September 2009



The highly unknown and eye-popping Tottori sakyuu, or sand dunes, offer a drastic contrast to the otherwise forest-and plain-covered terrain of Japan. Created over 100,000 years ago by sediment deposits from the Chugoku mountain range and Sendai River, the sand dunes also feature a sand museum, filled with sand sculptures of famous UNESCO World Heritage sites in Asia, which could add something unique to your next meeting or event.

©Tottori Prefecture / ©JNTO

International Conference on Promoting Low-Carbon Cities 2009

Yokohama, one of Japan’s Eco-Model Cities, is due to host.

WINC AICHI’s Grand Opening

WINC AICHI, a new multi-purpose convention center, is about to           open in Nagoya.

Fall Events in Japan

A listing of the major international trade shows being held this fall           in Japan.

Kyoto Winter Special 2010

Experience Kyoto amidst the magic that only winter can offer.

Visit our MICE Website!

Keep updated on Japan conventions, MICE news, hotel and travel           deals and more!

International Conference on Promoting Low-Carbon Cities 2009

Yokohama, one of Japan’s Eco-Model Cities, is due to host.

On October 5, 2009, the International Conference on Promoting Low-Carbon Cities will be held by the Promotion Council for Low Carbon Cities at the PACIFICO YOKOHAMA Conference Center as part of the larger "Eco-Model City Initiative" advanced by the Japanese government’s Regional Revitalization Headquarters.

The Headquarters was established in response to former Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda’s instructions to integrate the implementation systems of four headquarters-the Urban Renaissance Headquarters, the Headquarters for the Promotion of Special Zones for Structural Reform, the Headquarters for the Regional Revitalization, and the Headquarters for Revitalization of Central Urban Districts-and to compile a comprehensive strategy under the policy of "carrying out policies in a coordinated and comprehensive manner, by integrating the implementation systems established under the Cabinet and creating a system to plan and implement strategy for regional revitalization in an integrated way," which was outlined in Prime Minister Fukuda’s policy speech as a response to the issue of "disparities" between rural areas and cities.

The Minato Mirai 21 area of Yokohama, including the PACIFICO YOKOHAMA in the center.

The Promotion Council for Low Carbon Cities was formed by the Headquarters in December 2008 and is made up of over 147 private groups, municipalities, prefectures and governmental ministries and organizations. The Council has put forth stringent challenges to 13 cities in Japan (Shimokawa, Obihiro, Chiyoda, Yokohama, Iida, Toyota, Toyama, Kyoto, Sakai, Yusuhara, Kitakyushu, Minamata and Miyakojima) to lower their carbon emissions, pursue sustainable policies, and revitalize the sense of community in Japan. Furthermore, the event is expected to be attended by various Eco-Model Cities outside of Japan, including Copenhagen, Hamburg, Portland, Stockholm, Dalian, and environmental delegates from France and the European Commission.

The event will explore the status of the Eco-Model City Initiative, explore the various policies and projects in each of the 13 cities, and review the best practices discovered. The conference is admission free, and everyone from the most learned professional to the most unknowing citizen may attend, although the lunch reception does have a nominal fee of ¥2000 (about $20).
For more information:
Conference website: http://www.icplcc2009.org/eng/index.html.
Regional Revitalization Headquarters (Japanese only): http://www.kantei.go.jp/jp/singi/tiiki/.

WINC AICHI’s Grand Opening

WINC AICHI, a new multi-purpose convention center, is about to open in Nagoya.

With the opening of Centrair, the Central Japan International Airport in 2005, both domestic and international access to Nagoya City improved by leaps and bounds, and the city has been in vogue ever since as a conference city and incentive tour destination. Now WINC AICHI, a new convention center, is opening right in front of Nagoya Station this October.


It is equipped with several multi-purpose halls (one large hall with 800 seats, and two smaller halls with 300 seats each), 49 conference rooms, a business center, restaurants and everything else you’d expect from a multi-functional, advanced facility.

Nagoya Congress Center
©zetton inc.

The city has plenty of other world class conference facilities and accommodations, such as the Nagoya Congress Center, Hilton Nagoya, Nagoya Kanko Hotel, Nagoya Marriott Associa Hotel, Nagoya Tokyu Hotel, Westin Nagoya Castle, but it is also famous for several other, more unique convention venues.

Next to the Tokugawa Art Museum, which houses a collection of implements that used to belong to the Tokugawa family of feudal lords, is Tokugawaen, a Japanese garden with a multi-purpose hall. Another interesting venue is the Nagoya Noh Theatre in front of Nagoya Castle, which is celebrating its 400th anniversary next year. Based on the theme of the traditional Japanese Noh theater, this building is fully equipped with conference rooms and facilities for simultaneous interpretation as well as restaurants, and is very popular among meeting and incentive planners looking for a unique, "only in Japan" kind of location.

In the past few years, Nagoya has hosted a large number of major international conferences, including the 2004 ITS (Intelligent Transportation Systems) World Congress, Expo 2005 Aichi, and the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 10) will be held in October 2010.

Fall Events in Japan

A listing of the major international trade shows being held this fall in Japan.

Corporate meetings and incentive tours can be made more attractive by incorporating relevant trade fairs into the itinerary.
Here are the major trade shows scheduled this fall which are expecting a large number of exhibitors and visitors.

Tokyo Game Show Cutting-Edge IT & Electronics
Comprehensive Exhibition (CEATEC) Japan 2009
Tokyo Motor Show Aerospace Industry Exhibition Tokyo (ASET) 2009
Thursday, September 24 -
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Tuesday, October 6 -
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Friday, October 23 -
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Wednesday, November 4 -
Friday, November 6, 2009
Makuhari Messe, Chiba Makuhari Messe, Chiba Makuhari Messe, Chiba Tokyo Big Sight, Tokyo
An international video game show with visitors from across the globe, including Japan, Korea, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Russia, Canada, USA and Australia. Look for exhibits and demonstrations of the latest game machines, software, mobile phone games, online games, and more.
The largest international exhibition in Asia for imaging, information and communications technologies. Leading IT and electronics businesses from Japan and other countries will present cutting-edge technologies, as well as state-of-the-art equipment.
One of the five largest motor shows in the world, the highly entertaining Tokyo Motor Show’s 41st installment will have the theme "Fun Driving for Us, Eco Driving for Earth." The theme expresses the desire to take pleasure in driving automobiles while also caring for the environment, underscoring the idea that both are not mutually exclusive and presenting both "Fun" and "Eco" in a positive light.
Most of the parts for the world’s aerospace industry are manufactured in East Asia, and many small Japanese companies possess an even higher level of technology and skill but have a hard time competing in the international market because of lack of promotion and information. This exhibition can help both small and major companies achieve a closer relationship with the aero space industry and allow users and buyers to experience the very latest technology.
  ęCEATEC JAPAN Organizing Committee. ©JNTO ©JNTO
Kyoto Winter Special 2010

Experience Kyoto amidst the magic that only winter can offer.

Shinsen-en Garden in Kyoto

The city of Kyoto will once again this year be hosting the ever popular "Kyoto Winter Special" campaign, introducing you to the little-known wintertime attractions of this magical city full of history and culture.

During the Kyoto Winter Special, you can immerse yourself in the sensation of serenity and mystery that the austere winter atmosphere brings to Kyoto. Marvel at the delicate beauty of Japanese gardens and elegant, traditional machiya-style houses, unique to Kyoto, all beneath a veil of glistening snow. The bare plants and trees of the flowerless winter scenery also present an unrivalled opportunity to appreciate the distinct Japanese "wabi-sabi" sense of aesthetic, in the sweeping views of the mountainsides, and the bold architectural style of the city’s striking shrines and temples.

In addition to being mesmerized by the breathtaking winter scenery, Kyoto Winter Special offers an ever expanding wealth of opportunities for unique and unforgettable experiences, including: the "Hanatouro" festivities, where Kyoto’s evening scenery is bathed in an enchanting lamp-lit glow; "Tea Party with Maiko," offering close interactions with maiko, masters of understated conduct and traditional performing arts; and the "Restaurant Winter Special," during which you can enjoy wholesome and visually spectacular cuisine to your heart’s content, all at moderate prices. Furthermore, special offers at every hotel during this period make an economical stay in Kyoto possible.

Discover more about Kyoto and the special attractions of this popular seasonal event, hosted by the Kyoto Tourism Council, at http://www.kyotowinterspecial.com/index.html.

Visit our MICE Website!

Keep updated on Japan conventions, MICE news, hotel and travel deals and more!

If you haven’t visited our Meetings & Incentives website yet, there is no better time than now to check out upcoming events and travel deals for your next meeting in Japan.

Tokyo night sightseeing
helicopter tour

Are you a meeting planner or other MICE industry professional looking for an exciting and unforgettable destination at which to hold your next event? Look no further than the cutting-edge yet tradition-centric Land of the Rising Sun-Japan! And while you’re at it, go to the JNTO Meetings & Incentives website for updated information about holding an event in Japan, including upcoming industry events, airfare and hotel deals, Japan travel rankings and acknowledgments, and much more! Of special interest currently are two convention/meeting packages available from Hotel New Otani Tokyo and Peninsula Tokyo. You can also view past editions of the MICE newsletter you are currently reading, as well as visit our Virtual Meeting World Japan Booth for help on planning your event.

In addition, information for the next installment of our Meet Japan hosted buyers program has been posted. Meet Japan 2010 will be held February 25-March 4 and gives you the opportunity to explore all that Japan has to offer through a detailed and highly informative first-hand exposition of Japan’s convention cities and venues, as well as exciting cultural and entertaining activities for your guests to engage in. Applications are currently being accepted, and the deadline is December 22, so apply now!

JNTO Meetings & Incentives website: http://www.japantravelinfo.com/mice/index.php.


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