Destination Guide: Japan
C&IT’s sponsored guide to Japan will help you find the most exciting hotels, venues, activities, restaurants and convention centres when planning your next event.
Visiting Japan seems to be on everyone’s bucket list; with centuries-old traditions co-existing with some of the world’s newest technology, Japan has something for everyone. With its diverse geography, Japan is simultaneously a top skiing destination, city adventure, mountain retreat, and beach resort.
A visit to Japan is also an opportunity to experience new ideas. Cultural activities like kabuki theatre or ninja lessons cannot be found anywhere else in the world. At the same time, Japan is a leading force for research and development in diverse industries, and a place where knowledge and talent meet. Truly, new ideas start here.
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Japanese cities have an extensive track record of hosting successful congresses, meetings and incentives. Our venues, DMCs and supplier partners in various industries bring a level of expertise and professionalism that fosters successful meetings. Additionally, Japan is renowned for its spirit of hospitality—omotenashi—and for the safety of its cities, ensuring that visitors have a pleasant experience.
Japan has three international hub airports with direct connections to Europe: Tokyo International Airport (Haneda) and Narita International Airport in the Tokyo area and Kansai International Airport in Osaka.
Japan also has one of the largest and most efficient public transportation systems in the world. The high-speed rail network and domestic airports make accessing all corners of Japan simple and convenient.
Visitors with passports from 62 countries, including EU members, do not require visas for short stays.
Cultural experiences including tea ceremony, flower arranging, Kabuki theatre and calligraphy.
Interactive activities including ninja lessons, taiko drumming, meditation seminars, and sake tastings.
Team-building activities like cooking lessons, beach Olympics, Nintendo themed go-kart races, and pop culture challenges.
Outdoor activities including skiing, snorkelling and diving, and hiking ancient pilgrimage trails.
Most people think of sushi when they think of Japanese food, without realising that Japan is home to a rich and diverse culinary culture that ranges from delicate fine dining to savoury street food and everything in between. Healthy bento boxes make a re-energising lunch option for meeting delegates and Japan also has unique venues that offer hands on culinary experiences like Japanese sweet making lessons or sake and whisky tastings.
Japan is blessed with diversity of culture, nature, and cuisine and any itinerary can be tailored to incorporate various aspects of authentic Japanese culture. Vibrant urban cities offer cutting-edge experiences, and just outside the cities you can find ski slopes, mountain retreats, or beach resorts. Japan has something for everyone.
The geographical layout of Japan’s cities offers the unique opportunity to combine multiple cities into a single itinerary. An itinerary including the modern metropolis of Tokyo and the cultural centre of Kyoto is the most requested, but a new direct flight to Fukuoka from Finnair and a new high-speed rail link to Kanazawa makes a combination of Osaka and Fukuoka or Tokyo and Kanazawa a great opportunity to experience a side of Japan that most first-timers don’t get the chance to see.
Japan has a purpose-built conference venue in almost every major city and a growing portfolio of unique venues including traditional temples, cultural icons, and modern architectural gems. More and more luxury international hotel brands are choosing to expand in Japan and a night in traditional Japanese-style ryokan is an experience only found in Japan.
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Sendai is a smaller, more relaxed city than Tokyo, ideal for events of up to 1,000 delegates.