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1st Aichi-Nagoya Press Tour
[Schedule] Tuesday, September 17 to Wednesday, September 18, 2019

[Theme] <Understanding Aichi-Nagoya, an area where traditional techniques continue to be used and the manufacturing industry thrives in the global market>

  • The next goal of CHUBU Centrair International Airport, Nagoya, the gateway to the Chubu region
  • Strategy of Japan’s first international convention and exhibition center directly connected to the international airport
  • Artisans’ skills used to restore historic architecture burnt to the ground during WWII
  • Globalizing Arimatsu Shibori, a traditional industry with a 400-year history ― challenges of a young artist ―
  • Karakuri dolls preserved by a craftsman’s skills that laid the foundation of the manufacturing industry


Aichi-Nagoya has world-class clusters of next-generation industries including aerospace and robotics, in addition to various traditional industries such as pottery, ceramic ware, and textiles, and automobiles, the dominant industry. It also offers diverse attractions that span history, tradition, and culture, including the samurai culture, Nagoya-meshi (Nagoya’s unique cuisine), and a wealth of tourist sites.


This tour will take participants to Aichi-Nagoya where the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting will be held in November to visit CHUBU Centrair International Airport, the gateway by air to the Chubu region, and interview craftsmen who are preserving traditional techniques for future generations.


[Itinerary for news coverage]

*For details of the coverage, please refer to the PDF file attached on the page above

1. CHUBU Centrair International Airport, Nagoya (Terminal 2, FLIGHT OF DREAMS)

Participants will visit the terminal 2 which will open on September 20 responding to the LCC flights, and an aircraft theme park (directly connected to the airport) where the first-ever Boeing 787 Dreamliner is on display.


2. Aichi Sky Expo
Participants will visit Japan’s first international convention and exhibition center (opening on August 30) directly connected to the international airport.


3. Hommaru Palace, Nagoya Castle
Participants will interview craftsmen who were engaged in the project to restore the Nagoya Castle palace that was built 400 years ago but burnt to the ground during WWII.


4. K. Takeda Co., Ltd./Arimatsu Shibori
Participants will interview a young artist who is working to spread Arimatsu Shibori, a traditional craft with a 400-year history, outside Japan.


5. Tamaya Shobei’s Atelier
Participants will interview a karakuri doll artisan who has inherited the traditional techniques that laid the foundation of the manufacturing industry.


6. G20 Aichi Nagoya Foreign Ministers’ Meeting Promotion Council
Participants will learn about the work being done by the local support organization to ensure the success of the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting.


Participants will inspect the meeting venue. (The hotel will also be used as accommodation.)


[Tour itinerary]

1. Schedule

* The schedule is not yet finalized, and is subject to change without notice.


<Day 1: Tuesday, September 17>

08:10–09:47    Tokyo Sta. to Nagoya Sta. (Nozomi No. 15)

11:00–12:00    CHUBU Centrair International Airport Terminal 2

12:00–14:00    FLIGHT OF DREAMS (including lunch)

14:00–15:00    Aichi Sky Expo

16:00–17:00    NAGOYA KANKO HOTEL (inspection of the venue of the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting)

18:00–18:30    Explanation of the project by the G20 Aichi Nagoya Foreign Ministers’ Meeting Promotion Council

18:30–20:00    Dinner


Day 2: Wednesday, September 18

08:30               Departure from NAGOYA KANKO HOTEL

09:00–11:30    Hommaru Palace, Nagoya Castle

12:15–13:15    Cafe & Bar Showkuro (lunch)

13:15–15:15    K. Takeda Co., Ltd.

16:00–17:30    Tamaya Shobei’s Atelier

19:02–20:43    Nagoya Sta. to Tokyo Sta. (Nozomi No. 250)


2. Qualifications to participate: Professional reporters who are employed by or under a continuous contractual relationship with the press headquartered outside Japan, who engage in news coverage and other activities related to reporting, and who wish to publicize information in articles or programs through the news coverage of this press tour.


3. Participation fee: 10,000 yen (including travel expenses, accommodation fees, and food expenses for the entire itinerary, departing from and returning to Tokyo Station)
* Details including the method of payment and cancellation fees will be notified later to participants.


4. Number of applicants: 10 (one writer and one cameraman per company; up to two persons per TV company)
* If the number of applicants exceeds 10, we may set an upper limit for the number of participants by country.


5. Language: An English interpreter will accompany the tour.


6. Application method: Send an email with the following information for each applicant.

(1) Email:

(2) Required information: 1) affiliation, 2) country of the company’s head office, 3) job title, 4) name, 5) gender, 6) email address, 7) telephone number (which can be reached during the tour), 8) type of media (e.g., TV, newspaper, magazine), 9) name of intended media of publication, 10) remarks, etc. (e.g., dietary restrictions)

* Applicants will be notified later whether they can participate.


7. Contact persons: Imai and Kato, MEITETSU WORLD TRAVEL, INC.

Tel: +81-52-211-2315 (in Japanese)

Email: (in Japanese and English)


8. Remarks:

(1) This press tour is organized by the G20 Aichi Nagoya Foreign Ministers’ Meeting Promotion Council, and is planned and managed by MEITETSU WORLD TRAVEL, INC.

(2) The details of the tour are subject to change without notice.

(3) Participants are required to pay the participation fee to cover part of the expenses, but the tour is not a profit-making project.

(4) The organizer shall not be held liable for any inconvenience, trouble, accident, etc. that may arise during the tour.

(5) When taking photos or recording videos, participants are required to follow the instructions of the staff in charge.

(6) This press tour is organized to enable participating reporters to write articles, etc. and provide information about Aichi-Nagoya to the world. Participating reporters are requested to publicize the information as widely as possible based on news coverage, and to send photocopies, etc. of published articles.

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