height of 7.8 metres, with a 300-inch projection screen. Convention Hall B (capacity: 400 people) offers floor space of 451 ㎡ and a ceiling height of 7.5 metres with a 250-inch projection screen. Both are equipped for simultaneous translation.

The facility's exhibition hall has been open since June 2013. The 2,875 ㎡ column-free exhibition space can hold up to 3,000 people at a time. Ceiling height is 12.6 metres and direct access for large trucks is possible, ensuring the smooth flow of goods in and out the hall. The hall can be split into three smaller rooms to accommodate multiple events at the same time.

Plaza Verde will also offer public galleries and a salon, where paintings, photographs, and other artistic and cultural works will be on display. These spaces can also be used for presentations during events.

Adjoining the convention centre is a 150-room hotel. A connecting corridor from the hotel reception floor offers easy access to the halls. The parking lot can accommodate around 600 cars.

Plaza Verde is located in the eastern part of Shizuoka Prefecture, which is home to many famous tourist spots including Mt. Fuji and also Izu, one of Japan's leading onsen (hot spring) resort destinations. This makes Plaza Verde an ideal base for post-convention excursions and leisure activities. Iconic Mt. Fuji, the majestic symbol of Japan, can be seen from Plaza Verde itself. And the area of Shizuoka Prefecture around Numazu is a major onsen resort area with numerous hot springs. Many prominent Japanese authors have frequented and written about this elegant Tokyo getaway.

Eastern Shizuoka Prefecture is also famous as a gourmet hot spot. The area is on Suruga Bay, whose deep 2,500-metre waters offer famously abundant fishing. Seafood from Numazu's fish market is prized throughout Japan. Relish spiny lobster, abalone, and other specialities during your visit.

Why not make Shizuoka's Plaza Verde the site for your next conference?

For further information about Fujinokuni Senbonmatsu Forum "Plaza Verde", please visit:
http://www.plazaverde.jp/english/index.html
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chLfWwyQzMU&feature=player_embedded

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Case Study

Kyoto opens 400-year-old, UNESCO Heritage Site Nijo Castle (Nijo-jo) for international meetings and events

Nijo Castle, one of Kyoto's 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites, and one of the most popular tourist attractions in Japan's ancient capital, has become available as a venue for MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions) events. Twelve coordinators have been appointed to promote and assist in the planning and execution of events at this exciting venue, which will be available for receptions, parties and gala dinners.

Nijo Castle was built in 1603 to be the official Kyoto residence of the first Tokugawa Shogun, Ieyasu. It was completed in 1626 by Iemitsu, the third shogun of the Tokugawa clan (which ruled Japan from 1600 to 1867). This historic venue will support receptions of around 1,000 people in the castle's outer areas (within the moat and outer walls) and approximately 200 indoors. Centrally located in Kyoto, the cultural heart of Japan, Nijo Castle is a unique and welcome addition to a superior convention city already boasting numerous world-class venues, meeting facilities and hotels.

For more information, direct enquiries to:
James Widgren, International Marketing, Kyoto Convention Bureau widgren@hellokcb.or.jp

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4 Hours in Sapporo

Sightseeing in Sapporo: Experience the city's natural beauty, cuisine and history
<Option A>
Start at

Hokkaido Shrine

[Tour Hokkaido Shrine] 40 minutes

↓Walk 15 minutes

Maruyama Koen Station

Board the JR Bus (Maru 14) on the Araiyama Line from the Maruyama Bus Terminal (right next to Maruyama Koen Station)

10-15 minutes

Get off at Okurayama Kyogijo Iriguchi

[Okurayama Ski Jump Stadium & Sapporo Winter Sports Museum] 60 minutes

Board the JR Bus (Maru 14) again

10-15 minutes

Get off at Maruyama Bus Terminal

walk 3 minutes

Maruyama Koen Station

Board Tozai Subway Line

15 minutes

Get off at Miyanosawa Station

Walk 7 minutes

Total trip time: about 30 minutes

[Shiroi Koibito Park (Chocolate Factory)] 40 minutes

Walk 7 minutes

Miyanosawa Station

Board the Tozai Subway line, get off at Odori Station, and transfer to the Toho Subway Line

30 minutes

Get off at Kanjo Dori Higashi

Board Chuo Bus

30 minutes

Get off at Moere Koen Higashiguchi (east entrance)

Total trip time: 60-70 minutes

[Moerenuma Park] 40 minutes

<Option B>
Start at

Sapporo Station

Board Jotetsu Bus bound for Jozankei Onsen (Gate 12, South Exit Bus terminal)

60-70 minutes

Get off at Jozankei Onsen

[Jozankei Hot Springs]

90 minutes
Board Jotetsu Bus bound for Sapporo Station

60-70 minutes

Sapporo Station

Board Toho Subway Line

10 minutes

Get off at Higashi Kuyakusho Mae

[Sapporo Beer Garden/Sapporo Beer Museum]

60 minutes

Option

[Ainu Culture Promotion Center (Sapporo Pirka Kotan)]: 40 minutes (200 yen/adult)

Hokkaido Shrine
40 minutes (Free)

Hokkaido Shrine is dedicated to some of the most important figures in the region's history, locals like to visit it for good luck, and it serves as the focal point of the Sapporo Festival, held every year from June 14 to 16.
The shrine also provides an oasis of greenery within an urban setting—it's the best spot in Sapporo for the traditional Japanese pastime of flower viewing, especially in May, when both the cherry blossoms and plum blossoms are in bloom.
You can relax and enjoy classic Japanese refreshments like mochi rice cakes (100 yen) and tea, and then draw a traditional slip of paper that will tell you your fortune (100 yen, multiple languages available).

Address: Miyagaoka 474, Chuo-ku, Sapporo
English website: http://www.hokkaidojingu.or.jp/eng/index.html

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Okurayama Ski Jump Stadium & Sapporo Winter Sports Museum
60 minutes (Stadium: 500 yen/adult; Museum: 600 yen/adult; group discounts available)

Sapporo first came to the world's attention as a winter sports destination when it hosted the Olympic Games in 1972.
The historic Okurayama Ski Jump Stadium is unusual for being located in the centre of a major city, and now serves as a unique MICE event venue.
The start is at an altitude of 307 metres, and the Viewing Lounge located directly behind the start offers panoramic views—you can stand there and imagine what it's like to be a ski jumper about to take flight! Jumping is done in summer as well as winter, so you may see people practising regardless of when you visit.
Right next to the landing zone of the Okurayama Ski Jump is the Sapporo Winter Sports Museum, full of fascinating exhibits about the 1972 Winter Olympics. Highlights include simulators that let you experience a ski jump, a bobsled run, and a figure skating spin.

Address: Miyanomori 1274, Chuo-ku, Sapporo
English website: http://www.sapporo-dc.co.jp/eng/okurayama/index.html

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Shiroi Koibito Park (Chocolate Factory)
40 minutes (600 yen/adult)

Looking for a "sweet" destination? Visit the factory where Japan's most popular chocolate cookie, Shiroi Koibito, is made. You can watch the making of various kinds of sweets, sample them, and then take part in a sweets-making workshop. Other whimsical attractions include a rose garden, a miniature steam train, exhibits of antique tin toys, hot chocolate cups and gramophones, and a clock tower with an hourly parade of clockwork dolls called the "Chocolate Carnival". Prepare to be charmed!

Address: Miyanosawa 2-2, Nishi-ku, Sapporo
English website: http://www.shiroikoibitopark.jp/english/index.html

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Moerenuma Park
40 minutes (Free)

World-famous Japanese-American sculptor Isamu Noguchi was the mastermind behind this park, which is considered by many to be one gigantic work of sculpture.
Visitors can enjoy this unique environment while taking in the nature of Sapporo, including cherry blossoms in springtime and riverfront Moere Beach in summer.
The iconic symbol of the park is the Glass Pyramid HIDAMARI, which contains a gallery and a popular restaurant. It is one of the most special venues in Sapporo, and is often booked for various events.
The Glass Pyramid's restaurant, L'enfant qui reve, is owned by a Three Michelin star chef from Hokkaido, and features French cuisine highlighted by the finest local ingredients. (Option for dinner: from 3,680 yen)

Address: Moerenuma-koen 1-1, Higashi-ku, Sapporo
English website: http://www.sapporo-park.or.jp/moere/english.php

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Jozankei Hot Springs
90 minutes (Prices vary)

Just an hour away from central Sapporo, this is one of the most famous and popular onsen, or hot springs, in Japan. Nestled amid the scenic beauty of Hokkaido, it offers numerous options for enjoying the thermal mineral waters: from footbaths (some of which are free and open to the public, such as the ones at Jozankei Gensen Park), to day passes for luxury spa resorts. One example of the latter is a day spa and lunch package at the Jozankei Tsuruga Resort Spa MORI NO UTA for 2,940 yen.

Address: Jozankei Onsen Higashi 3-chome, Minami-ku, Sapporo
English website: http://jozankei.jp/en/

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Sapporo Beer Garden/Sapporo Beer Museum
60 minutes (Free)

Sapporo Beer is a brand known and respected around the world. Here you can learn the history of the brand while enjoying delicious Hokkaido cuisine—the "Genghis Khan" mixed grill of mutton and vegetables, or surf-and-turf BBQ featuring Tokachi beef and fresh seafood—washed down with a selection of fresh beers straight from the brewery.
Dinner (all you can eat & drink): 3,600 yen
This facility, which can accommodate up to 1,000, is well suited for hosting banquets of major meetings and conferences.

Address: Sapporo Garden Park, Kita 7 Higashi 9, Higashi-ku, Sapporo
English website: http://www.sapporo-bier-garten.jp/foreign/english.php

Ainu Culture Promotion Center (Sapporo Pirka Kotan)
40 minutes (200 yen/adult)

Learn about the indigenous people of Hokkaido, the Ainu, and their unique culture, arts and history through hands-on exhibits. Craft-making workshops available with advance reservation.

Address: Koganeyu 27, Minami-ku, Sapporo
English website: http://www.city.sapporo.jp/shimin/pirka-kotan/en/

English websites:
Sapporo Tourism:
http://www.welcome.city.sapporo.jp/?lang=en
Sapporo Convention Bureau:
http://www.conventionsapporo.jp/

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