The Land of the RIS­ING SUN wel­comes MICE

Look­ing for a new paradigm in busi­ness in­vo­ca­tion? Then, Ja­pan is sure to in­spire you with fresh ideas! Be it about im­prov­ing team work, ex­pe­ri­enc­ing high standards in hos­pi­tal­ity or sus­tain­abil­ity, Ja­pan has all this and much more to of­fer...

Micetalk - - Cover Story - Kan­chan Nath

Ja­pan, true to its tag of be­ing The Land of the Ris­ing Sun, has an enormous po­ten­tial for MICE. The coun­try has ex­pe­ri­ence in host­ing in­ter­na­tional as­so­ci­a­tion con­fer­ences and meet­ings and has one of the largest na­tional mem­ber­ships within many in­ter­na­tional as­so­ci­a­tions. The coun­try's net­work of lo­cal con­ven­tion bu­reaus, pro­fes­sional congress or­gan­is­ers and DMCs bring a level of pro­fes­sion­al­ism to all its events. Ja­pan's pub­lic trans­porta­tion sys­tem is one of the world's largest. The net­work of avi­a­tion and rail sys­tems make it pos­si­ble for trav­ellers to ac­cess al­most all of the coun­try with ease. Within in­di­vid­ual cities also, the sub­way and bus routes are well or­gan­ised, mak­ing nav­i­ga­tion sim­ple.

AIR CON­NEC­TIV­ITY

Three air­lines con­nect In­dia to Ja­pan; All Nip­pon Air­ways (ANA) of­fers a di­rect flight from Mum­bai to Tokyo; Delhi to Tokyo; Ja­pan Air­lines (JAL) of­fers di­rect flight from Delhi to Tokyo and Air In­dia of­fers di­rect flight from Delhi to Tokyo. In to­tal, there are 18 di­rect flights avail­able from Delhi to Tokyo in a week be­tween th­ese air­lines. From Mum­bai there is one di­rect flight avail­able for Tokyo daily from ANA, while myr­iad lay­over op­tions are avail­able.

The pop­u­lar MICE cities of Ja­pan in­clude: Tokyo, Yoko­hama, Nagoya, Ky­oto, Osaka, Fukuoka, Sap­poro, Sendai, Chiba, Hiroshima, Kita Kyushu and Kobe.

TOKYO

Tokyo is the main con­ven­tion city and Tokyo Big Sight is one of the big­gest con­ven­tion cen­tres here.

Tokyo In­ter­na­tional Fo­rum (TIF) has a great num­ber of vis­i­tors from Ja­pan and over­seas. It's one of the best con­ven­tion and art cen­ters in Ja­pan and com­prises of eight halls in­clud­ing the coun­try's largest hall with 5,012 seats, 34 meet­ing rooms, gal­leries and oth­ers.

Its great lo­ca­tion right next to the Marunouchi busi­ness cen­ter and the Ginza, the largest shop­ping area, is un­sur­passed. It has a theater ca­pac­ity of 5012, max­i­mum ca­pac­ity of class­room is 612, max­i­mum ca­pac­ity of ban­quets is 1328. It has a ca­pac­ity of 3000 re­cep­tion par­tic­i­pants.

Tokyo Big Sight: Lo­cated in the water­front sub cen­tre of Tokyo, it has great ac­ces­si­bil­ity both do­mes­ti­cally and in­ter­na­tion­ally. Its 80,000-square-me­ter in­door ex­hi­bi­tion space is ideal for all types of ex­hi­bi­tions and events. It also has an in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence hall and re­cep­tion halls with a ca­pac­ity of 1,000 peo­ple, plus meet­ing fa­cil­i­ties for all sizes and pur­poses. The restau­rants in the Tokyo Big Sight and ad­ja­cent ho­tels will cater any par­ties in any of the re­cep­tion halls and meet­ing rooms. It has a the­atre ca­pac­ity of 1100; max­i­mum ca­pac­ity of class­room is 882. Max­i­mum num­ber of re­cep­tion par­tic­i­pants are 800.

MICE ho­tels in Tokyo

Prince Ho­tels

Prince Ho­tels in the Takanawa and Shi­na­gawa area boast over 130 ban­quet halls, in­clud­ing the out­stand­ing Hiten Main Ban­quet Hall.

Ho­tel New Otani

Sit­u­ated in Tokyo, it was built for the Tokyo Olympic Games. It has 1,479 guest rooms and of­fers a ban­quet­ing space of 9404 square me­tres.

Im­pe­rial Ho­tel

The Im­pe­rial Ho­tel has greeted a large num­ber of hon­oured guests through­out its more than 120year his­tory. It of­fers 27 ban­quet­ing rooms in a range of sizes.

Keio Plaza Ho­tel

The ho­tel has an as­sort­ment of 40 meet­ing rooms of var­i­ous sizes that can be used for grand cer­e­monies as well as par­ties.

Hil­ton Tokyo Bay

Hil­ton Tokyo Bay is ide­ally sit­u­ated on the east­ern shores of Tokyo Bay, ad­ja­cent to Tokyo Dis­ney­land and Tokyo Dis­ney Sea. Its 16 meet­ing rooms can cater to ev­ery­thing from small pri­vate din­ners with about 10 guests to large-scale con­fer­ences and ex­hi­bi­tions for up to 1,400 del­e­gates.

YOKO­HAMA

Paci­fico Yoko­hama (Pa­cific Con­ven­tion Plaza Yoko­hama): This world-class con­ven­tion fa­cil­ity com­plex com­prises the 5,000-seat Na­tional

Con­ven­tion Hall, the 20,000 m2 col­umn-less Ex­hi­bi­tion Hall, the Con­fer­ence Cen­tre with 50 rooms of var­i­ous sizes, and a five-star ho­tel with a view of the Yoko­hama Bay.

Workpia Yoko­hama: The three-story Workpia Yoko­hama con­ven­tion fa­cil­ity is a pop­u­lar venue for medium-sized con­ven­tions of 100 to 400 at­ten­dees. It has 10 rooms equipped with mov­able walls to ac­com­mo­date dif­fer­ent space re­quire­ments with ad­vanced ameni­ties.

NAGOYA

Nagoya Congress Cen­tre: Con­ve­niently lo­cated a 40-minute train ride from Cen­tral Ja­pan In­ter­na­tional Air­port, the cen­ter has 23 meet­ing rooms. It has a the­atre ca­pac­ity of 3012. It of­fers an ex­hi­bi­tion space of 4295m².

KY­OTO

Ky­oto In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence Cen­ter (ICC KY­OTO): The first and only na­tion­ally-owned in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence hall in Ja­pan has around 70 large and small meet­ing rooms and ex­hi­bi­tion halls.

With 41 years of ex­pe­ri­ence and close co­or­di­na­tion with neigh­bour­ing ho­tels, the cen­ter of­fers ex­cel­lent sup­port and ser­vices. It has 70 meet­ing rooms, the­atre ca­pac­ity of 2500. Its max­i­mum ca­pac­ity of class­room is 1840, for ban­quets is 1700, and re­cep­tion par­tic­i­pants is 2500. The amount of ex­hi­bi­tion space that the cen­tre gives to its clients is about 3000 m².

Ky­oto Re­search Park: Just one stop from Ky­oto Sta­tion, this cen­ter is highly ex­pe­ri­enced in host­ing in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ences, meet­ings, re­search con­fer­ences and ex­hi­bi­tions. Op­tional per­for­mances fea­tur­ing maiko and koto are al­ways pop­u­lar with in­ter­na­tional guests. The max­i­mum num­ber of re­cep­tion par­tic­i­pants it can hold is 300. It of­fers an ex­hi­bi­tion space of 365 m².

OSAKA

In­ter­na­tional Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­ter Osaka (INTEX OSAKA): It has six halls cov­er­ing a to­tal area of nearly 70,000 m2 avail­able for trade shows, ex­hi­bi­tions, con­certs and meet­ings. Limou­sine buses con­nect di­rectly to Hy­att Re­gency.

Osaka In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­ter: Lo­cated in the busi­ness and gov­ern­ment of­fice quar­ter of Nakanoshima, this is a multi-pur­pose fa­cil­ity avail­able for meet­ings, con­certs and ex­hi­bi­tions. It of­fers con­ve­nience, high-qual­ity ser­vice and in­ter­na­tional com­mu­ni­ca­tions. In fall 2008, the Kei­han Nakanoshima Line opened right be­neath the fa­cil­ity pro­vid­ing di­rect ac­cess to key ar­eas like Umeda, and even to Ky­oto. The max­i­mum num­ber of par­tic­i­pants it can hold is 1000.

TIF has the coun­try’s largest hall with 5,012 seats, 34 meet­ing rooms

UNIQUE MICE VENUES

State guest house, Tokyo: While state and of­fi­cial guests are stay­ing at the guest houses, var­i­ous diplo­matic ac­tiv­i­ties are held, such as sum­mit meet­ings, courtesy calls, sign­ing cer­e­monies, re­cep­tions and ban­quets.

Nijo-jo Cas­tle, Ky­oto: At the Nijo-jo Cas­tle UNESCO World Her­itage Site, events are held that take full ad­van­tage of its his­toric value and the great na­tional trea­sures held in the re­gion.

Mo­erenuma Park, Hokkaido: There are 15 build­ings on the premises. Th­ese in­clude the 32m-high Glass Pyra­mid, the sym­bol of the park. The venue has meet­ing rooms, which are equipped with au­dio­vi­sual de­vices, while there are op­ti­mal ex­hi­bi­tion and work­shop spa­ces avail­able.

Glover Gar­den, Na­gasaki: This is a fa­mous sight­see­ing spot na­tion­wide. It can be rented out af­ter clos­ing and one can host a so­cial gath­er­ing. Ok­i­nawa Chu­raumi Aquar­ium, Ok­i­nawa: Hold­ing a gala din­ner or re­cep­tion in front of the gi­gan­tic Kuroshio Sea tank at Ok­i­nawa Chu­raumi Aquar­ium will make any group feel like they are in the mid­dle of the sea.

Glover Gar­den, a sight­see­ing spot, can be rented out, af­ter clos­ing, for so­cial gath­er­ings

Pop­u­lar DMCs in Ja­pan in­clude JTB Global Mar­ket­ing & Travel, Nip­pon Travel Agency, Tobu Top Tour, Kinki Nip­pon Tourist, Tonichi Travel and The J Team.

NIGHTLIFE IN JA­PAN

Tokyo is home to one of the most di­verse and fas­ci­nat­ing nightlife scenes in the world. Shibuya, as one of Tokyo's most densely packed and brightly-lit cen­tral dis­tricts, of­fers

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