a major manufacturing hub for everything from biotechnology to robotics, helping to attract major trade shows
and conferences like the International Rubber Conference 2016. For larger exhibitions, The West Japan General
Exhibition Center on Kitakyushu’s waterfront has multiple flexible spaces, including the main building’s 75,340
square feet and the annex’s 86, 100 square feet.
Ideal for meetings of 1,000 attendees or fewer,
Kitakyushu International Conference Center (KICC) is
a short walk from Kokura rail station, which shuttles
passengers to Kitakyushu Airport in under 36 minutes.
KICC is also ideal for groups with attendees from multiple countries, as one of its conference rooms comes
equipped with an interpretation system capable of
translating four languages simultaneously. Close to 20
hotels surround this main convention campus, including the RIHGA Royal Hotel Kokura, which also offers
meeting and banquet spaces.
For more information: West Japan Industry and
Trade Convention Association — + 81 ( 93) 551 111;
Fukuoka ranks as Japan’s No. 2 city for business events,
just after Tokyo. Its southern location puts it within a 1.5-
hour flight to South Korea and other East Asian destina-
MEMORIAL OF PEACE
The Genbaku Dome, also
known as the A-Bomb Dome,
has been preserved in its
ruined state from the atomic
bomb dropped on Hiroshima
FESTIVE FUNC TION
The ornate ‘battle floats’
of the Kurosaki Gion
Yamakasa festival parade
downtown streets every July.
HOST HOTEL Groups
staying at the 1,053-room
Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk,
conveniently located next
to Fukuoka Yafuoku Dome,
have a perfectly clear view of
tions, and its low-key vibe makes it a favorite of business
travelers. And the waterfront city of 1. 5 million people
has many enticing assets for groups looking for downtime — city parks, beaches, trendy boutiques, and an
emerging culinary scene, all of which come without the
cost and exhausting pace of larger cities.
ACROS Fukuoka offers a wide range of event spaces,
from a state-of-the-art concert hall to an international
conference hall with six simultaneous language interpreters. Outside, the building’s stunning Step Garden,
which covers the south-facing façade, was designed
to blend in with the neighboring Tenjin Cental Park. At
close to 60,000 square feet, ACROS’s green roof is the
largest of its kind in Japan, and grows more than 120 va-rieties of plants.
Fukuoka Convention Center’s (FCC) trio of buildings
plays hosts to everything from sumo wrestling to world
congresses. The FCC’s five-level Fukuoka International
Congress Center houses international conference rooms
and multiple halls, while its Marine Messe Fukuoka has a
flexible arena space for up to 15,000 guests, and Fukuoka
Kokusai Center has more than 54,000 square feet of unobstructed space flexible enough to host large-scale exhibitions, sporting events, and conferences.
For more information: Fukuoka Convention & Visitors
Bureau — + 81 ( 92) 733 0101; fcvb@welcome-fukuoka
. or.jp; www.welcome-fukuoka.or.jp/english