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Located between the Rokko mountain mange and the Seto inland sea, the historical port city of Kobe has been embracing foreign cultures since the 9th century, giving the city a unique international flavour. Through its port, Kobe became a city of many “Japan firsts,” and to this day, a strong international influence can be seen in the city though its unique food culture, that includes the world-famous Kobe beef and Nada sake, and an eclectic mix of Japanese and late 19th century Western architecture. Present day Kobe is home to 1.52 million people from 137 nations, and one of Asia largest medical clusters, the Kobe Biomedical Innovation Cluster. Playing host to over 370 organisations, the cluster, has given rise to cutting edge technical advancements, including the world’s most powerful supercomputer, “Fugaku,” and game changing regenerative medicine research and application using iPS cells. In the mountains, just above the city, the mineral rich waters of the Arima Hots Springs have provided a place of rest and recuperation since the 8th century. Kobe is dynamic city that combines the best of old and new Japan, with a unique international twist.


Kansai International Airport→Kobe Airport:Approx. 30 min. by high-speed boat (Bay Shuttle Ferry)
Kansai International Airport→Sannomiya:Approx. 60 min. by limousine bus
Itami Airport→Sannomiya:Approx. 40 min. by limousine bus
Tokyo Station→Shin-Kobe Station:2 hr. 40 min. by train (Shinkansen Nozomi)

Venues overview

  Facility Rooms
Hotel 85 14,239
Ryokan 11 708
Total 96 14,947



Pre-/Post-Convention Programs

Arima Geiko Entertainment
Arima Geiko Entertainment

Climb the world's longest suspension bridge, go on technical tours of the city's key industries, and a range of other cultural experiences with a focus on networking and teambuilding.
・Traditional/cultural experiences:Taste sake and watch traditional craftsmanship at a historical brewery, tour a Japanese whiskey distillery, experience Gagaku, the music of the imperial court, interact with authentic Geisha in Arima, go on a hike and experience Zazen meditation.
・Teambuilding: Try a traditional Japanese summer festival dance on a cruise ship, attend a disaster preparedness workshop or an SDGs focused program on co-creation, recycling, and diversity.
・Technical site/Medical tours: Climb the Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge, tour an airplane parts manufacturer, and visit cutting-edge medical facilities.

4 Hours in Kobe

Recent Trends in Regional Industry and Research in Kobe

Medicine: Regenerative Medicine and Rehabilitation

Medicine: Regenerative Medicine and Rehabilitation

As a reconstruction project following the Great Hanshin and Awaji Earthquake in 1995, Kobe has promoted the “medical industry city concept Ein the aim of developing a cluster of medical research institutes and corporations.
Research facilities such as the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology (CDB) and the Institute of Biomedical Research and Innovation (IBRI), which conducts translational research, have been established on Port Island, an area of reclaimed land between central Kobe and Kobe Airport. These facilities are engaged in world-leading research on regenerative medicine and other fields, including the world’s first use of iPS cells for a retina sheet transplant.
At the end of fiscal 2014, Kobe was home to offices of 292 domestic and international companies working in the medical field, employing 6,700 people and creating the largest medical industry cluster in Japan.
The city also supports companies working to develop rehabilitation robots for the nursing sector so as to promote and establish a rehabilitation robot industry.

Computational Science and Graphics Technology

Computational Science and Graphics Technology

Kobe is a thriving center of research and development for computational science and the graphics technologies that utilize advanced computational techniques. The K Computer, located in the RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science (AICS) on Port Island, is at the heart of this work. The K Computer was ranked No.1 in the world for computational capability in 2011.
These technologies are being utilized in many fields in Kobe. Examples include a heart simulator that is helping to devise new heart disease treatments, screening of new candidate agents in the drug discovery process, and new product development for local manufacturing industries.
By 2020 the Japanese government plans to install an exascale supercomputer 100 times more powerful than the K Computer at AICS (at a total project cost of around 130 billion yen). Further developments in computational science and graphics capability are eagerly anticipated.

Disaster Risk Reduction

Disaster Risk Reduction

The Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution has been to established in Kobe to commemorate the 1995 Great Hanshin and Awaji Earthquake, ensure that experiences and lessons from the disaster are passed on to future generations, and to provide a focal point for domestic and international efforts to reduce disaster risk.
As part of a worldwide network of disaster risk reduction research centers, the institute conducts a wide range of research into disasters and their prevention and reduction, covering not only earthquakes and tsunami, but also other phenomena such as sudden downpours causing extensive damage.

Support Programs for Convention

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

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
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