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Application Deadline Approaching for Meet Japan 2015!
As part of its initiatives to promote Japan as an international conference destination, JNTO is inviting leading international association executives and core-PCOs to attend the...

What's up in Japan

Three Japanese Scientists Honoured with Nobel Prize in Physics!
On October 7, 2014, three scientists from Japan (Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano, and Shuji Nakamura)...
The Natural Choice for Business Events
Greater Tokyo, Chiba's First Promotion Video Targeted at International Event Organisers
Chiba is located on the east side of the Tokyo metropolitan area. It is home to a number of Japan's most important facilities...
Okinawa Corporate Games
The World's Largest Multi-Sport Festival for Businesses and Organizations Takes Place in Okinawa!
Corporate Games started in San Francisco in 1988. Since then, it has been hosted by more than 70 cities...

Introducing Facilities of JNTO Associates

Swissôtel Nankai, Osaka
Swissôtel Nankai, Osaka is a deluxe hotel ideally located in the heart of Namba, Osaka's most exciting entertainment, shopping and dining district...

4 Hours in Matsuyama

Sightseeing in Matsuyama
Castle Tour & Hot Spring Soak: the Best of Old Japan!...

JNTO NEWS

Application Deadline Approaching for Meet Japan 2015!

As part of its initiatives to promote Japan as an international conference destination, JNTO is inviting leading international association executives and core-PCOs to attend the “Hosted Buyers Program – Meet Japan 2015”, which will be held for seven days beginning on March 1, 2015.

The program offers international meeting planners who are intending to hold an international conference in Japan the opportunity to visit convention cities that meet their specifications. This innovative format makes it possible to hold in-person meetings with convention bureaus across Japan, in order to collect information about convention facilities, accommodation, support programmes, sightseeing options, and more.

The participants will be divided among the following five study tour courses, enabling each participant to visit different cities offering a wide selection of attractions: 1. Kobe & Okinawa, 2. Kanazawa & Matsumoto, 3. Okayama & Takamatsu, 4. Okayama & Matsue, 5. Yokohama & Chiba. During the four-day, three-night study tour the participants will visit fully equipped convention facilities and accommodation and experience each city's unique cultural attractions and sightseeing opportunities.

After the separate study tours, on the sixth day all the participants will gather in Tokyo, where they will have the opportunity to hold business discussions with other cities and local convention bureaus not included in the study tour courses. At this event, participants will be able to collect a wide range of information concerning possible international conferences in Japan.

As you weigh up the best choice of venue for your international conference in Japan, JNTO encourages you to visit these beautiful Japanese cities and appreciate in person the high quality of the convention facilities, the wide variety of sightseeing attractions, and the warm hospitality they all have to offer.

For further information about the cities included in the study tour course, visit :
http://www.japanmeetings.org/about-us/meet-japan.php

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What's up in Japan

Three Japanese Scientists Honoured with Nobel Prize in Physics!

On October 7, 2014, three scientists from Japan (Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano, and Shuji Nakamura) were announced as the recipients of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics. That brings the total number of Japanese Nobel Laureates to 22, more than any other country in Asia. Since the turn of the century, a number of Japanese scientists have been awarded this high honour; since 2008, at least one Japanese has won the award every other year. Scientists affiliated with Nagoya University have been especially prominent among these ranks, with two chemistry and four physics laureates between 2001 and 2014.
A great academic environment is one of the qualities making Japan very attractive as a MICE destination. Japan has long been setting the pace with cutting-edge research and development in many industries, and business clusters are found all over the country, offering ample opportunities to arrange technical visits and networking opportunities.

For further information, please visit:
http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/physics/laureates/2014/press.html

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The Natural Choice for Business Events
Greater Tokyo, Chiba's First Promotion Video Targeted at International Event Organisers

Chiba is located on the east side of the Tokyo metropolitan area. It is home to a number of Japan's most important facilities, including Narita International Airport (the leading gateway to Japan), Makuhari Messe (a massive convention centre), the Tokyo Bay Aqua Line (one of the world's longest underwater tunnels), and Tokyo Disney Resort.

The Chiba Convention Bureau and International Center (CCB-IC), expanding its marketing amid intensifying competition in the industry, has made its first promotional video geared towards the foreign market. The video was made to more effectively promote Chiba as an optimal business event destination at industry events such as trade shows and seminars.

With the main purpose being to garner interest in Chiba Prefecture, the promotional video uses video footage, still pictures, and motion graphics to convey Chiba's abundant green space, suitability as a business event destination, meeting facilities, tourist attractions, shopping facilities, leisure facilities, local culinary delicacies, and appealing post-convention activities.

You can view the video at the website below.
Chiba: The Natural Choice for Business Events
http://youtu.be/yLL8DsV_eAw

Chiba Convention Bureau and International Center (CCB-IC)
http://www.ccb.or.jp/e/

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Okinawa Corporate Games
The World's Largest Multi-Sport Festival for Businesses and Organizations Takes Place in Okinawa!
About Corporate Games

Corporate Games started in San Francisco in 1988. Since then, it has been hosted by more than 70 cities worldwide. More than 22,000 companies have sent over 1 million employees to participate.

This multi-sport festival for businesses has no barriers to participation, and was the first of its kind to be open equally, in every respect, to women and men. The Corporate Games welcome everyone without respect to age, gender, and religion; family, friends and clients are also welcome to join in.

Corporate Games in Okinawa

The Okinawa Corporate Games 2015 will be held March 5–8, 2015. With 15 different sporting events on the program and various age categories, there really is something for everyone. There are also numerous celebrations across the weekend for your employees, colleagues and clients to enjoy, including the SuperCentre Registration, which includes gifts and free giveaways, the Grand Parade of Athletes and the Great Games Party.

This is the first time the games have been hosted by Okinawa, and it is an amazing opportunity for local, national and multinational businesses.

Benefits of Corporate Games

- Build employee confidence and loyalty
- Increase name & brand recognition
- Reach new clients, new business opportunities and new customers through sport
- Enhance awareness of company name, product, service, or presence in the community
- Build bonds within your organisation through sport, health, fitness and fun
- Develop contacts with leaders and representatives of national and multinational businesses

The Corporate Games are open to all ages and all levels of ability. The important thing is to take part in something healthy and inspiring, which has benefits both for the employees who participate and their companies. Meeting people from other businesses creates networking opportunities and access to new clients. These Games are truly open to everyone, for the benefit of all.

Make your company and employees among those who have experienced what this multi-sport festival has to offer!

For more information, please see our website or contact us.
URL: https://okinawa.corporategames.jp/en_index.html
Contact: pr-info@corporategames.jp or +81 (0)98 864 2580

Supporting Organization:
Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau (OCVB)
http://www.ocvb.or.jp/en/

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Introducing Facilities of JNTO Associates

Swissôtel Nankai, Osaka

Swissôtel Nankai, Osaka is a deluxe hotel ideally located in the heart of Namba, Osaka's most exciting entertainment, shopping and dining district. The hotel sits above Nankai Railway's Namba Station, offering direct train access to Kansai International Airport and putting major tourist spots such as Kyoto, Nara and Kobe within easy reach.
The 36-story tower has 548 well-appointed guestrooms, including 42 Executive Floor rooms and 28 suites with upgraded amenities including Swiss Executive Club Lounge access. The hotel offers an unrivalled experience, with the ultimate in amenities and in-room technology. Pürovel Spa & Sports offers a selection of spa treatments, fully equipped gym, Jacuzzi, sauna and indoor swimming pool.

For gastronomic pleasures, guests can choose between seven restaurants and a bar. The signature restaurant at the top of the hotel, the Tavola36 Italian Restaurant & Sky Bar, has an international buffet breakfast, a lunch buffet with Italian specialities, an afternoon tea buffet favoured by locals, and southern Italian cuisine for dinner—all, of course, with breathtaking views of Osaka. The 10th floor hosts an array of traditional Asian restaurants, including the Empress Room Chinese Restaurant, Minami Teppanyaki Restaurant, Hana-Goyomi Japanese Restaurant and NAMBAR 10 SPORTS + BEERS. In the lobby, The Lounge serves afternoon tea and evening cocktails, and SH'UN Wine & Dine offers tapas and a broad selection of wines. Swiss Gourmet on the lobby level is the place for homemade pastries, breads and cakes that you can take away.

Conference and business facilities are located on the 7th, 8th, 9th and 35th floors and feature banquet services designed to meet a full spectrum of conference requirements. Suitable for social/cultural events, business functions, meetings, conferences, seminars, weddings and product presentations, the grand ballroom and 17 other multi-function rooms cater to events for as few as 10 and as many as 1,400. Renowned Swiss Meeting Specialists ensure the seamless and successful running of your events.

For a reservation, please contact the hotel directly
via e-mail (RoomSales.Osaka@swissotel.com) or telephone (+81-6-6646-5124)

Swissôtel Nankai, Osaka
http://www.swissotel.com/hotels/nankai-osaka/

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4 Hours in Matsuyama

Sightseeing in Matsuyama

Castle Tour & Hot Spring Soak: the Best of Old Japan!
Start at

[1. Matsuyama Castle] (110 minutes)

Walk 5 minutes

[2. Botchan Train] (10 minutes)

Walk 1 minute

[3. Hojoen Square: Foot Bath & Marionette Clock] (15 minutes)

Walk 1 minute

[4. Stroll Dogo's Shopping Street, Haikara-dori] (30 minutes)

Visit Dogo Onsen Honkan (30 minutes)

Walk 1 minute

[5. Lunch: 40 minutes (1,500 yen)]

Enjoy fresh seafood from the Seto Inland Sea at a local restaurant.

* Group discounts available for various tourist attractions. Combo tickets for streetcar and tourist attractions also available; please enquire for further details.

Option

[Option A: Shikoku Temple Pilgrimage Experience]

Tour of Ishite-ji Temple (#51 on the 88-temple circuit)

[Option B: Sake Brewery Tour]

Minakuchi Shuzo

[Option C: Haiku Tour]

Shiki Museum

- Hit the sightseeing highlights, including Important Cultural Properties and Michelin Guide-starred attractions.
- Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of Old Japan (castles, hot springs, temple pilgrimage, haiku poetry)
- Stroll historic streets, ride the nostalgic streetcar, take a rickshaw

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1. Matsuyama Castle
110 minutes (Admission: 1,020 yen)

A prominent landmark in the heart of the city, Matsuyama Castle merits two stars in the Michelin Japan Guide. It boasts one of just 12 original castle donjons still standing in Japan, and was the last ever to be built in authentic period architectural style. Many of its structures are designated as Important Cultural Properties of Japan. Today it is filled with exhibits of weapons and artifacts, and visitors can even try on samurai armour. The donjon offers sweeping views of the whole city, and even islands in the glittering Seto Inland Sea.

★Invade Matsuyama Castle with your MICE event!
Matsuyama Castle can serve as a truly unique venue for your reception or banquet!

English website:
http://www.city.matsuyama.ehime.jp/lang/en/sightseeing/castle.html#HONMARU

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2. Botchan Train
10 minutes (300 yen)

Natsume Soseki's Botchan, one of Japan's best-loved novels, features a "small, matchbox-like" steam train ridden by the protagonist of the book's title. This became the name of a Matsuyama narrow-gauge steam train, which began service in 1888 and carried passengers for 67 years. The line was restored in 2001 to its present form. Although it originally ran on coal, the restored Botchan Train has a much more environmentally friendly diesel engine, and spews steam rather than smoke from its chimney.

English website:
http://www.iyotetsu.co.jp/bus/busmap/english/

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3. Hojoen Square: Foot Bath and Botchan Karakuri (Marionette) Clock
15 minutes (Free)

In Hojoen Square, right in front of Dogo Onsen Station, is an iron pot once used at the hot spring resort's main building. Now it serves to send hot spring water gurgling into a public foot bath—try soaking your own tired feet if you get a chance! Relics from this ancient hot spring are everywhere around this popular and atmospheric spot.
Also, every hour from 8 am to 10 pm in the square, the Botchan Karakuri (Marionette) Clock puts on a show—clockwork figures enact a scene from the much-loved novel Botchan to the accompaniment of music.

English website:
http://www.city.matsuyama.ehime.jp/lang/en/sightseeing/dogo.html#CLOCK

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4. Dogo Onsen Honkan (Hot Spring Resort Main Bathhouse)
30 minutes (Admission: 410 - 1,550 yen; fee varies depending on bath visited and respective charges for tours and use of facilities)

This is Japan's oldest hot spring bathing resort, with a history stretching back 3,000 years. Not only does it offer superb, natural hot spring water, but the main bathhouse is an architectural gem, designated an Important Cultural Property of Japan. It has three stars in the Michelin Guide to Japan. The resort includes the Yushinden, a spectacular villa with bathing facilities formerly for the exclusive use of the Imperial Family. After changing into your yukata bathrobe, relax over tea and Japanese-style confections, and then see the sights of Dogo Onsen the old-fashioned way: from a rickshaw. Or just stroll Dogo Haikara-dori Street, which runs from Dogo Onsen Station to the Dogo Onsen Honkan and is lined with shops selling souvenirs and local delicacies of Matsuyama and the rest of Ehime Prefecture. It's like a retail extension of the resort itself, where crowds of onsen guests walk and shop, decked out in their resort robes.

English website:
http://www.city.matsuyama.ehime.jp/lang/en/sightseeing/dogo.html#HONKAN

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Option A: Shikoku Temple Pilgrimage Experience
Ishite-ji Temple (#51 on the 88-temple circuit) Tour

This temple is #51 on Shikoku's famous 88-temple pilgrimage route. Among the highlights are the Nio Gate, a National Treasure of Japan, and the main worship hall and pagoda, which are Important Cultural Properties.

You might also get to experience an ancient hospitality custom: local residents often provide food and drink, gifts, and even lodging to people on the pilgrimage route.

English website:
http://www.city.matsuyama.ehime.jp/lang/en/sightseeing/pilgrimage.html#ISHITEJI

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Option B: Sake Brewery Experience
Minakuchi Shuzo Tour (Admission: Free)

Dogo Beer is a local craft brew made using pure local groundwater and locally grown "naked barley". It's perfect after a soak in a hot spring bath. Brewery tours to observe the beer (or sake) making process can be arranged. On display at the brewery are implements used in sake brewing, as well as an ornately decorated portable Shinto shrine carried around town during the local autumn festival. The adjoining restaurant, Nikitsu-an, is a perfect spot for sipping sake.

English website:
http://www.pref.ehime.jp/chu99914/navi/route1/en_index.html

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Option C: Haiku Tour
Matsuyama City Shiki Memorial Museum (Admission: 400 yen)

This museum is dedicated to Masaoka Shiki, a major figure in the development of modern haiku poetry. The museum guides visitors in five languages: Japanese, English, German, Korean and Chinese.

Sightseeing information about the museum:
http://www.city.matsuyama.ehime.jp/lang/en/sightseeing/shiki.html#SHIKIHAKU
Museum website in English:
http://sikihaku.lesp.co.jp/information/english/index.php

For further information about Matsuyama, please visit:
Matsuyama Sightseeing Guide Book:
http://www.mcvb.jp/lng/convention/english/book.php
Matsuyama Convention and Visitors Bureau:
http://www.mcvb.jp/lng/convention/english/

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