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Information about Tokyo and competition venues are provided below.


With nearly 10 percent of Japan’s population living within the metropolitan area, Tokyo continues to function in providing a world-class level experience in cultural activities. Enjoy Japanese hospitality while visiting historic attractions, entertainment venues, or through fine dining. Along with general safety, Japan’s public services and transportation are delivered on a scale befitting the world’s largest metropolitan region.

Tokyo is a cornucopia of sightseeing delights such as the old downtown area where futuristic Tokyo Skytree coexists with an ancient temple. As Harajuku sets trends for youth culture, relax and enjoy Odaiba, a popular waterfront area. Visitor can even explore Ogasawara Islands, a world heritage site.


Sapporo is the largest city in the northernmost main island of Hokkaido, with a population of 1.9 million. The city is a popular destination for Japanese and international travelers alike, who flock to the city for cultural events. The annual Sapporo Snow Festival has gigantic ice sculptures, culinary delights ranging from ramen and Genghis Khan lamb barbeque to fresh seafood. Enjoy the natural scenic beauty of Hokkaido's wide plains, mountains, and coastlines. Sapporo hosted the 1972 Winter Olympics and the 2002 FIFA World Cup. The city is also home to professional baseball and soccer teams.

Odon Park serves as an oasis for its citizens and the park is popular with many people. Located in the heart of the city, this park is blessed with lush greenery, as various events are held throughout the year, highlighting its four seasons.


Feisty and proud in its individuality, Osaka is Japan’s third most populous prefecture. Osaka City is the capitol, and the prefecture is in the Kansai region of Honshu, widely considered as the cultural and historical “heart” of Japan.

Many historical landmarks include Osaka Castle, Shitennoji Temple, and the Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine prominently featured in the novel, The Tale of Genji.

Also, Osaka had a significant, historical role as being the gateway to Asia. For Japan, Osaka was the ancient Silk Road enabling trade to flourish. Presently, Osaka is well-known as an industrial and commercial center. The headquarters for Japanese companies in pharmaceuticals, trade, electronics, food, and construction are located at Osaka.

Osaka Castle is the symbol of the city’s past and present prosperity. Culturally and socially, Osaka’s identity is very distinct from Tokyo, manifesting itself through dialect and regional cuisine. In fact, Osaka is the “kitchen of Japan,” for its role as a food distribution center serving the entire country. Most popular dishes include Takoyaki, battered octopus and Okonomiyaki, griddled pancakes.


Kobe is Japan’s sixth-largest city and the capitol of Hyogo Prefecture. Along with Kyoto and Osaka, the city is the main pillar of the Kansai region. Visit Kobe’s spectacular waterfront vistas and Amira, Japan’s oldest Hot Springs. Or enjoy the illuminated night sky at the Port of Kobe Fireworks Festival during the summer month. While in the city, taste the premium Kobe Beef and seafood renowned for its quality. Also, the Nadagogo District is Japan’s leading sake-producing region. Home to numerous breweries, Japan’s traditional alcoholic beverage is made from fermented rice producing a dry or flavorful sake.

The Port of Kobe Fireworks Festival is held every summer. Visitors can enjoy the illuminated night sky from these colorful and spectacular fireworks. Also, Kobe is famous throughout the world for its superb Kobe Beef, but Kobe is also renowned for high-quality seafood and many other delicious local specialties. The Nadagogo district is home to numerous sake breweries that continue to produce great-tasting sake, making this Japan's leading sake-producing region.


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