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Application deadline approaching for Meet Japan 2011

As part of its initiatives to promote Japan as an international conference destination, JNTO is inviting international convention decision makers to attend “Hosted Buyers Program – Meet Japan 2011”, which will be held for seven days from February 24, 2011.

The program offers international meeting planners who are planning to hold an international conference in Japan the opportunity to visit Convention Cities all over the country that meet the specifications of their event. This makes it possible to hold personal meetings with convention bureaus in order to collect information about convention facilities, accommodations, sightseeing options, support programs, such as subsidy systems, etc.

To find more details and information on how to apply, please visit the following website, which will remain open until December 22:
Meet Japan 2011

http://www.jnto.go.jp/MI/eng/MJ/MJ_2011.html

Meet Japan 2010

Please come and see us at the Japan Booth!

JNTO will be participating in two major trade fairs in Asia and Europe: the KOREA MICE EXPO and EIBTM, which received 8,170 visitors in 2009, the biggest number ever. We hope to see you at the Japan Booth.

1) KOREA MICE EXPO (KME 2010)
Venue: Coex/Convention and Exhibition Center (Seoul, Korea)
Date: November 24 (Wed.) – 25(Thu.), 2010
URL:http://www.koreamice.kr/eng/eng_main.asp
Booth:#B11
2) EIBTM2010 (The European Incentive & Business Travel & Meetings Exhibition)
Venue:Fira Gran via (Barcelona, Spain)
Date: November 30 (Tue.) – December 2 (Thu.), 2010
URL:http://www.eibtm.com/
Booth:#D700
Meeting Planners Invitation Program

From Sunday, October 3 to Saturday, October 9, 2010, an invitation program for European and North American meeting planners was conducted, sponsored by the Japan Tourism Agency in cooperation with JNTO. The eight participants on the tour, four each from Europe and the U.S.A., visited the cities of Tokyo, Yokohama and Kyoto. With the help of the convention bureaus in each city, they paid inspection visits to MICE facilities and were introduced to various plans for experiencing Japanese culture.

One of the participants from the United States, Ms. Kim Hester of JNR Incorporated—a company that organizes incentive tours—gave us the following comments.

1. What were your impressions of Japan?
I was extremely impressed with the safety and comfort of traveling in Japan. The selection of deluxe, incentive caliber hotels is outstanding, the bullet train is quick and efficient, and all the people I came in contact with during my visit could not have been more welcoming and gracious. Japan has indeed set a very high standard for hospitality!

2. Has this trip been useful regarding your decision to visit Japan again?
This trip was very helpful in proving to me that Japan is a wonderful incentive caliber destination. There is a great variety of activities and cultural programs to choose from and plenty of unique venues for evening events. The addition of international flights to the Haneda Airport makes Tokyo even more accessible from the United States and greatly shortens the transfer from the airport to downtown Tokyo. I am looking forward to a return trip to Japan soon!

Ms.Kim Hester(third from right)

What’s Up in Japan

Tokyo has become much closer!

The new international terminal at Tokyo International Airport (Haneda) was opened on October 21, 2010. It features 105 shops, including many restaurants and souvenir shops, and a reconstruction of a traditional Japanese townscape of Edo, the old name for Tokyo. Shops selling products unique to Japan, such as tenugui cotton towels and anime-related miscellaneous goods, offer customers a chance to experience the Japanese cultural mix of the old and the new. The new terminal also

offers many amusement facilities, such as an observation deck, a planetarium, and a racing circuit for mini cars, as well as massage services, and there are cafes in each facility. Time will fly by for transit passengers, so please take care not to be late for your connecting flight!

We hope you will enjoy your transit time transferring from international to domestic flights, as well as a wide variety of journeys to destinations all over Japan. The following cities have so far been fixed as international flight destinations.

New Flight Services 
Europe: Paris, London (from Feb 2011)
North America: New York, Los Angles, San Francisco, Detroit (from Feb 2011),
Vancouver (from Jan 2011)
Asia: Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Taipei, Seoul, Bangkok, Malaysia, Singapore

Haneda Airport (Edo Koji alley)

Hands-on Programs in Japan (Tokyo)

Visit Japan, Feel Japan!

We have good news to those who are considering post-convention programs and spouse programs in Tokyo. Your time in Tokyo may be limited, but in just a few hours in the morning, you can visit both Tsukiji—“The Kitchen of Japan”—and Asakusa, where you can experience a time slip back to the Edo period of more than 150 years ago.

The morning starts very early at Tsukiji, Japan’s biggest and liveliest wholesale market, but it’s a place well worth experiencing. At the tuna auction, the fish of all sizes lined up on the ground are priced one after another, and the trading is so rapid and exciting that no words of explanation are needed. For safety reasons and to avoid interrupting the work operations, visitor entry into the auctioning area is limited to 140 visitors per day. Reception starts at 4:30 A.M. on a first-come, first-served basis. So if you’re confident of your ability to get up early, please visit the Tsukiji Market auction! You can check the following homepage for further details:

Tsukiji Wholesale Market:
http://www.shijou.metro.tokyo.jp/press/22/images/guidance2.pdf

Tsukiji Market

Note:

The inner auctioning area will be closed to visitors from December 1 to January 22 to avoid interfering with the upsurge in transactions during the busy year-end and New Year period. It will be reopened on Monday, January 24, 2011. The outer wholesale area will be open to visitors as usual from 9:00 A.M.

If you are not quite such an early bird, the experience of having breakfast at one of the many sushi restaurants near the Tsukiji Market is highly recommended. Most of them open at 6:00 A.M., by which time a queue has often formed at the most popular ones. So even if you’re not in time to observe the tuna auction, the next best thing is to start the day with a “sushi breakfast”!

After breakfast, you may want to return to your hotel for a brief break. Or, if you’re not feeling tired, you can go straight to Asakusa and pay a visit to Sensoji Temple—famous for its Kaminarimon Thunder Gate—before it gets crowded.

And from 10:00 A.M., you can visit “Asakusa Jidaiya”, just five minutes on foot from Sensoji Temple, where you can change into a kimono or a yukata (summer kimono) and take a 30-minute ride around the Asakusa district in a rickshaw. Changing clothes and taking photos takes about one hour, so it’s possible to complete the Asakusa Jidaiya program in a couple of hours.

(Reservations are required by the previous day. Closed on Tuesdays) Please visit the following homepage for further details.

Asakusa Jidaiya:
http://www.jidaiya.biz/

Asakusa(Jidaiya)

If you want to eat lunch in Asakusa, tempura is a popular choice. And if you have plenty of time, how about returning to central Tokyo by boat? Enjoy a 35-minute cruise down the Sumida River to Hamarikyu Gardens with a pleasant comfortable breeze.

Tokyo Cruise Ship:
http://www.suijobus.co.jp/price/index.html

If you have more time to spend in Asakusa, you can try a “kimekomi” experience at Kyugetsu, one of the leading long-established Japanese doll shops. Kimekomi is a traditional Japanese craft; small items are produced by pasting beautiful Japanese material on to a wooden mold, with grooves at the position where the material is pasted. It only takes five to ten minutes to create a lovely product like a small ball. The main Kyugetsu Asakusa store has a shop on the first floor selling dolls as well as a classroom on the third floor that can accommodate about 30 people. It’s possible to arrange a partners’ program, for example, with half the group visiting the shop downstairs while the other half are creating something upstairs. If you’re interested in a hands-on cultural experience, please consider including kimekomi in your program.

"Kyugetsu":
http://www.kyugetsu.com/english/index.html

Kyugetsu (Kimekomi)

Kimekomi(Temari)

Hotel Update

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Opening Sheraton Hiroshima Hotel in Spring 2011

Sheraton Hiroshima Hotel, boasting one of the tallest buildings in the city of Hiroshima, will open in the spring of 2011. It will offer a direct connection to JR Hiroshima Station and the office buildings attached to it will provide further convenience.

Sheraton Hiroshima Hotel will have 238 rooms in total, including suites, a lobby lounge, a bar, a banquet space with an area of 700 square meters, a wedding chapel and four eating and drinking establishments, including two restaurants. The comfort of your stay will be enhanced by features such as an indoor pool, a health club, “Link@Sheraton”—the Sheraton brand communication space providing all the functions of a business center—and, for the first time in a hotel in the Hiroshima area, a full-service spa facility.

The Sheraton Hiroshima Hotel is operated by Starwood Hotels & Resorts, which controls all the Sheraton and Westin brand facilities. There are already seven Sheraton brand hotels in Japan: Sheraton Sapporo Hotel, Sheraton Grande Tokyo Bay Hotel, Sheraton Miyako Hotel Tokyo, Yokohama Bay Sheraton Hotel & Towers, Sheraton Miyako Hotel Osaka, Kobe Bay Sheraton Hotel & Towers, and Sheraton Grande Ocean Resort. With the opening of the Sheraton Hiroshima Hotel, the group will operate a total of fourteen hotels around Japan.

The city of Hiroshima is well known at home and abroad, and its name is widely recognized as a symbol of world peace. Many tourists visit its many sites, including Hiroshima Prefecture’s two World Heritage site: the Atomic Bomb Memorial Dome and Itsukushima Shrine on the island of Miyajima. Hiroshima Airport, located about 45 minutes by car from the city center, provides not only many domestic flights but also international flights to Seoul, Guam, Bangkok, Taipei, Shanghai, Beijing and Dalian.

In addition to these services, access to the whole of the country has become much easier with the recent increase in the number of regular international flights using Haneda Airport (Tokyo). We hope you will enjoy visiting the great variety of Japanese regional cities which have now become much closer, in addition to the new international services.

On August 1 this year, the 292-room The Westin Sendai opened in Sendai, the biggest city in the Tohoku Region that is often called “the City of Trees” because of the rich blessings of nature it enjoys.

And on October 1, the 159-room St. Regis Osaka opened in Osaka, the city known for its rich dietary culture.

Please access the following websites for further details.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Preferred Planner Program
http://www.starwoodhotels.com/meetings/preferred_planner/index.html

Hiroshima(Itsukushima Shrine)

Major hotels opened in 2010

The Westin Sendai (August 1, 2010)
http://www.starwoodhotels.com/westin/property/overview/index.html?language=en_US&propertyID=3453

The St. Regis Osaka(October 1, 2010)
http://www.starwoodhotels.com/stregis/search/hotel_detail.html?propertyID=3198

The Capitol Hotel Tokyu(October 22, 2010)
http://www.capitolhoteltokyu.com/en/top.html 

Japan’s Leading Business Hotel 2010: Prestigious Travel Awards Win for Swissôtel Nankai Osaka

Swissôtel Nankai Osaka is proud to announce the receipt of the prestigious “Japan’s Leading Business Hotel 2010” award at the World Travel Awards Ceremony held in Delhi, India on 15 October, 2010.

The World Travel Awards Asia & Australasia Ceremony brought together the industry’s elite, including CEOs and directors of leading travel companies, government ministers and tourist board chiefs to celebrate the 2010 winners. These awards are recognized globally as the foremost recognition of excellence in product and service worldwide. This year’s results were based on an independent vote by 185,000 travel agents and tourism professionals in over 200 countries.

Swissôtel Nankai Osaka was designated as “Japan’s Leading Business Hotel 2010”, ahead of 11 other nominated prestigious hotels. The deluxe hotel with 548 guestrooms and suites is ideally located at the very heart of the most energetic quarter of Osaka. It’s directly connected to Kansai International Airport by train and only steps away from the city's business, cultural and entertainment districts. The hotel offers excellent accommodation and a wealth of facilities, including 9 restaurants and bars, 18 function rooms that can cater for up to 1,400 people, and the Amrita Spa that provides a wide range of relaxation treatments.

Swissôtel Nankai Osaka site:
http://www.swissotel.com/EN/Destinations/Japan/Swissotel+Nankai/Hotel+Home/Hotel+Description

The ST.REGIS OSAKA

Swissôtel Nankai Osaka

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