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Meet Japan 2010 -An Invitation to Asia’s Greatest Meeting Destination.

JNTO invites association executives and international meeting planners to promote Japan as an international convention destination under the Hosted Buyers Program “Meet Japan” every year. The next occasion, Meet Japan 2010, is scheduled for the week from February 25, 2010.

Meet Japan has been running for over 15 years and is a great opportunity for participants who are planning to hold an international conference in Japan in the near future to inspect candidate cities that suit their requirements and gather first-hand information about convention and tourist amenities.

Why not take this chance to check for yourself the beautiful scenery of Japan, the fully equipped convention facilities, the fascinating sightseeing spots and the warm hospitality that Japan has to offer if you decide to hold your conference and meeting here?

Program Outline

Name: Hosted Buyers Program "Meet Japan 2010"
Dates: February 25 - March 4, 2010
Participant Qualifications:
1. President, secretary general or member of the site selection committee of an international organization
2. An international organization which has a Japanese branch or members who are actively seeking to hold a meeting in Japan
Application Deadline:
Tuesday, December 22, 2009 (JST)

For further details, see the Meet Japan 2010 website:

http://www.jnto.go.jp/MI/eng/MJ/MJ_2010.html
The application form can be downloaded from the above website.
This Program is supported by Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways.


http://www.jal.co.jp/en/


http://www.ana.co.jp/eng/

Debut for “JNTO Travel Planner”!

To make your travel as smooth and easy as possible, JNTO introduced a route search engine, the "JNTO Travel Planner," on its homepage in May, 2009.

“JNTO Travel Planner” is now available in three languages – English, Chinese (traditional characters) and Korean – and is the first such service to cover the whole country with web map tools in these three languages. When planning a meeting or an excursion, “JNTO Travel Planner” is a smooth and convenient way to research travel routes, available public transportation, ticket costs, travel times and more. Give it a try!

JNTO English site:
http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/

JNTO Korean site:
http://www.welcometojapan.or.kr

JNTO Chinese site (traditional characters):
http://www.welcome2japan.hk

What’s Up in Japan

Introducing Mt. Fuji Shizuoka Airport to the World.

On June 4, 2009 a new international airport was unveiled in the scenic city of Shizuoka, at the foot of Mt. Fuji.

International routes include daily flights to Seoul by Korean Air and Asiana Airlines, and 4 flights per week to Shanghai by China Eastern Airlines. JAL, ANA and Fuji Dream Airlines (FDA) connect Shizuoka to Sapporo, Kanazawa, Fukuoka, Kumamoto, Kagoshima and Naha(Okinawa) in just an hour or two. Convenient buses link the airport to the convention cities of Shizuoka and Hamamatsu.

Thanks to the new airport both meetings and pleasant after-convention trips to the gorgeous scenery around Mt. Fuji have come much closer.

Mt. Fuji Shizuoka Airport:
http://www.mtfuji-shizuokaairport.jp/english/

Shizuoka Convention & Visitors Bureau:
http://www.shizuoka-cvb.or.jp/convention/scbEng/indexe.html

Hamamatsu Visitors & Convention Bureau:
http://hamamatsu-daisuki.net/hamacon/en/

Access to Tokyo from Narita Airport Becomes Faster and More Comfortable.

Transportation from Narita Airport to central Tokyo is about to become more convenient and comfortable. The Keisei Skyliner, one of the main links between the airport and the capital, will upgrade both its cars and its route to the downtown terminal in Nippori, shortening the travel time by 15 minutes to just 36 minutes. And it’s not just the speed: every little detail from the seats and the luggage storage to the restrooms in the new cars have been designed by Kansai Yamamoto, one of Japan’s leading designers, for functionality and passenger comfort as well as a great look.

Meanwhile, JR’s Narita Express/NEX, which connects the airport to Tokyo and Yokohama, will introduce new cars in October this year, giving passengers a flavor of the speedy and comfortable Shinkansen bullet trains. Using the popular “Suica & NEX” combination ticket, available at Narita Airport Station, makes the NEX journey even cheaper.

At Tokyo’s other airport, the more centrally located Haneda, a new international terminal building and a new runway will open October 2010, expanding its traffic from mainly domestic routes to scheduled flights to major cities in Asia, Europe and the Americas. With the international network reaching even further and airport access getting ever more convenient, coming to Tokyo and Yokohama is now so easy!

Greetings (Maido!) from Osaka!!

- The word of mouth of Raymond R. Tait lll, Director of Revenue & Marketing ,Swissôtel Nankai Osaka -

The Kitchen of Japan and center of Kansai are important accolades for Osaka to have but it is also the people that give this vibrant city its charm. There is a certain business-like warmth that comes in every greeting here.

Surrounded by cultural significance and stunning scenery makes the unique offer in Osaka virtually irresistible. From ever-popular nationally recognized local cuisine like "Okonomiyaki" - Savory Japanese style meal size pancake served on a griddle in front of you. My personal favorite Okonomiyaki Restaurant is called "CHIBO" and can be found in several locations throughout Osaka. A commonplace in almost every shopping arcade or street is "Takoyaki" Octopus encased flour doe topped with your favorite sauces and again cooked right in front of you and most commonly eaten on the go!!

Besides my own backyard, the other place that is somewhat off the beaten track is the area around "Tsutenkaku" Southern Osaka's Tower from yesteryear but still a popular local attraction standing next to the zoo. Surrounding the Tower are reasonably price tourist standard merchandising and the famed "Kushikatsu" Eateries. Kushikatsu are a wide variety of meats and vegetables skewered and Deep Fried, this is NOT Tempura but a great cheaper alternative.....remember the local eating etiquette and only dip once into the shared sauceboats!!

Lastly, for that stunning surround night view; one cannot beat Tavola36 Restaurant & Sky Bar sitting proudly atop of the Swissôtel Nankai Osaka. This Landmark Building sits directly above the Nankai Railway Line's main Namba station and the gateway to Southern Osaka. The 548 room five star hotel with some nine different restaurants is a reliable venue any night of the week, especially for that wiry traveler looking for an all English Menu and smart efficient Swiss service in English and several other languages for that matter besides Japanese of course.

Swissôtel Nankai Osaka

Conveniently located in the heart of Osaka just above Namba railway station, Swissôtel Nankai Osaka is directly connected to Kansai International Airport by train and only steps away from the city's business, cultural and entertainment districts.

Swissôtel Nankai Osaka offers 548 exquisitely furnished and stylishly functional guestrooms including 13 suites. Amrita Spa tempts with a full selection of massage and spa treatments to relax and refresh while a fully equipped gym and in-door lap pool provide ample workout choices. For gastronomic pleasures, guests can choose from nine restaurants and bars - Tavola36 Italian Restaurant & Sky Bar, La Tour French Restaurant, Empress Room Chinese Restaurant, Minami Teppanyaki Restaurant, Hana-Goyomi Japanese Restaurant, Sh'un Kushiage and Wine, Café Swiss for all day dining, The Lounge for afternoon tea and evening cocktails and Mela Café for light meals and freshly baked pastries, breads and cakes.

To meet a full spectrum of conference and banquet needs, Swissôtel Nankai Osaka boasts one grand ballroom, two wedding chapels, a Shinto shrine, a Japanese tea ceremony room and 17 multi-function rooms; which can cater for a capacity of 10 to 1400 people.

Contact us
RE: Special "FULL Residential Stay OFFER" with Great inclusive PRICE!

For further information, please visit
http://www.swissotel.com/osaka


Mr. Tait


Swissôtel Nankai Osaka


Swiss Advantage Room


Naniwa Grand Ballroom


Tavola36 Italian Restaurant & Sky Bar


Minami Teppanyaki Restaurant

Cultural Experiences – Get in Touch with the Essence of Japan

Last year, 8.3 million foreign visitors experienced Japan’s magnificent scenery, traditional culture, delicious food, great shopping and warm hospitality. Did you know that there are plenty of special programs that let you try many of Japan’s unique arts and customs ?

Kimono Experience
Kimonos are the famous traditional clothes of Japan. This program teaches you everything about kimonos, from the manufacturing and dyeing of kimono cloth to fitting, and lets you try on two kinds of Kimonos: the gorgeous and expensive long-sleeved kimonos that nowadays are almost only worn for weddings and other formal occasions, and lighter, cotton summer yukata, that are increasingly popular among young people. Don’t miss out on this chance for an unforgettable experience!

Make Your Own Sushi!
When you go to a sushi restaurant and look at the chef molding sushi, it looks so easy. However, if you try it for yourself, you’ll soon notice that not only do your own sushi look different, they don’t taste the same either. But why is it that the flavor changes with how the sushi are rolled? Here is your chance to find out. Increasing your knowledge about sushi will open up new dimensions of taste as well!

Taiko Drumming
Drums were the first human percussion instruments. The sound of the drum reaches the deepest part of the soul, it is the very rhythm of life. A lesson in Japanese taiko drumming will open up a new perspective on the world of drums. As soon as you feel the drum with your whole body, you will know that it is far more than just an instrument. Drumming can be fun and entertaining, but it is also a great way to relax!

Want to be a Ninja or a Samurai?
Ninja are often depicted as having almost supernatural skills in combat, stealth and secrecy, but what were they really like? In this program, modern Japanese ninja and samurai show you how to fight with Japanese swords, throw shuriken, and more. By trying the various weapons for yourself, you will get a better understanding of their different characteristics.

HIS Experience:
http://hisexperience.jp

JTB SUNRISE TOURS:
http://www.jtb-sunrisetours.jp/JTB.SunriseTours/FrontEnd/

Nishijin Tondaya:
http://www.tondaya.co.jp/English/indexE.htm

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