Nagoya is a thriving manufacturing hub that is both
modern and historic, filled with everything from designer shopping to sacred shrines. And its central location
and extensive rail connections make it a great jumping-off point to see the rest of Japan.
Nagoya has a long lineage of contributions to Japanese history and culture. Groups can start with the 15th-
century Nagoya Castle, then work their way up to the
21st century with the Toyota Commemorative Museum
of Industry and Technology and the SCMAGLEV and Railway Park, which is devoted to maglev trains. Nagoya is
Japan’s third-largest economic center, due mostly to its
thriving automotive industry. The city’s robotics industry is also up-and-coming.
Meeting facilities in Nagoya mirror the city’s mix of
ancient and modern. Although it was built in the 20th
century, the Nagoya Noh Theater recalls the traditional
Noh style of theater design from the 15th-through-17th-
century Edo Period. Besides hosting performances and
lectures in its 630-seat theater, the facility can accommodate banquets and receptions. For larger meetings,
Nagoya Congress Center has four buildings, each housing conference, exhibition, and multipurpose spaces.
The shrines and gardens of Nagoya also make handsome settings for banquets and receptions, including
Tokugawaen garden and pond, next to the Tokugawa
Art Museum; and the Jingu Kaikan wedding hall at the
Atsuta Shrine. At Shirotori Garden, groups can learn the
arts of kado (flower arranging), sado (tea ceremony), and
kitsuke (kimono dressing).
For more information: Nagoya Convention & Visitors
Bureau — + 81 ( 52) 202 1146; firstname.lastname@example.org;
As the capital of Japan for more than 1,000 years, Kyoto
played a major role in shaping Japanese culture. Groups
will want to visit one of the city’s 2,000-plus temples and
shrines, some of them graced with karesansui (rock gardens); explore the preservation district’s winding streets,
lined with machiya (traditional wooden townhouses);
and, of course, take in an enchanting geisha performance.
Kyoto is also rich with stellar hotels and meeting facili-
ties. Operating since 1966, Kyoto International Conference
Center has hosted more than 16,000 meetings and confer-
ences, including the 1997 United Nations Climate Change
Conference, which created the Kyoto Protocol for reducing
greenhouse-gas emissions. The complex includes several
buildings with spaces for conferences and exhibitions, as
well as a hotel, a Japanese garden, and a teahouse.
A number of new venues will open in 2015 and beyond.
Nijo Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Japan’s most popular tourist attractions, now can accommodate special events. Rohm Theatre Kyoto will reopen
in January 2016 as a meeting venue, with its largest space
capable of holding up to 2,000 guests. New hotels are also
opening around the city. The 39-room Suiran, Starwood’s
first Luxury Collection Hotel in Japan, opened on the
grounds of the Tenryu-ji Temple — a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Kyoto’s Arashiyama district — this past April.
For more information: Kyoto Convention & Visitors
Bureau — + 81 ( 75) 212 4140; email@example.com;
MEET IN NAGOYA In Sakae, one of Nagoya’s main downtown
neighborhoods, the spaceship-shaped Oasis 21 houses
restaurants, stores, a bus terminal, and event space.
MULTIPURPOSE VENUE The Kyoto International Conference
Center’s 1. 6 million square feet encompasses 70-plus conference rooms, the 1,840-seat Main Hall, and much more.