The Ferris wheel at Minato Mirai in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture illuminates the night with the Pacifico Convention Complex and InterContinental Hotel to the right and the old Yokohama red brick ware houses from the Meiji Era, now a restaurant and shopping complex, glowing in soft orange to the left.
© Yasufumi Nishi/ © JNTO

Special "Meet Japan" Edition for Association Executives and Meeting Planners!
Details on "Meet Japan" 2011 Hosted Buyers Program Inside!



October 2010   


The colors of fall burn ablaze at Kaiko-en. Kaiko-en, a beautiful park located in the town of Komoro, Nagano Prefecture. The park is based around the remains of Komoro Castle, build in the 1500s. It is home not only to beautiful autumn sights, but also a significant historical landmark with deep connection to many important feudal families in Japanese history, such as Takeda, Matsudaira and Makino. Kaiko-en also homes a zoo, a museum and other attractions. Koromo Castle is notable in that it was not build above, but below the town it was near, and was referred to in the past at time as "The Castle in the Hole."
© Nagano Prefecture/ © JNTO

Meet Japan 2011 Details Announced!

All the information you need about the next installment of our popular Meet Japan familiarization trip!
Meet Japan 2011 Sites have been announced! This year's sites are Chiba, Nagoya, Kanazawa, Hamamatsu, Matsue, and Takamatsu.








Meet Japan 2011 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 2011.


For international convention decision makers who are considering Japan as a site for their events, February 24 March 3, 2011 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 a number of Japan's diverse convention cities and get all the information you need to make your next meeting in Japan a smashing success.

The sites of Meet Japan 2011 are Chiba, Nagoya, Kanazawa, Hamamatsu, Matsue, and Takamatsu. Participants will have to opportunity to go to a combination of these various sites!

The 2011 program and application information are outlined below.

Event Name: Hosted Buyers Program "Meet Japan 2011"
Date: February 24 - March 3, 2011 (Japan Time)
Participant Qualifications:
1) President, general secretary or a member of
site selection committee of an international organization.
2) An international organization has a Japanese branch or members
who are actively seeking to hold the event in Japan
3) New participants to Meet Japan will be given preference
over previous participants

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.24, Thu. Departure from your country
Feb.25, Fri. Arrival in Japan. You will be transferred to Tokyo.
Feb. 26- Mar. 1, Sat.-Tue. Inspection Tours visiting regional International Convention Cities.
Mar. 2, Wed. Participate in "MEET JAPAN" activities
(Session with cities) and Reception.
Mar. 3, Thu. Departure from Japan

Application Deadline:
Wednesday, December 22, 2010 (Japan Time)

How to Apply:
" If you are interesting in applying to this program, please fill out the application form provided below. The application can be submitted by fax, traditional mail or email to the JNTO address provided below. Upon receipt of your application, we will respond to you for further details. "

For participants from North America, please contact:
Ms. Miki Motegi-Hall, Convention Manager
Japan Convention Bureau, New York Office
11 West 42nd Street, 19th Floor
New York, NY 10036, USA
Phone. +1-212-757-5641 Fax. +1-212-307-6754

See you in February!

This event is supported by Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd.

Past Meet Japan participants enjoy a gardenside meal.


Meet Japan participants take in a Geisha
performance in Kanazawa.



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