In Japan, visitors can attend traditional
events like the Gion Festival, which dates
back more than a millennium but now takes
place against the backdrop of soaring office
buildings. Wherever they go, MICE participants
will appreciate the close attention to detail
that characterizes Japanese society, as well as
distinctive elements like traditional crafts, local
cuisine and historic sites. Visitors are often
wowed by aspects of everyday life that locals
find normal — including the seemingly hectic
yet organized “scramble intersection” of Shibuya,
the automatically opening taxi doors, and the
neat lines of commuters waiting to board the
amazingly well-run trains.
A Track Record of Quality
Japan’s long-standing dedication to quality,
together with the age-old Japanese spirit of
hospitality, creates an ambiance that’s unbeatable
for international MICE groups. The fact that the
Japan Convention Bureau was founded way back
in 1960 is proof of the nation’s experience and
excellence in the art of hosting global meetings
The human factor is a key element in Japan’s
quality of service. Planners will find operational
staff with the reliability, knowledge and flexibility
to ensure that there are no unwelcome surprises
during any meeting or event. Also worth noting
is the natural courtesy and consideration that
Japanese people have for others, as well as
their ability to swiftly adapt to cutting-edge
technology. It’s no wonder that Japan is known
for such high standards of quality.
Safe and Clean Cities
Japan is known around the world for its high
level of safety, as well as its impressive cleanliness.
These people-pleasing factors help make Japan
an even more popular choice for planners and
attendees. Japan is, in fact, one of the safest
nations on earth, and also offers impressive
amenities and services, such as 24-hour urban
EASY ACCESS JAPAN
A big selling point for Japan is the easy access. An ever-growing array of nonstop flights
from key U.S. cities has brought the destination closer than ever before. In fact, a trip to Japan from the United States is often easier and shorter than flying to Europe, the Middle East
and Australia, and it’s closer than other Asian destinations, too. Four airports in Japan offer
direct flights from the U.S.
Japan’s main gateway airports — Narita International Airport and Tokyo International (Haneda) Airport, both of which serve Tokyo, Chubu
Centrair International Airport, which serves Nagoya, and International Airport in Osaka — make the arrival and departure experience swift
and efficient. Modern regional airports make it possible to reach a variety of cities in Japan within two hours of arriving in Tokyo, and the
Shinkansen high-speed railway lines (often called the bullet train) provides swift connections to reach even more parts of the country. From
start to finish, Japan is designed to make travel pleasant for groups of every size.
convenience stores in most cities and spotlessly
clean public restrooms — many of which are
accessible for people with disabilities — that are
almost always free.
For all of these reasons and more, Japan is
uniquely positioned to serve the MICE market.
And the world has taken note. Japan’s strong
economy, as well as its leading role in science
and industry, underscores the destination’s
natural allure as a place to meet and do business.
And Japan’s tourism offices, private sector and
suppliers are well versed at using innovative
methods and spot-on service to take the MICE
experience to the next level.