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The Portopia Exposition of 1981 ushered in a new era for Kobe City, transforming it into one of Japan's foremost convention cities, offering various services to a variety of international conventions.
With the full support of companies and business organizations in and around the city, the Kobe Convention Bureau has mobilized its accumulated track record and experiences to launch Meet in Kobe, an attractive services package campaign for convention organizers and participants.

Organizational Support

*1-4 are only provided to international conventions that fall under categories A and B. Please see the below Financial Support section for applicable conditions.

  • 01Complimentary welcome signs.
  • 02Complimentary sake (ceremonial sake barrel) or Kobe wine (limited to 50 bottles).
  • 03Complimentary congress bags.
  • 04Complimentary souvenirs for overseas participants.
  • 05Complimentary promotional videos and pictures of Kobe.
  • 06Introduction to tourist guide volunteers/Japanese cultural experience volunteers.
  • 07Open lecture promotion.
  • 08Introduction to typical Kobe attractions.
  • 09Promotion at conventions held prior to those held in Kobe.
  • 10Complimentary maps.
  • 11Complimentary VIP discount coupons for tourist and commercial facilities.
  • 12Complimentary tourist information services at the convention site.

Financial Support

Subsidy from the city's Portopia '81 Memorial Fund.(The amount of the subsidy is limited to 5% of total costs.)

International conventions Type A Up to 5 million JPY

Applicable conditions

  • 1Held in Kobe.
  • 2Organized by a nonprofit body.
  • 3300 participants or more.
  • 4Five or more participating countries (including Japan), and 100 or more overseas participants.
  • 5Duration of 3 days or more.
  • * In the case of international conferences, it must involve more than two countries, including Japan, and have more than 20 participants.
  • * In the case of international sessions that are an integral part of domestic conferences, it must have a total of more than 20 participants, including more than 10 overseas participants.

International conventions Type B Up to 2 million JPY

Applicable conditions

  • 1Held in Kobe.
  • 2Organized by a nonprofit body.
  • * In the case of international conferences, it must involve more than two countries, including Japan, and have more than 20 participants.
  • * In the case of international sessions that are an integral part of domestic conferences, it must have a total of more than 20 participants, including more than 10 overseas participants.

Subsidy for domestic conventions, etc.

Domestic conventions Up to 2 million JPY

Applicable conditions

  • 1Held in Kobe.
  • 2Organized by a nonprofit body.
  • 3Nationwide conference with 1,000 participants or more (half of participants must be from outside the city).
  • 4Duration of 2 days or more.

Subsidy for staging expositions

Expositions Up to 500,000 JPY

Applicable conditions

  • 1Exhibitions held for the first time in Kobe City.
  • 2Exhibitions with a venue floor space of 1,000 m2 or more.
  • 3Conventions involving 2 or more preparation days.

Subsidy from the Tsutomu Nakauchi Foundation

International and domestic conventions

Established with the aim of attracting conventions to Hyogo Prefecture, including Kobe City, this foundation provides subsidies for international and domestic conventions and loans to cover the costs of preparing to stage these conventions.
For more details, please contact the Tsutomu Nakauchi Foundation. (TEL: 078-303-8111)
* Dual applications can be made with the Portopia '81 Memorial Fund and other subsidy systems for domestic conventions, etc.

Services for Convention Organizers

  • 1Submission of applications (All applications must be submitted by November 30th of the year prior to the convention concerned.)
  • 2Approval of the convention.
  • 3Consultation on services.
  • 4Provision of services.

Please contact the following office to apply.

Kobe Convention Bureau

TEL :+81-78-303-0090 Contact Us

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