Five Reasons Why Toyama Prefecture Is an Attractive Location for Conventions
Convenient Access from around the Country and the World
Toyama Prefecture is located in the center of Japan and is approximately the same distance from the three major metropolitan areas of Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya. The high-speed railway line Hokuriku Shinkansen opened in March 2015, connecting Toyama and Tokyo in 2 hours and 8 minutes. Moreover, Toyama Airport is located about 15 minutes from the Toyama city center and services domestic flights from Tokyo and Sapporo as well as international flights from major cities in East Asia including Seoul, Dalian, Shanghai and Taipei, providing excellent access from around the country and the world.
A Wide Variety of Convention Facilities
Toyama Prefecture boasts a unique combination of abundant nature and well-developed urban functions. A large number of inexpensive conference facilities of various sizes and functions are located in the prefecture.
Toyama City is designated by the government as an international conference and tourism city. Many conference centers are located in the city, such as the Toyama Prefectural Civic Center and the International Conference Center, which feature high-grade facilities and the latest systems, making it the ideal place for international conferences. Furthermore, many hotels and restaurants are concentrated along the city tramline “Centram,” making it possible to organize conventions in a pleasant environment and take full advantage of the urban functions of the highly convenient compact city.
In contrast, international convention facilities are also located in Unazuki Onsen, one of Japan’s premier hot spring villages. Here, visitors can participate in conferences and workshops in a relaxing and warm atmosphere surrounded by nature.
Toyama International Conference Center
Toyama Prefectural Civic Center
Kurobe Unazuki International Hall “Selene”
Full of Beautiful Sights to See and Delicious Foods to Eat
With the Northern Alps including the 3,000-meter Tateyama Mountain Range and the bountiful Toyama Bay, Toyama Prefecture has been blessed by nature since ancient times and offers a wide variety of sights and local cuisine to enjoy.
There is an abundance of must-see sights, such as world-famous tourist sites including the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route and the remote mountain village of gassho-style houses in the World Heritage Site of Gokayama, as well as Zuiryu-ji and other historic temples, old city streets and modern museums.
The prefecture also offers the country's only convention taxi system, which gives a 50% discount to participants of conventions who take sightseeing tours of the prefecture using taxis.
Great Snow Walls,
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Toyama Bay Sushi
Comprehensive Support Systems
Toyama Prefecture and the Toyama Convention Bureau provide a wide range of support to organizers of conventions at various stages of the planning and organization in accordance to the scale and content of the event. Individual municipalities in the prefecture also offer subsidy systems. These support systems rank among the best in the country.
Careful and Detailed Responses to Consultations
In Toyama Prefecture, the prefecture and the Toyama Convention Bureau Foundation are at the core of a network of public and private organizations involved in conventions and respond to inquiries and consultations in a careful and detailed manner.