Kyoto’s Enkoji Temple at the height of its dazzling autumn colors.
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Special “Meet Japan” Edition for Association Executives and Meeting Planners!
Details on “Meet Japan” 2010 Hosted Buyers Program Inside!


October 2009   


Mino City in Gifu Prefecture is known for producing the highest quality washi, or Japanese paper, in Japan as well as the world. Because of this notoriety, much of its tourism revolves around the paper, including the annual ”Mino-Washi Akari-Art Exhibition”, which has the public make lanterns made from this high-quality washi. Lanterns of all shapes, sizes and colors, ranging from traditional to modern to avant-garde, illuminate Mino’s traditional-style streets during the middle of October each year.
©Mino City

Meet Japan 2010 Details Announced!

All the information you need about the next installment of our popular Meet Japan familiarization trip!

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What’s Up in Japan

Gifu and Okinawa introduce an increase in support for international conferences and incentive travels.

Meet Japan 2010 Details Announced!

All the information you need about the next installment
of our popular Meet Japan familiarization trip!

The Japan Convention Bureau, a division of the Japan National Tourism Organization, in cooperation with Japan’s International Convention Cities, invites association executives and international meeting planners to come to Japan for a one week period at the end of next February as our guests to participate in our “Meet Japan” Hosted Buyers Program in 2010.

For international convention decision makers who are considering Japan as a site for their events, February 25 – March 4, 2010 are dates to save. To help promote Japan as an international convention destination, JNTO is pleased to offer the continuation of our "Meet Japan" Hosted Buyers Program. If you are planning to hold an international convention in Japan in the near future, seriously investigating the possibility, or currently holding or preparing to hold a convention there, this program is for you. It offers you the opportunity to visit Japan's beautiful major convention cities and learn first-hand about their superb meeting and tourism amenities. During the week-long excursion, you'll discover the warm hospitality and unique charm of each of Japan's diverse convention cities and get all the information you need to make your next meeting in Japan a smashing success. The 2010 program and application information are outlined below.


Program Name : Hosted Buyers Program, "Meet Japan 2010"

Dates: February 25 – March 4, 2010 (Japan time)

Participant Qualifications:

  • President, General Secretary or Member of the site selection committee of an international organization
  • Organization has a Japanese branch or members who are actively seeking to hold the event in Japan
  • Preference goes to those who have not participated in Meet Japan in the past

Package: Includes business-class round-trip air fare to Japan and transportation, accommodation (six nights) and meals during the program. *Not Included: Airport taxes, meals not specified and items of a personal nature.


Feb. 25 (Thurs)Depart from your country.
Feb. 26 (Fri)Arrive in Japan. You will be transferred to Tokyo.
Feb. 27- Mar. 2 (Sat-Tue)Inspection Tours visiting regional International Convention Cities.
Mar. 3 (Wed)Participate in "Meet Japan" activities (session with cities) and reception.
Mar. 4 (Thu)Depart from Japan.

Application Deadline: Tuesday, December 22, 2009 (Japan Time)

How To Apply: If you are interested in participating in this program, please contact our North American regional office by e-mail, fax or standard mail and return to us your completed Application Form (link below). Upon receipt of this information, we will respond to you for further details.

JNTO North American Office: Ms. Miki Motegi-Hall, Convention Manager Japan Convention Bureau,
New York Office 11 West 42nd Street, 19th Floor New York, NY 10036 USA
Tel: +1-212-757-5641 ext. 21    Fax: +1-212-307-6754    Email:

See you in February!

Past Meet Japan participants enjoy a Japanese reception.
Learning about traditional Japanese fashion
and aesthetics during Meet Japan.
What’s Up in Japan

Gifu and Okinawa introduce an increase in support
for international conferences and incentive travels.

Many cities all over Japan have a variety of subsidization schemes to attract and support international conferences and incentive tours. In this issue, we’d like to introduce the support systems of Gifu – a city famous for its Japanese paper products, high-quality craftworks and 1300-year-old tradition of cormorant fishing – and Okinawa – a resort island with magnificent nature in Japan’s only subtropical region.

Gifu, located about 50 minutes from Centrair airport or about 20 minutes from Nagoya by train, is an excellent choice as a post-tour destination for international conferences and incentive meetings in Nagoya. At the center of the city is the verdant Mt. Kinka, with Gifu Castle at its summit and the clear waters of the Nagara River at its foot. Demonstrations of cormorant fishing are held on the river almost every night from May through October. This tradition goes back more than 1300 years, and the fishing masters still operate by a hereditary system. Many celebrities have visited the river, with Charlie Chaplin being one of the enthusiastic past observers of this fascinating event.

The Nagaragawa Convention Center, adjacent to Gifu Miyako Hotel (192 rooms), was designed by the world-renowned architect Tadao Ando. The splendid panoramic view of both Mt. Kinka and the Nagara River from its conference facilities is sure to make your conferences and incentive meetings unforgettable. For more on what the Center has to offer, see their English website:

NagaragawaConvention Center

Gifu has increased its support for shuttle bus services for events organized by corporations and associations and its subsidies for the costs of meeting facilities and chartered tour buses. Now, even small groups with 15 or more foreign participants can apply. For details, see the support program web page:

World Event and Convention Complex Gifu Tourism and Convention Support Program

Okinawa is one of Japan’s hottest resort convention destinations, blessed with a subtropical climate and top-notch international conference facilities. The Bankoku Shinryokan, built for the Kyushu-Okinawa G8 Summit in 2000, faces the picturesque Busena Point and is a facility with an impeccable resort atmosphere. Meanwhile, the Okinawa Convention Center features 10 meeting rooms for workgroups of up to 500 participants, a 2500 m2 event hall, and a large, 1700-seat theater hall to meet every need for general conferences, international congresses and mass meetings.

The Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau now offers subsidies of up to 500,000 yen for chartered buses or entertainment expenses to meeting and incentive organizers that meet the following four conditions:
1)Groups must be traveling from overseas to Okinawa.
2)Events or trips must start between October 1, 2009 and February 28, 2010.
3)There must be a minimum of 40 participants in the group.
4)All participants must stay at least one night in Okinawa.

In addition, Okinawa can offer exciting excursion plans to highlight the charm of the city, as well as volunteers and other kinds of convention support. There are programs that allow you to try your hand at traditional crafts like Ryukyu glass blowing, ceramics, dyeing and weaving, along with eco tours to experience the unique nature of Okinawa. With the sun shining from a clear blue sky over brilliantly colored flowers, Okinawa truly is a magical place.

For more information on the Bankoku Shinryokan, Okinawa Convention Center and Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau, visit the following links:

Bankoku Shinryokan

Okinawa Convention Center

Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau

The 1300-year-old, ever-popular cormorant fishing
on Nagaragawa River in Gifu.
The Bankoku Shinryokan, scene of the 2000 G8 Summit, surrounded by Busena Point in Okinawa.


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Fax: 212-307-6754