Destination Focus: Japan for incentive trips and conferences

Posted by: Kate Gunn on April 3rd, 2014 IN Conferences

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We think it is vital that we have the latest insights and information at our fingertips when planning events, meetings and incentives. When searching for a destination we like to have first-hand knowledge so that we can create bespoke experiences that truly resonate with the target audience. Kate Gunn, our head of logistics, recently went to Kyoto & Tokyo in Japan for a FAM trip to get a scope of what’s available for incentive trips and conferences.

Japan offers a very wide range of attractions, from historical and cultural treasures to modern and futuristic sights and beautiful forests, mountains and sea coasts. This variety makes Japan the perfect location for a conference or incentive trip.

Our first stop was the most populous metropolitan area in the world, Tokyo. We stayed at The Peninsula hotel, which is home to the amazing Peter Bar on the 24th Floor, and we spent the second half of our time in Tokyo at the Shangri-La, which is great for a bit of peace amidst the city commotion.

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If you’re in Tokyo a must-see is the city’s Sky Tree – and to be honest it’s hard to miss it! Built on the concept of a fusion of futuristic design and the traditional beauty of Japan, Tokyo’s Sky Tree overlooks the city and boasts being the tallest tower in the world.

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In terms of conference facilities and business trips, Tokyo is very much an international city with many high rise buildings and a plethora of hotels and meeting facilities – the Peninsula Ballroom can hold up to 300 people theatre-style and the Shangri-La Ballroom 270. Tokyo is also home to the TIF (Tokyo International Forum) – the city’s main cultural, arts and business centre.

However, Kyoto is more suited to incentive trips rather than conferences – outside of Tokyo shows more of the “real” Japan.

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto is very straightforward – just hop on the super speedy Shinkansen Bullet Train to Kyoto, which will take around 2 ½ hours. These bullet trains are known for their punctuality, comfort, safety and efficiency and they very much lived up to that whilst we were there.

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In Kyoto, marvel at the Golden Pavillion ‘Kinkakuji’ temple. The top two floors of this Zen Buddhist temple are completely covered in gold leaf and the temple as a whole is absolutely stunning. The surrounding traditional Japanese gardens are also beautiful, so take some time to meander.

Follow this with shopping in the Ninezaka streets, which are the oldest and most atmospheric streets in Kyoto, paved with flagstone and crowded with traditional wooden storefronts, tea houses and restaurants.

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We would encourage clients to visit Japan in spring time so as to catch the world-famous Japanese spring blossoms; after the period of full bloom the small, round shaped flowers start to flutter gracefully from their trees creating a really beautiful sight.

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We were very humbled by the fascinating Japanese culture and an admirably strong respect for each other. Also – as always noted in Japan – the toilets are very high tech!

If you are interested in having a chat about what Japan has to offer then please give me a call.  Or  if you are thinking about ParisNew YorkAbu DhabiMarrakeshSorrento or Singapore for meetings or incentives, why not check out our other reviews elsewhere on this blog?

Kate Gunn

Kate Gunn

As Line Up’s Head of Logistics, Kate is a multi-tasker extraordinaire and expert problem solver. Her knowledge of destinations and venues is second to none – the walking, talking Google of the event and incentive world. Her passion for food is right up there with her passion for travel and she claims there is nothing she won’t try!

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