Nijo Castle in Kyoto opens gates to corporate events

Event planners looking to host gatherings in historical Kyoto will get a new option. UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, Nijo Castle, in central Kyoto, will welcome business events from April and has appointed 12 coordinators to market and promote events on site.

Ovation Global DMC’s strategic partner in Japan, The J Team DMC, is the only specialist DMC on the list, which comprises local hotel, media, event, travel and catering companies.

James Kent, sales and marketing manager, The J Team DMC, told TTGmice: “Our bid included a wide range of ideas that covered teambuilding, reward and award, workshops and training, as well as parties. I see potential for smaller, tailored events at the castle.”

Kent said Nijo Castle was included in a couple of proposals for autumn, and it is possible for a piece of business to materialise by spring or summer.

The castle’s exterior space is available for gala dinners for up to several thousands of people depending on the size of the marquee, while an indoor area can be booked for meetings with about 200 guests.

The primary concern is damage to the property, so no catering is allowed within the castle building and proper preparations in marquee set-ups are needed.

Kent said: “One of the reasons Nijo Castle is opening up to MICE events is to help raise funds for its current restoration projects. This is a fantastic opportunity for CSR-minded companies to make a valuable contribution to the preservation of a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site by donating to the fund, and receiving recognition for it.”

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