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Himeji is located in the southwest part of Hyogo Prefecture, and has long flourished as a crucial transportation hub. Bordered to the north by the Chugoku Mountains and to the south by the Seto Inland Sea, the city enjoys a rich natural atmosphere.
A beautiful townscape centered around Himeji-jo Castle (a national treasure and World Heritage site) unfolds from the steps of JR/Sanyo Himeji Station. With various convention facilities, tourism facilities, accommodations, restaurants and souvenir shops in the area around the castle and stations, Himeji is an international tourism city that attracts both domestic and foreign visitors.
HCVB provides support for all aspects of conventions held in Himeji, where historical culture and cutting-edge technology coexist.


Kansai International Airport→Himeji Station:Approx. 120 min. by limousine bus
Itami Airport→Himeji Station:Approx. 80 min. by limousine bus
Tokyo Station→Himeji Station:Approx. 180 min. by train (Shinkansen)
Osaka Station→Himeji Station:Approx. 60 min. by train (JR Special Rapid)

Venues overview

  Facility Rooms
Hotel 29 4,579
Ryokan 21 411
Total 50 4,990


Himeji Convention & Visitors Bureau

Pre-/Post-Convention Programs

Shoshazan Engyo-ji Temple
Shoshazan Engyo-ji Temple
RIKEN SPring-8 Center
RIKEN SPring-8 Center
  • Shoshazan Engyo-ji Temple
    This extraordinary head temple of Tendai Buddhism was opened in 966 by Shoku Shonin, and is also referred to as the Mt. Hiei-zan of the west. The verdant, quiet temple grounds of the 27th of the 33 sacred Buddhist temples of western Japan has become a hot spot in recent years after serving as a filming location for long-running historical dramas and Hollywood movies.
  • RIKEN SPring-8 Center
    SPring-8, the world’s leading large synchrotron radiation facility, and SACRA, an X-ray free electron laser facility. Gain an inside view of research facilities like few others in the world.

Support Programs for Convention

Support for bidding process
Category Type of Support Availability Languages
Site inspection Arranging an inspection trip for site selection
Support for hosting/preparation
Category Type of Support Availability Languages
PR Support for encouraging participation in the event
Supporting other PR activities
Conference and event preparation Providing information on PCOs, travel agencies and event management companies
Providing information on reception venues (including unique venues)
Providing information on related programs (local attractions, traditional performing arts, post-convention programs, sightseeing and hands-on experiences with Japanese culture for persons accompanying conference participants)
Providing tourism information
Requesting nominal support
Coordinating with relevant organizations
Conference and event operation Arranging reception venues (including unique venues)
Arranging volunteers
Setting up an information desk
Providing maps/guidebooks for participants English, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean, French, German, Italian, Thai, Spanish
Arranging shuttle buses
Providing convention bags
Hospitality Welcome posters and digital signage
Welcome message by the head of the local government
Providing discount tickets to tourist facilities
Providing discounts on public transportation
Dispatching tourism ambassadors
Related programs Making arrangements for attractions and traditional performing arts
Making arrangements for post-convention programs
Making arrangements for sightseeing and hands-on experiences of Japanese culture for persons accompanying conference participants
Arranging tour interpreters and guides

Support Programs for Incentive Travel

Support for Promoting Incentive Travel
Type of Support Availability
Site inspection support (provision of accommodation, food, tourist activities)
Creation of draft proposals, providing information
Support During Incentive Travel
Type of Support Availability
Airport transfer services -
Welcome banners
Chartered transport (e.g. coaches)
Prepaid cards for public transport -
Venues (MICE facilities, unique venues)
Event management services
Recruiting volunteers to assist at events -
Excursions, technical visits etc.
Attractions, entertainment etc.
Experience programs
Local cuisine, traditional cuisine
Greeting at airport or station -
Greeting or welcome letter from local government head -
Travel brochures -
Discount coupons -
Giveaways -