Asia Destinations | Japan
Key Points for Planners
- 6 International airports provide access throughout Japan
- English-speaking staff are widely found in major tourist destinations
- Multiple, purpose-built, convention cities facilitate large groups
Hospitality, thy name is Japan. No culture is more celebrated for its ageless traditions of courtesy and hospitality than the Japanese, whose ancient tea ceremonies symbolize their age-old commitment to beauty, generosity, and courtesy. Japan is a fusion of age-old tradition and cutting-edge progress. It’s perfectly ordinary to see state-of-the-art cable cars deliver visitors to ancient monastic temples and robed monks going about their business in luxury cars.
Tradition is still alive throughout the country, however—the tea ceremony, karate, and a host of genuine cultural experiences remain untouched by time. It is an immensely deep and profound culture and one whose legendary work ethic made the country a miraculous post-war monolith of industry. Japan is also a superbly creative culture. From fashion to architecture to technology to pop music to animé—Japan is the epicenter of progress and cultural cool. Progress and cool are evident even in the cuisine scene.
Tokyo has more Michelin-starred restaurants than any other city in the world, while the famed artistry found in street food and local sushi shops remains top notch. The Japanese landscape is remarkably diverse in its terrain and climate–offering everything from snowy mountainside ski resorts to coral reef-ringed islands, large metropolitan areas and charming rural villages. It’s northernmost point near Hokkaido is a sub-frigid zone while the southern tip near Okinawa is subtropical.
All that diversity is especially remarkable considering the country is about the size of California. The Japanese work ethic, its energy and aesthetic, and its innate gift for hospitality make this a superb destination for meetings, incentives, and events. Throughout Japan are dozens of “international convention cities” purpose-built to host international groups. Japan’s meeting venues and staff are a cut-above ordinary and everyday and delivering the proverbial “WOW!” is all in a day’s work.